Cavity Wall Insulation Saves You Money

Why should you have your home insulated? The answer is simple – to save money and to save the world!

Households consume a large percentage of the worlds energy, and much of that is spent on heating during the cold season. If your home is not properly insulated, you are effectively pouring the heat – and money – out through the walls.

So what do you do about it? Well, if you live in a wooden house of almost any age, or in a brick-house of less than a hundred years of age, chances are very good that you have cavities in your walls. These are perfect for stuffing full of insulation material like mineral-wool or glass-wool. This also has the advantage that it adds to the fire-safety of your home, as it is non-flammable. To get tangible results, cavities of 50 mm or more are required. After that, the sky is pretty much the limit.

What about the cost? Isn’t cavity wall insulation expensive? Actually no – compared to many other improvements you can do to your home, it is quite cheap. Especially considering the return you will be seeing on your investment. Wall insulation will pay for itself many times over, as your heating bills will be permanently reduced for all eternity. You will find it easier to heat your home, and having a constantly comfortable temperature in your home will also help dry out moisture that might build up during the cold and wet season. This is good news for the indoor climate as well as the structural stability of your home; since a dry home is a healthy home. Some might want to try their hands on insulating as a do-it-yourself project, and yes – cavity wall insulation diy is entirely doable. Just be sure you know what you are doing, which can be assured by reading information material made available by insulation manufacturers and by consulting a building professional first (perhaps someone in your family does this for a living?). But if you don’t want to mess with your home – or with mineral-wool, which can get itchy to work with – by all means contact a professional installer. In some countries these are required to be registered, as an extra means of insuring that quality work is being done. A good installer costs more than DIY of course, but the investment is well worth it.

Cavity wall insulation grants may also be available to you, depending on where you live. These are often government-funded and exist because many of the worlds governments have made mutual international promises to reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years. With such large emissions coming from private households, it makes sense for the government to invest in reductions in this area, so don’t feel bad about applying for a grant. You do yourself and the world a favor by insulating your home. If you don’t subscribe to the belief of a man-made temperature increase, think about it like this: By reducing your energy consumption, you are also reducing the dependence of your country on foreign oil. Which can’t be a bad thing.