It is one thing having insulation put into your home, but it is quite another thing being able to figure out how it works. This is particularly true when you consider the fact that it is installed and then hidden away from sight.  Insulation is something most people do not think about once it is fitted, but the science behind it is truly interesting.

So, whether you have insulation in your property currently and you are interested to learn how it works, or you are thinking about having it installed. We have put together our guide on how insulation works inside your home.

What does insulation do?

So what does insulation actually do? The main thing that insulation does is it stops the movement of air between all the different material layers that make up your home. This includes the interior and exterior walls as well as the roof space too. Where you can lose the warm air from the inside and bring in cold air from the outside.

Not only this, but insulation will also trap the warm air that has been created within your home and keep it in the interior of the property. The trapping of warm air is what keeps a building warmer therefore reducing the need for heating. This will reduce the need for you to have your heating on as high or as long, which will save you money and save energy too. Good insulation can help reduce your carbon footprint. This can help you save the planet as well as your finances.

Another great thing about insulation and one that you may not realise, is that it can help to protect you against noise too. Of course, double glazing is a key part or noise protection and reduction, but the insulation in your property can also have a helping hand in this. Acoustic insulation is specifically designed to reduce noise pollution.

There are many great brands of insulation such as Knauf, Rockwool and Celotex insulation. These brands boast a variety of insulation types for different applications. This could be anything from loft insulation to cavity wall insulation boards. There are many retailers online who sell insulation and also companies who will fit it. There are many places where insulation can be fitted.

Where do you install insulation?

The next question is where should you install insulation? There are several places that you can install insulation in throughout your home. One of the most common has to be roof insulation. This is because it is one of the most effective methods to stop heat escaping from your home. Especially when you know that as much as 25% of the heat that leaves our homes, does so through the roof.

You can also have insulation added to the walls in the property. Modern houses have what is known as cavity walls, which is when there is a space between the internal and external walls of the property. This empty space is a prime spot for losing heat or for letting in the cold air from the outside, which is why cavity insulation has become popular. It injects insulation materials straight into the empty space, using a pump and will help to control the air transfer between the two walls.

There really is no question as to whether or not insulating your property is a good idea. Whilst it is an investment in the first place (although there can be some grants out there that can help you to pay for insulation), it will save you money in the long run. It also helps to make sure that you have a warm and inviting home, no matter what the weather is doing outside. Not only this, but it also gives you the peace of mind that you are doing good things for the environment.  If you want to fit your own insulation, please ensure you have the experience and PPE to do so.

When it comes to grants, the green homes grant is available in the UK and can help fund the insulation in your home. The incentive behind this government scheme is to reduce our carbon impact by providing more energy efficient homes.  This also covers double glazing and is a positive step in creating a greener Britain.

I hope this article has helped you learn more about insulation. Now you should know its uses, its benefits and how it is applied inside homes. For more information, feel free to check out Trade Insulations blog or other posts on our website.

Sam Allcock