Why we should all be topping up our insulation
Posted on 5th May 2022 at 10:21
LOFT INSULATION TOP UPS refers to those homes where loft insulation was fitted some time ago, but which does not conform to the current legislation concerning the thickness of the insulation. The process involves the fitting of additional insulating material on top of the existing loft insulation, so as to give an additional layer of protection which then conforms with the present rules.
Did you know that a quarter of heat lost in an non-insulated home is lost through the loft? Of those homes that do have some form of insulation, many have been insulated to a poor standard or to out-of-date regulations, so could also be causing valuable warmth to escape without owners even realising it.
What is loft insulation how does it work?
Insulating a loft is a very simple process. It simply involves fitting insulation material into the joists in your loft and rafters to prevent the loss of heat through the roof. One of the most common materials is mineral wool, which is suitable for use in most loft spaces. For lofts that are inaccessible or harder to reach, blown insulation can be used. This loose, fire-resistant material is typically made from cellulose fiber and can be installed by a professional easily within a matter of hours.
Support for loft insulation.
A poorly insulated loft will mean that you need to use more fuel, and therefore more carbon dioxide will be emitted from your house.
Many people do not realise that loft insulation top ups are a relatively low-cost exercise. With the price of wall, floor or loft installation, as well as solar panels and heat pumps slashed in a fresh bid to encourage people to upgrade their homes to stop heat escaping, now is the time to top up your insulation.
More than 19 million homes are rated band D or below for energy efficiency. It means their leaky properties don't hold heat well enough and people are forced to whack up their heating for longer.
The VAT cut came in from the start of April this year and will last for five years so take advantage of this today.
Long lasting benefits
Loft insulation, once installed correctly, is a long-term solution to heat retention in your home – effective for at least 40 years in most cases. Although insulation can last several decades, many homes that are already insulated can benefit from extra thickness. Loft insulation top ups can help to keep insulation at its maximum effectiveness and could save homeowners an extra £20 per year, while reducing their carbon emissions by up to 90 kilograms per year. The recommended depth for loft insulation is now 270 millimeters, but many homes are currently insulated at a thickness of only 120 millimeters.
Whether you want to book a survey, get a quote or simply ask any questions on insulation or anything else related to all things loft – do get in touch.
The Loft Access Company have over 22 years’ experience in all things loft related - including installing loft insulation. If have any other questions or would like to book in a no-obligation survey, please get in touch. Thank you for reading!
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