A couple of weeks back all the talk was of the formidable Beast from the East and the sustained sub zero temperatures. There aren’t too many positives from this sort of extreme weather but it can allow property owners and householders to see where their building is able to stand up to the elements and where the insulation falls down.
Gold Standard Insulation
Liam Brown of Enviroform Solutions explained: “The ideal situation, the Gold standard of insulation if you like is that your property has what we call a thermal cocoon in that from roof to sub floor you have every base covered in terms of eliminating cold bridges, insulating windows and doors, reveals and so on.”
The ideal time for taking a thermal survey of a building is during this sort of weather according to Liam and he explained that you would see heat loss around windows, in the roof area, especially in older heritage buildings. Energy loss in older building will emanate from the roof and soffit areas for example. If your damp proof layer isn’t robust enough if we took a thermal imaging photograph it would show heat loss at the foot of walls.
Save Money on Fuel
Coming up to spells of very harsh cold weather people tend to stock up on fuel but you could be wasting twenty to thirty percent of what you spend on fuel because your house is poorly insulated. Liam explains, “The experts will point to simple measures that are good ideas in themselves, closing curtains, blocking up draughts in doors and windows, bleeding off radiators to ensure there are no air locks stopping hot water rising, ensuring your boiler is in good working order.”
“These measures are all perfectly sensible but the first thing you should do if you notice the cold in a bad spell is have your insulation checked out and from there get it fixed for next year. “
Liam pointed to government cuts in insulation since 2012 with the rate of insulation quoted as being 90% lower in some sources.
Liam referred to the comments of one of the expert advisers in this field:
“Pedro Guertler of the climate and energy think tank, E3G has said that making our buildings energy efficient is the most cost-effective means of decarbonising our energy infrastructure, it protects from the health risks of cold homes and keeps our energy bills down. The priority for our infrastructure programme should be to make our homes warm whilst slashing energy demand and bills.”
The lesson and the advice is simple and straightforward if you don’t want to get fleeced financially by the next Beast from the East and wish to stay warm no matter how cold the weather is. Then act to insulate now.