There is nothing new about the concept of property insulation in the UK; something which has been of interest to property owners, landlords and property managers for many years. Principally, insulating a property of any nature ensures that the building envelope: the separation between the interior and exterior environments of the property is improved. In practice, this leads to less heat and energy escaping the property and less of the exterior climate entering (source: Homesun).

The ultimate aim of property insulation is to create a clear and effective separation between the inside and outside of the property, thus interior and exterior climates and influences. By doing so, and at the heart of property insulation of any sort, properties can hugely increase their energy efficiency, saving often hundreds or even thousands of pounds per year on energy bills.

One of the first steps property owners should take is to understand the key areas and the main methods where they can make the greatest impact as well as the largest savings when it comes to property insulation, however big or small.

Double Glazing

Double glazed windows and doors are one of the best ways in which to vastly improve your property’s energy efficiency. The double-paned glass and frames for windows and the well-insulated uPVC doors with their frames have hugely positive effects on energy efficiency up and down the UK. with double glazed windows, there is a vacuum between the two panes of glass which acts as a buffer to external air entering or internal air leaving.

For many properties, making the move from older-fashioned single glazing and older wooden or metal frames to the much more durable and far more efficient double-glazed options leads to massive savings. Often, older frames, windows and doors were not built and installed with energy efficiency and energy savings in mind. As many tradespeople will tell any homeowner “they were built to last, not for efficiency…”

The uPVC doors are filled with a specially designed insulating filling which is far superior to the run of the mill doors many people may currently have. An additional benefit of double glazing is that both windows and doors are significantly more secure and provide better security for your property, something your property and content insurance companies may well look favourably upon.

Property Insulation

Another way in which many thousands of people seek to improve their property’s energy efficiency is in the form of various forms of insulation, mainly roof, basement and cavity wall insulation. The aim with these sorts of insulation is to effectively reinforce the areas of a property or building which lose the most heat and which are the most susceptible to degradation over time in their ability to preserve the building envelope.

Roof and Basement Insulation – Understandably, as heat rises, the roof of any property is one of the biggest sources of heat loss compared to any where else. although heat will always, to some extent leave via the roof or loft, it is possible to greatly reduce this and to therefore improve the integrity of the building envelope as well as improve heat retention; minimising heat loss.

With regards to the walls of a property, it may not always require wall insulation, but as in the case of cavity wall insulation, if the need to insulate the walls exists, it is worthwhile undertaking this work where possible.

In the UK, most properties do not have basements and thus, most properties are not eligible for basement insulation. However, for those that do, the basement is often one of the key areas of heat loss and one of the poorest areas of the property when it comes to hear retention. Therefore, much like the roof and loft of a property, insulating the basement where possible can make a huge difference.

Cavity Wall Insulation – Some properties in the UK have what is known as a ‘cavity wall.’ This is where there is a gap, or ‘cavity’ between the interior and the exterior wall. This gap creates the opportunity for a lot of heat and energy loss and so insulating it makes a very significant difference for properties that have this type of construct. By filling the cavity with insulation, the building envelope’s integrity improves, with energy efficiency improving with it.