How well insulated is your home? If you are looking to cut down the cost of your home heating oil, one of the best ways to do so is to ensure that your home is well insulated. This will ensure that the heating oil you are paying for is used to its full potential and is not lost through the cracks and crevasses in your home.
Is Your Home Like a Broken Teacup?
If you were making yourself a cup of tea and your teacup had a leak in the bottom, would you pour the tea in and try to drink it anyway? No, you wouldn’t, because you would end up with tea everywhere and most of your comforting hot drink would go to waste. So why do the same when it comes to heating your home?
If it is not properly sealed and insulated, your home will have cracks and leaks just like a broken teacup. Instead of pouring in tea, you will be pouring in heat from your domestic home heating oil system, which will be going to waste as it leaks out from the cracks. Because your home is losing to such heat through the windows, walls, roof and floors, this will lead to much more expensive energy bills. It will take more energy for your house to warm up and it will require more heating oil to stay warm. Why pay money for home heating oil to keep your house warm if it is only going to escape out of the house and into the atmosphere?
However, insulating your home is like repairing the cup before you drink your tea from it. You will prevent any leaks and ensure that the heat stays within your four walls where you need it. An insulated home will be much warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and will save you a great deal of money over the years on your heating oil costs.
Which Areas Are Most Important for Insulation?
According to statistics from the Energy Saving Trust, a home without loft insulation loses approximately one quarter of its heat through the roof. This means that your loft is one of the most important places that you should consider investing in insulation. Installing your loft installation isn’t too difficult and once it has been laid down it should be effective for approximately 40 years. If you have good insulation installed within your loft, you will save approximately £150 per year on your heating bills. You can have a professional insulate your loft, or you can do it yourself with insulation blankets that you can find at your local DIY store.
Approximately one third of the heat in your home escapes through the walls of the house, making them also a high priority for insulation. Some walls are solid and require insulation on the external or internal sides and other walls have a gap between them and require some type of cavity wall insulation to stop the heat from escaping through the gap.
It is also important to insulate your floor and another other areas where you find draughts or cold spots. You might want to insulate your hot water tank too, as it loses a lot of heat. It can be fitted with an insulating jacket from your local DIY store. Hot water pipes can also be insulated, in order to stop them from losing heat.
A better insulated home will be much more efficient and will keep you warm and cozy throughout the winter, so that you can save money on your home heating oil costs.
About the Author
Nick Thorping is a freelance writer who recently bought a beautiful 200 year old home in the countryside, draughty rooms and all. Insulating it really brought her expenses down when it comes to domestic oil prices.