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Building Tip #40: Best Places to Insulate Your Home

Building Tip #40: Best Places to Insulate Your Home

Many homes in South Africa are built with the summer in mind, but it's estimated that South African households will spend over 40% of their electricity usage on heating or cooling their homes. Insulating your home properly can effectively lower your electricity bill during both the warm and the cold months and help you to enjoy your space without cranking up the heaters or air con all the way. Read here for the best areas to insulate in your home.

Floors:

Heat is constantly being drawn down from the floor and into the earth below making the room colder. In many colder countries around the world, it is standard practice to ensure the floor is well insulated before the home is finished and sold. If you're building your home from scratch, make sure to have insulation installed below the floor, otherwise carpeting is a good makeshift insulator.

Walls:

It used to be standard practice in South Africa to build homes with cavity walls which provided little insulation for the home, however, modern homes are no longer built this way. There are a range of options available for wall insulation but these need to be specifically requested when the home is being built or the home will need to be renovated to add the insulation to pre-existing walls.

Windows:

Heat is easily lost through exposed single paned windows, making the task of heating up your home more difficult as you need to continuously replace the lost heat. A quick fix is to invest in heavy, thick curtains which when drawn will help to keep the heat inside and away from the windows. A more permanent solution which will benefit you during summer and winter, and should your sell your home, is to invest in double glazed windows or a specialised window film to keep your home toasty.

The Ceiling and Roof:

It is common knowledge that heat rises so it stands to reason that if your ceiling or roof are not well insulated, you will be losing a lof of heat. Fortunately, insulating your roof or ceiling is relatively easy and more affordable than the above areas. Ceiling boards are often fitted with a glass fibre blanket, foam, polystyrene sheeting or cellulose which prevent heat from leaving the rooms we live in.

If you need advice or a quote on insulating your home, contact us for a quote and let's make your house an energy efficient home.

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