It’ s a critical component of maintaining consistent indoor temperatures, reducing energy bills, and shrinking your carbon footprint.
- Comfortable Home
- Lower energy bills
- Reduce gas emissions
- Improve your home’s energy rating
A home that is under-insulated is more vulnerable to outside temperature as heat naturally flows from hot to cold. It’s the same principal as us wearing a hat in winter to stay warm or in summer to help keep us cooler. Even if you have attic insulation it is worth checking out to make sure there is a sufficient amount and that it’s deep enough and also to make sure it isn’t damaged. Your home’s energy rating is important when it comes to selling your home – or indeed buying a new one. In the Republic of Ireland this is called your Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER). By law, all new houses and all houses for sale or rent must have a BER. The more energy efficient your home is, the easier it is to sell or rent so you can expect the higher your BER cert is to positively impact the value of your property. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a similar measure which is used for homes in Northern Ireland (NI).
Attic Insulation GrantsThe SEAI have grants for Rep. of Ireland homeowners of up to €1,500 for insulating your attic. NI Energy Advice offers free independent and impartial energy advice to domestic householders in Northern Ireland – including advice about energy grants and other sources of help.
Types of Attic InsulationThe best type of insulation for your attic depends on the structure and build of your house.
Attic Insulation – Top Tips
- Bedrooms positioned on upper floors are especially vulnerable to outside temperatures. Adding insulation to your attic space is a great way to ensure these rooms stay temperate at night and in the early morning, when temperatures are at their lowest. Therefore, it is important, where possible, to minimise the number of items stored in the attic which may compact or compress the insulating material and affect its ability to insulate. Try to make certain that the storage area set aside is located over an area of the house which has a lower heating requirement, e.g., over bathrooms as opposed to the bedrooms.
- Don’t forget to insulate your water tank and pipes! When you’ve properly insulated your ceiling level, the temperature in the attic will be reduced, so insulating the water tank and pipes will protect them from lower temperatures and ensure they don’t freeze during cold snaps.
- Ventilation is important in an attic to help prevent damp or mould from occurring. Therefore, it is important to ensure ventilation openings at the eaves of the house are left unblocked after installation of your insulation.
- Recessed lighting/downlighters should be provided with sufficient space around them to allow heat to dissipate to prevent the lights themselves from overheating and creating a fire hazard.
- Install a permanent walkway in your attic to ensure you have easy access to water tanks and storage areas, without compromising the effectiveness of the insulation.
Home Insulation Services
When choosing a solution, always remember to contact an accredited company to ensure you will receive a quality service.