A Guide to Heat in Your Household
As we all know, it’s the cost of heating that really makes the difference to household bills. As if Christmas doesn’t put enough strain on your home financially, the bitter sting of winter tempts you time and time again to put that thermostat up just a little more.
The key to slashing these bills for good is to be smart with your temperature.
Underfloor heating is the newest and most popular way to heat your home – it can be manufactured to be impressively low-cost and keeps your carbon footprint at a bare minimum. It also saves your home from unsightly radiators, but you will have to find somewhere new to dry your socks! But how else can you be smart with your heating? A great tip is to be on top of your insulation. Here is a breakdown of some of the greener ways to maintain your household temperature.
1. Sheep’s wool is one of the oldest methods of insulating a home. Sheep live in desperately cold climates and their exterior is what helps them survive, so it is clear to see why it’s such a prime choice for wall insulation. Wool can insulate, is mostly waterproof, fire resistant, and when it absorbs moisture it actually generates heat for itself – what’s not to love?
2. Cotton is a great alternative. As one of the most renewable types of insulation, its green rating is through the roof (unlike your energy bills). A fantastic perk of cotton is that it is insect repellent, so say goodbye to those creepy crawlies.
3. Aerogel is not such an ancient material, but since its discovery in 1931 has proven itself to be something of a super-discovery. Made of silica minus the liquid element, Aerogel is 90% air and is highly efficient at stopping the movement of heat. An excellent way to maintain the perfect home temperature.
4. Another scientific one, Icynene is an expander foam that is extremely popular in the insulation of homes owing to its fantastic qualities. Not only is it effective at maintaining the heat level required, it works as a sound barrier that leaves your home with auditory insulation as well. Its construction allows vapour to escape, meaning you won’t have any issues with mould.
Heating your home is an unavoidable cost, but you can do your best to be energy efficient which will leave both your pocket and the planet smiling.
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