Cost-effective ways to insulate your home

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When it comes to insulating a house, there are many methods you can use to keep your house cosy and warm during the colder months. However, a lot of these methods will often cost you a fortune, so while your home might become much warmer and more insulated in the long run, you very well may end up forking out a lot of money for the privilege.

In our guide below about how to insulate a house on a budget, we’ve put together some of our most cost-effective ways to insulate your home without you having to spend a small fortune.

Draught-proof your windows and doors

Draught-proofing your home, including your windows and doors, is one of the most sure-fire ways to insulate your house and keep it toasty warm in the winter months.

You can start small by filling in any little gaps or holes in your walls or floors that could lead to cold draughts blowing in. Once you’ve done this, check for gaps in your loft hatch as we all know just how cold our lofts can get in the winter and if there’s any chance of draughts coming into the main house from your loft, you’ll need to prevent that as soon as possible!

You should also look into draught-proofing your doors and windows by using draught excluders on your doors; you can pick these up from a shop very easily and cheaply or you can even make them yourself. As for preventing draughts from your windows, a simple resealing job should do the trick.

Invest in better-quality curtains or blinds

You’d be surprised by just how much heat can escape from your windows and doors, especially as it begins to get dark, so one of the best ways to prevent heat from escaping your cosy home is to get curtains or blinds that are specifically designed to insulate a room and trap heat inside.

You can purchase thermal curtains or blinds that are very effective at retaining heat inside a room, but if you’re not willing to spend a lot of money on specific thermal curtains, thicker curtains will still do the job.

Avoid putting furniture in front of your radiators

This may seem like a very obvious factor when it comes to keeping your house warm, but it’s surprising how many people don’t realise just how much heat can be prevented from circulating your home, just by having your radiators covered.

Oftentimes, it’s not always easily avoidable to have your furniture evenly spread out around a room, especially if you’re pretty limited on space, but it is important to try and leave a decent gap between your furniture and radiators so that the heat can move around the room more freely and evenly so that it’s noticeably warmer inside your home.

Insulate pipes and water tanks in your home

Another way that you can keep the heat inside your home is to insulate the pipes and water tanks that help to push the heat around your house in the first place.

You can buy some pipe insulation or pipe lagging from most DIY shops that you can easily fit yourself. You will simply need to cut it to size and then wrap it around the pipes in your home to prevent heat from escaping from the source.

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Best ways to insulate a house - long-term investment solutions

Of course, while it’s usually best to try and look out for the most affordable insulating options when it comes to keeping your house warm, sometimes the root of the problem is much bigger than you’d expect and in this case, it’s usually best to treat it at source, which often means investing quite a lot of money upfront.

If you think that your home might need a more long-term investment insulation solution, check out some of our recommendations of the best ways to insulate your home below.

Invest in better house insulation for your loft and roof

Naturally, a whole new insulation system in your roof and loft can be a very expensive job to undertake, but it can help you to save hundreds of pounds on your heating bills in the long run.

It’s thought that rock wool or another type of fibreglass insulation can cost around £395 to install, however, insulation with a depth of approximately 270mm fitted in a detached house can save up to £350 a year on heating bills, as opposed to a house with no insulation. So, even though it’s a pretty hefty upfront cost, you’ll almost save that money in the first year alone.

While you might not have given it too much thought, heat can escape from the floor, as well as through windows and doors, so this is another area that you might want to consider getting better insulation for.

You can insulate the floors in your home by lifting up floorboards and laying wool insulation underneath. Unfortunately, this type of insulation could set you back anywhere between £300 and £700 for the initial installation process, but you could end up saving up to £120 a year in some cases.

Upgrade your windows to double-glazing

Almost every new house is now fitted with double or even triple-glazed windows, but if your house is pretty old and only has single-glazing windows, it’s probably about time that you upgraded your windows to double-glazing so that you’re keeping your home more insulated and much warmer in the winter.

Consider getting a new boiler

A new boiler is naturally going to be a very large expense upfront and it’s not entirely essential to invest in a new one if your current one is working perfectly fine. However, old boilers, especially ones older than 10 years can prove to be very inefficient, so upgrading to a more modern boiler could help to prevent fuel waste which in turn will help to save you more money on your heating bills in the future.

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