Did you know that roughly 20% of a home’s heat is lost through its floor?
When most people think of insulation, they think about the walls and roof of a home. But underfloor insulation is essential for maintaining a stable, comfortable temperature.
What is Underfloor Insulation?
In principle, underfloor insulation works the same way as regular insulation. It still involves creating a barrier between the temperatures outside your home, and the desired temperature inside your home.
The main difference is wall and roof insulation contend with elements like rain, wind and direct sunlight, while underfloor insulation must protect against the cold and moisture of the ground, as well as underfloor draughts.
Insulation can be installed in cavities beneath elevated floors and is a great way to keep your home warm.
The Top 5 Benefits of Underfloor Insulation
If you are considering installing underfloor insulation, here are the top 5 benefits that will help you make your decision.
Prevents Cold Airflow Through the Floor
A cold floor is more immediately noticeable than a cold wall or roof. No one likes to get out of bed on a chilly winter morning and put their feet on freezing tiles or floorboards. Unfortunately, floors are the one surface in a house that you can’t avoid touching.
Underfloor insulation can keep your feet warm in winter by sealing up gaps where draughts, chilled by the cold temperature of ground, seep into your home.
Lowers Energy Costs
If your home is uninsulated, you have to heat it artificially using a heater or a fireplace. By installing underfloor insulation, you can get away with heating your home less often because the inside temperature will naturally be higher.
The one-off price of installing underfloor insulation will also pay itself off over time by reducing the cost of electricity, gas or firewood.
Lowers Environmental Impact
Reducing your reliance on artificial heating saves you money, but it also saves the environment. For people looking to limit their carbon footprint, insulation is a smart investment.
Imagine the energy you could save if you didn’t need to rely on heaters during winter? This is especially true of smaller electric heaters, which don’t create much lasting warmth and have to run continuously for any benefit. They require much more energy than most people realise, and it really isn’t worth the temporary warmth they provide.
Protects Against Moisture
Whether your home has an underfloor cavity or not, moisture can be a serious problem.
If you have an uninsulated underfloor cavity, there is nothing to prevent damp, moist air from entering your home. This air is cold and will make your home much less comfortable.
An often unknown or overlooked benefit of insulation is sound-proofing. The ground carries soundwaves which travel through unsealed floors and up into your house. If you live in a place with a lot of noise, especially from high traffic, underfloor insulation will muffle it before it can disturb you.
4 Seasons Insulation
While underfloor insulation is an excellent way to see instant improvement, for a truly comfortable, warm home, you’ll want all of your surfaces to be insulated.
With your floor, walls and ceiling all working together, your living area will have full protection from the elements.
At 4 Seasons Insulation, our experts can assess your home and offer the perfect solutions to keep you toasty warm during the winter months.
If you’re tired of cold feet (pun intended) and have decided to insulate your home, contact us for a free quote today.