Every home has a thermal envelope. But what exactly is a thermal envelope?
A thermal envelope is the structure that separates the air inside your home and the air outside. It is essentially everything that shields the living spaces of your home from the outdoors.
Elements that affect the efficiency of your homes thermal envelope include:
- External Walls
- Outer Doors
A home with an effective thermal envelope will both help to keep a home warm in winter and cool in summer by preventing the conditions outside entering your home.
The Purpose of a Thermal Envelope
A thermal envelope has three main purposes:
- Air Control – Effective management of the air flow in your home is important as it will help to keep the air fresh, prevent condensation and help to keep your home energy efficient.
- Moisture Control – Excessive moisture in your home can cause damp, mould and other issues that can both damage your home and be a cause of breathing and other health related issues.
- Thermal Control – Being able to reach and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home is vital to a healthy happy living space in your home.
How to improve the thermal envelope of your home
We generally all understand that having quality windows and doors and ensuring no damp gets into your home are all essential measures to having a comfortable living space.
However, often overlooked is the vital aspect of insulation. Heat can easily escape your home through walls and your roof if you have poor insulation which could be costing you hundreds of pounds every year in lost energy.
Insulating your home
Insulating your home is an essential way to keep your home warm in winter and keep out the warm air in summer, and it will both reduce your energy bills and energy consumption.
There are several insulation solutions that can help to improve the thermal envelope of your home, they include:
Correctly installed loft insulation can significantly reduce your energy bills every year, and as it can last for up to 40 years it is one of the best energy efficiency measures you can take.
For example a semi-detached house could be saving £285 per year on energy bills simply by having loft insulation correctly installed.
You may be eligible for a FREE grant to have loft insulation installed in your home. Click here to find out more.
If you’re not eligible for any government funding, and live in Yorkshire, we are able to install loft insulation at very competitive pricing from our team of local experts. You can call us today for a free quote on 07884 261440.
If you have a room in your roof/attic room, then correctly insulating it can significantly reduce your energy usage. Did you know that around 25% of heat loss is lost through an un-insulated roof?
Without insulation, rooms in the roof of your home can often feel cold and uncomfortable but with insulation it will feel warm and cosy as any other room in your home.
You may be eligible for a FREE grant to have Room-In-Roof insulation installed in your home. Click here to find out more.
Internal Wall Insulation
Internal wall insulation will not only improve your home’s thermal performance, but also enhance the comfort and reduce heat loss in your home.
This type of insulation is a non-intrusive method that doesn’t affect the external appearance of a property. It offers homeowners the opportunity to upgrade their insulation without major construction work and can be a valuable investment for long-term energy savings and increased property value.
You may be eligible for a FREE grant to have internal wall insulation installed in your home. Click here to find out more.
External Wall Insulation
If your home has solid walls, you may want to consider external wall insulation as a solution to retain heat in your home in winter and to keep your home cooler in the heat of summer.
It will significantly help to reduce your energy consumption, and therefore reduce your energy bills. A whopping 35% of heat inside your home will escape through the walls and gaps in and around your doors and windows. So making sure your walls are insulated is a major factor in minimising heat loss and wasted energy consumption.
You maybe eligible for a FREE grant to have external wall insulation installed in your home. Click here to find out more.
Underfloor insulation is also another cost effective and simple solution. It will allow you to keep your property warmer for less money, while reducing the carbon footprint of your home.
10% of heat loss escapes through uninsulated floors, so this is another key insulation method you should certainly consider.
You maybe eligible for a FREE grant to have underfloor insulation installed in your home. Click here to find out more.
What FREE Funding is available?
You may be eligible for any of the above insulation measures for free through the ECO4 scheme.
This government-funded initiative aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the country. By meeting certain criteria, such as:
- being a homeowner or private tenant,
- with a low household income under £31k,
- OR, receiving government benefits.
You can take advantage of this funding opportunity by contacting us today. It’s a fantastic chance to enhance your home’s energy efficiency without incurring any costs – no strings attached!
How do I apply for the ECO4 Scheme?
So, how can you get started with insulation through the ECO4 scheme? The first step is to check your eligibility by giving us a call on 01422 414850.
It’s the quickest way to check your eligibility. However, you can also fill out a form on our website if you prefer.
Our experienced team will guide you through the process of claiming your free funding, right through to completion of the work.
Act now and take advantage of the free funding available through the ECO4 scheme. Contact us today!