External Wall Insulation – not just a winter warmer!
Everyone assumes that insulation is installed to help keep the home warm during the colder winter months.
The actual purpose of insulation is to slow the rate at which the temperature equilibrium is met – that is to say the temperature inside and outside the home are the same. While unlikely it would ever happen, if you didn’t turn on any heating in a house, eventually the inside temperature would match the external temperature – this is when the house would be in equilibrium.
Fortunately for all of us it takes time for this to happen, but it does happen – and the bigger the difference in temperatures the quicker it happens. How much quicker does your house feel cold in the winter months compared to the spring when the heating goes off?
Slowing the rate at which temperature equilibrium is met!
The role of insulation is to slow the rate at which this temperature equilibrium is met. As you might expect, a thicker layer of insulation will help slow down this movement of heat further. This means that even if the weather is extremely cold during the winter months, it will take much longer for the warm air in the home to cool down – this is the energy savings we talk about.
The great news, and one that we have recently had highlighted to us by one of our customers was the impact of the insulation during the recent heat wave we had here in the UK. Obviously 35 degrees is quite nice if you are sat on the beach and have air conditioning, but here in the UK we just aren’t ready for those types of temperature. We don’t have air conditioning and so forth, so when it gets hot it normally becomes uncomfortably hot in the home, meaning difficulty in getting to sleep and other unfortunate side effects.
Keeping homes cooler during the summer – solid wall insulation!
Our external wall insulation works the other way around too – so it slows the rate at which equilibrium is met (remember equilibrium is when the temperature outside the home and inside the home are the same). This means that even if it is 35 degrees, the house won’t ever get close to that temperature, staying at a much more comfortable 20 degrees or so, or what you might expect in a home during the winter months.
So while it is often assumed that solid wall insulation only works during the winter months, it definitely has benefits even in the summer, stopping your home from overheating.
I think it is worth mentioning here that there are a few media reports of insulation causing overheating. We have been installing solid wall insulation for the last decade across London, and we have never encountered this – genuinely, if the writers of these articles had a clue how insulation worked they might see how absurd their quotes are!
There really has never been a better time to install solid wall insulation on your property, and we here at Be Constructive are the best people to do it! We are getting more and more work from homeowners who have installed solid wall insulation under the Government schemes who want us to come and fix works carried out by other installers – why we can do this, just come straight to us in the first instance! Our skilled team of installers are the best in the business, so make sure you choose the number 1 installer of solid wall insulation company in London – call Be Constructive!
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