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The best ways to insulate homes for winter
2022 was a monumental year for the trades. Demand for professional tradespeople went through the roof for a variety of work. New boiler systems couldn't be fit faster, extensions were shooting up all over the place, and then some were conscious of their energy consumption.
With energy prices rocketing in the last eighteen months, many customers have decided to explore ways to shore up their properties' heat and power, ensuring they are leaking energy or losing money.
That's where the trusted tradesperson came to light, offering a variety of ways to insulate a home. What are the most popular methods, though?
Customers are looking for the best ways to avoid heat loss, and if you are asked to look into wall insulation or build a new extension, it's worth remembering these essential points.
Insulating walls is a larger and more costly undertaking to reduce heat loss than insulating your roof. If your customer has a new home, insulating panels may be between the cavity walls. This is less likely in older properties.
With the need to insulate thousands of older homes in the UK, offering services like cavity wall drilling and blowing through an exterior wall will significantly improve a customer's energy consumption.
This is one for our double-glazing friends in the trades. Offering your customers the chance to get double, triple or even quadruple glazing can really boost their insulation.
Glazing works by using a layer of air or gas between the glass panes that serves as an insulator. This layer of air decreases draughts, condensation, and outside noise.
Offering two, three or four panes of glass have energy benefits for the home as they provide additional sound and heat insulation.
For any plumbers, heating engineers or gas engineers, adding an insulation jacket made of mineral fibre to your hot water cylinder is a worthwhile investment for the customer.
Going above and beyond for your customers is a great thing. If you're buying a new cylinder, look for one with foam insulation installed.
A few other areas to insulate:
- Lag your cold water pipes in the loft
- Lag any exposed hot water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home.
- Insulate the small feed and expansion tank (if there is one) and the cold water cistern.
However, you should not insulate the space underneath the cistern because any heat that rises from the room below will help keep the tank from freezing.
If you are a fledging carpet fitter or floor fitter, you can increase your bottom line by offering the many older homes in the UK the chance to insulate their floor.
Many new homes don't need this process. However, older homes are best-served with a high-quality carpet and underlay to avoid downward heat loss.
Why Choose Rhino Trade Insurance?
Whatever trade you work in, it's worth taking more time to assist your customer's heat and energy needs, as it could result in more business for you.
The UK is in a race to meet heating and insulation standards, and with the army of hardworking tradespeople, you can help ensure homes are heated to the best of their ability.
If you need your insurance sorting, our experts have designed policies to suit almost every trade. Whether you fit carpets, work as a glazier or build extensions, we have insurance for you. Get covered by calling us at 0116 243 7904 or get a quote online here.