You may or may not know about government grants regarding insulation within flats or apartments. And, if you’re a flat or apartment owner, you may be able to benefit.
Listed below are insulation measures available.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Un-insulated walls can lose around a third of your heat. Properties built after 1920 usually have a cavity within the walls; this is an air gap between an inner and outer wall, and makes a suitable place for adding cavity wall insulation.
Cavity wall insulation will decrease the amount of heat which escapes out of the walls, meaning your home will stay warmer for longer. In addition to this, you will also see a reduction in the amount of heat that builds up inside your property during summer months.
To obtain cavity wall insulation all leaseholders/flat owners will need to agree to the work being carried out.
To check whether you have a cavity you will need to request a survey from your local insulation company.
Loft insulation is possible for flats and apartments with loft spaces.
Loft insulation works like a blanket; trapping the heat rising from inside your home.
Insulation is laid over the loft floor, firstly between the joists then over the top if the joists are still visible. If you carry out the work yourself, you must wear protective clothing, gloves and a mask. It is recommended that you install 270mm depth.
Up to 20% of heat loss is caused by draughts or ventilation around your windows or doors.
Draft proofing can be very effective, using foams, sealants, shaped rubber or plastic and is a proven cost-effective way to reduce your heating bills.
Any materials used should conform to the BS 7386 standard.
Floor insulation for ground floor flats
For properties with timber floors, the underfloor space will be ventilated to prevent wood rot in the floor timbers. Draughts can be prevented by insulating under the floor, or by sheeting over the floor and applying a floor finish.
The most effective way to insulate a floor is by insulating between the floor joists across which the floorboards are laid.
Double Glazing or Secondary Glazing
Double glazing traps air between two panes of glass creating an insulating barrier that will reduce heat loss and noise significantly.
If you are on a tight budget you could opt for secondary glazing which is a cheaper alternative to double glazing and will still cut down on draughts and heat loss.
The government, energy suppliers and local authorities all provide grants to be able to help you in your home.
Please ensure that you check the terms of your lease before you carry out any of the options above.
For more information, please contact a member of the team on 0333 577 2044.