As a nation we're not the best at insulating our buildings. In fact, our housing stock is ranked as the least efficient in Europe, with over 7 million homes having inadequate loft insulation. If you're a house builder looking to change this, look at our house builder hub.
It's not good for the environment and it's not good for our pockets. We spend a small fortune heating our homes only to lose that heat through our roofs, floors, and walls. As an organisation committed to help create a better world, we think that should change.
So, we're on a mission to help people understand the importance of quality insulation. Together we can improve insulation in British homes, reduce our impact on the environment, and keep our homes cosy, efficient, and safe.
How to spot if your insulation needs upgrading
Insulation is largely invisible, hidden away in our roofs, walls and floors. However, if you spot any of the following symptoms in your home, it could be a sign it's time to update and improve your insulation.
Cold and draughty spots, or rooms that quickly lose heat or become too hot
Noise travelling through the walls and floors
Higher than average energy bills*
*The average energy bill in the UK in 2019 is £104.50 per month (£1,254 per year) according to Ofgem
Insulation has many benefits; firstly it plays a huge part in keeping a consistent temperature in a building all year round, keeping out the heat in summer and protecting against the cold in winter. A well-insulated building will require far less heating or cooling and therefore will be more energy-efficient, making it more comfortable and saving money at the same time.
Can Insulation really make a difference?
YES! The right insulation product, fitted correctly, has the power to deliver a number of benefits for your home.
Energy efficiency = lower bills
When we're cold most of us turn up the heating, but did you know that without the right insulation, you could be losing up to 50% of that energy through your roof, walls, and floors? It also means you're wasting money on your bills as the heat escapes.
A well insulated home will help you use and lose less energy, reducing your environmental impact and saving you money.
Insulation can save lives
Combustible insulation in your home can cause a fire to develop more quickly with devastating effects.
If you choose non-combustible insulation, it does not contribute to the development or spread of a fire, and therefore can give you more time to escape.
Insulation can make your home quieter
If you're having some building work done at home, it's a good idea to check what insulation your builder is using. The right insulation in your roof, walls and floors will reduce the noise transmitted from room to room, house to house, or just from the outside. However, some types of insulation won't help at all.
Make your home comfortable
Insulation doesn't just keep your home warm when it's cold outside - it also helps your home to stay cool when it's warm outside.
A well-insulated home reduces heat losses and prevents heat gains, which in turn helps maintain stable, comfortable temperatures. What's more, quality insulation can prevent condensation and possible mould spores, and improve overall air quality in your home.
Why Knauf Insulation?
With 40 years of experience in the insulation industry, we are leading the change in smarter insulation solutions for a better world for us all - setting new standards of quality, performance and sustainability.
We are the only insulation manufacturer to make both Glass and Rock Mineral Wool in the UK, meaning we are uniquely placed to provide the best insulation solution for each application in your home.
We are proud to have been awarded Global Insulation Company of the year, recognising our commitment to creating solutions to challenges facing customers, colleagues, and the planet.