A Beginner’s Guide to Insulation – Comfort in Your Home

By Knauf Insulation UK & Ireland on September 20, 2021

When talking about insulation and comfort, many people think of the regulation of a building’s temperature – helping to keep it warm in the winter months and cool in the summer.

If you are using Mineral Wool insulation, it can also help reduce noise pollution and give the assurance of added fire safety because it is non-combustible.

But the benefits of insulation go beyond that when it comes to comfort. Insulation can help to create dry, comfortable indoor environments and can have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

How does insulation work for comfort?

Insulating areas in a building where there could be potential air leaks helps to prevent uncontrolled condensation, and it is also a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs. Air leakage contributes to moisture problems and condensation can develop into mould, spores, mildew or microbial organic compounds that can affect occupants’ health and the structure’s durability. According to the NHS, this can lead to respiratory problems, such as asthma, or even affect your immune system.

Therefore, a well-insulated, airtight building improves comfort and creates a healthier indoor environment, providing the insulation is installed correctly and it is combined with a controlled ventilation system to maintain air quality.

Where should I insulate my home?

It is important to insulate all elements of a building’s external fabric to prevent air leaks and condensation from occurring. Download our Insulation Solutions Guide to learn more about different solutions for walls, roofs and floors.

Insulating internal walls and floors is also a great way to prevent noise pollution and create a more comfortable internal environment. Read our blog “A Beginner’s Guide to Insulation – Acoustics” to find out the best methods to do this.

Which insulation should I use?

We believe that insulation should be as comfortable as possible to install. Our Mineral Wool insulation solutions provide all of the above benefits, but more importantly, thanks to our unique bio-based binder, ECOSE® Technology, our insulation is softer to touch and easier to handle when compared to insulation made with a chemical based binder. It also generates low levels of dust, increasing the comfort of those handling it.

Products manufactured with ECOSE® Technology contribute to high levels of indoor air quality, as they contain no added formaldehyde or phenol, which means they generate low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) too.

And to back this all up, our Mineral Wool insulation solutions made with ECOSE® Technology have been awarded the Eurofins Gold Certificate for Indoor Air Comfort.

If you have any further questions regarding the benefits of our Mineral Wool insulation solutions, you can get in touch with our Technical Support team today.