“How can I improve the heating in my home” is something we are asked every week – and luckily, we have the answer! Heat loss is extremely underrated and many people think they just need to crank up the heating. Not only is this more costly on your finances, it’s not good for the environment either. That’s why many people choose SMARTWARM for floor coverage and wall insulation – and so we thought we’d explain why it’s so important.
Even though heat rises, you’d expect to lose heat through the ceiling or the roof, but actually around 10% of heat is lost at ground level – and there is nothing worse than walking around your house in the winter on cold, draughty floors. By insulating the floors, or using an underfloor heating system, you will stop a majority of the heat escaping.
There are two main types of flooring – solid floors and suspended timber. Previously, you may have needed to consider which floor type you had before opting for your chosen heating or insulation system – but not any more.
Traditional underfloor heating systems were expensive – and they weren’t as cost efficient as they should be. Some systems, like water based systems, also significantly raised the level of the floor due to the extensive pipework that needed to be woven under the floor. Due to limitations, and spacing between the pipework, these were also not terribly efficient – so it meant only part of the floor was heating up and therefore, only a small amount of heat was able to be emitted into the room.
SMART WARM is different.
It has been designed and engineered with thin but jet wide aluminium strips that are powered by low voltage electricity. It can be easily installed under all types of flooring, on walls, ceilings or stairs, and it can be laid over existing screeding, so no need to dig up the floor. What’s more, floor levels are only raised by a tiny amount – barely 10mm and therefore it is hardly noticeable.
Even though 10% heat loss through the floor doesn’t sound like much, it all adds up. In fact, the walls, ceiling and floors are what is known as the Thermal Envelope – due to the shape of the area you are trying to heat. So, the more you can do to prevent heat escaping from the heat envelope the more you can reduce your energy bills. That’s why it makes sense to prevent heat escaping from the floors, walls and ceilings – and that’s why modern house builders insist upon having proper insulation built in.
Writing’s on the wall (insulation)
“But, why use wall insulation?” I hear you ask. Well, heat energy in your home is constantly being lost through doors, windows, walls, floors and roofs. In fact, the biggest source of heat loss is through the walls – up to 35% of heat can be lost through poorly-insulated walls alone.
There are generally two types of walls: solid and cavity. If your home was built before 1930, chances are you will have solid walls, but anything after that will most likely have cavity walls. Previously, cavity walls would have been much easier to insulate – as the name suggests, there would be cavities in between the walls or plasterboard, which would have been stuffed with insulating material. However, poor wall insulation can lead to extreme heat loss and what do you do if it needs replacing? When was it last checked? Has it ever been replaced? Ripping it out sounds expensive, messy and a huge inconvenience for the homeowner.
You can get a professional to inject the walls with an insulation material, but this is no good if you have solid walls. Previously, you might have relied on someone to retrofit something like cladding on the outside of your property, so that you could add a layer of insulation without knocking through solid walls. However, not only is this still costly and time consuming, you could lose the effect of the brick that gives your property the character in the first place.
Fortunately, SMARTWARM can be installed over the top of existing plaster or brickwork – so no need for ripping out insulation, no holes in the walls and no mess.
Even if you can slow down the rate of heat loss, you will be saving huge amounts of money and it is more eco-friendly.
It’s quite simple. Change your wall insulation, change your life.
A window of opportunity?
When thinking about insulating walls, many think about updating their windows as well to help prevent heat loss. Again, previously, if you had particularly large windows that took up a big chunk of wall space, you might think insulating walls didn’t make sense, as the surface area wouldn’t have done the justice to retain heat within the room – plus the cost may not have stacked up against the overall benefit.
The great thing about SMART WARM is that it can be fitted easily around windows of any size – and the thin strips of aluminium mean you can pack more of the heating system into a smaller space – so it can be used on walls even where there is a small amount of space, or where windows might dominate.
Plus, you shouldn’t prioritise double glazing over wall insulation because the cost could be considerable – and for not a great deal of benefit. You will still experience some heat loss through double glazing – and the difference in your heating bills maybe only a few pounds a year. It is much better to prioritise insulating the walls first before considering double glazing.
SMART WARM offers the latest technology in smart heating systems. Once you’ve installed it in the walls and the floors, you can then create heating zones in your house, using separate thermostats for each room, which can then be controlled from your smartphone. Do you like cooler sleeping temperatures? Prefer to be cosy and warm in the living room? Whatever your preference, SMART WARM has been developed with comfort in mind – and it’s eco friendly too.