How to insulate flats

With the government offering government grants are you wondering how you can benefit being a flat or apartment owner?

Listed below are insulation measures available.

Cavity Wall Insulation

Un-insulated walls can loose around a  third of your heat. In properties built after 1920 there is usually a  cavity which is an air gap between an inner and outer wall, which is  suitable for adding cavity wall insulation.

Cavity wall insulation will decrease  the amount of heat which escapes out of the walls and your home  temperature will become more even, in addition 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

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 protective clothing, gloves  and masks must be worn. It is recommended that you install 270mm depth.

Draught Proofing

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  under floor 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.

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk can help you to find grants available in your area.

Please ensure that you check the terms of your lease before you carry out any of the options above.