Saving energy has never been so important, as our planet is being polluted by humanity sending out tons of carbon into atmosphere, mainly due to fossil-fuel burning power stations. Fortunately, technology is bringing us state of the art products that improve insulation and with that in mind, here are a few ways that you can improve home insulation.
- Look to the roof – Check out Rockwell concrete roof insulation (known as ฉนวนหลังคาคอนกรีต in Thai) that comes either as a roll that you lay between the joists, or in a corrugated roof sheet. This material is very highly rated and with a Thai supplier, you can order online and ask a local builder to help with the installation. If you live in a tropical climate such as Thailand, you don’t want to lose the cool air through the roof; equally important if you live in a cold climate, roof insulation keeps your valuable heat inside for longer, resulting in using less electricity.
- Tinted Windows – You can buy the latest generation of window tints that provide excellent insulation; we advise that you have the tint professionally fitted and you might only need to do one or two sides of the house. Many Thai homeowners are realising they can save money by putting tint film on their windows and a Google search is all it takes to locate a supplier.
- Clad the Walls – Wall cladding is perfect for adding insulation; if you insulate the roof, tint the windows and clad the walls with a special material, the entire house will be insulated. Of course, it all depends on the style and make-up of the property; a brick structure might be better off with a brush-applied paint coating that offers high insulation. Either way, insulating the walls is a great idea and this would also improve sound insulation, which must be a good thing.
- Review your Climate Control System – Aside from insulating wherever possible, you should take a look at your current climate control system in order to see how efficient it is. If, for example, you have an aging central heating system, now would be the time to install a HVAC system, which would be more energy efficient.
- Cavity Wall Insulation – Most European homes have cavity wall insulation, which is a foam that is sprayed through holes and offers a high level of thermal insulation. While this is popular in northern climates, if you live in Thailand and your home has wall cavities, this will prevent the cool interior dissipating through the walls.
As global warming continues, it becomes even more important to insulate your home and reduce your carbon footprint.