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Cavity Wall Insulation - Reduce Heating Bills

In plain terms, a cavity wall is a wall that is made up of two "skins":  an inner and an outer skin.  The skins are technically walls, but the two walls work together to create the inner and outer "shells" of a home or a business building.  Typically, the cavity wall is made up of a wall built from small bricks and a wall built from large bricks.  These walls sit a small distance apart from each other, the space between them forming a "cavity."

Contractors started using cavity walls in home construction because the cavity walls because the contractors believed that cavity walls gave the buildings extra protection against a variety of environmental factors, the most important of all of them being moisture.  Cavity walls allow moisture to work through the outer skin and then seep back into the ground via the cavity that sits between the outer and inner skins instead of simply working its way into a home and causing major damage.

As builders have become more skilled at creating cavity walls, they have realized that the cavity between the skins offers the building protection against colder temperatures as well as moisture.  When insulating materials are inserted in to the cavity, the building's temperatures steady and the owner of the building saves money on his cooling and heating costs.  Insulating the wall cavity also helps to reduce the building's carbon dioxide emissions.

When a home owner decides to have insulation installed in their cavity walls, they should contact a local registered installer.  The Energy Saving Trust Centre in your area will be able to help you locate a registered installer who can install the insulation for you.  Home owners should not attempt to install insulation in a cavity wall themselves unless they have extensive experience in building homes and construction.

The benefits of installing insulation into a home's cavity walls are mostly monetary.  The insulation will help maintain the temperature of the home.  It will also provides added protection against the extreme cold temperatures of winter and hot temperatures of summer, which means that a home's heating and cooling system does not have to work as hard.  The reduction in CO2 emissions is also a nice bonus to insulating a cavity wall.

There are plenty of benefits to insulating cavity walls.  The most important benefit of the insulation is the money it saves home owners on their heating and cooling costs.  The temperature of the home is kept steady so the systems do not have to work as hard to regulate a home's temperature.  The insulation also helps to reduce a home owner's carbon footprint"something United Kingdom residents are all working hard to accomplish.

This page has been written with contributions from Gas Safe engineers from Buckinghamshire and experienced plumbers from Highgate. Several of the company's plumbing and heating engineers from Middlesex have worked on similar issues as well as some of our experienced heating engineers from Battersea and our Wood-Green plumbers.

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