Depending on the structure, building material, and age of your home there are a range of strategies you can implement to make it more energy efficient. Installing or replacing insulation is one of the best ways to do this, and our polyurethane foam product is an innovative solution.

By making some simple improvements, your home will be warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Plus, the added bonus will be lower electricity bills!

Start with Draught Proofing

If your home is draughty, in winter the warm air will escape through gaps in doors, windows, floors, fireplaces, or exhaust fans. Similarly, in the summer hot air will enter your home. To draught-proof your home, the first thing to do is track down where the problem areas are. Seal all the cracks and gaps you can find to minimise energy wastage.

Insulation is Key

Insulation is a cost-effective way to keep your home more comfortable. Correctly insulating the walls, floors and ceiling will drastically improve the indoor temperature. Before you begin, check that there are no overdue maintenance issues such as cleaning gutters and drains, broken windows, or rotting panes. Dampness in the structures can affect  energy-efficiency and can also be a health risk. Insulation can help with moisture control, but if you do the necessary maintenance first it will give you a head start.

A polyurethane spray foam (PU) is premium insulation which can be used for ceilings, walls, and floors. It is a cost effective product which creates a seal to keep the temperature in your home more comfortable. PU is environmentally friendly, durable and has long term energy efficiency properties.

Don’t Neglect the External Structures

The shed may be a haven for the DIYer in the family, a storage room for the car, boat or other valuable items. Whatever its use, the humble shed can be underused during extreme weather of heat or cold. Any sized shed or garage can become a more usable space if it is draught reduced and insulated with PU. Shed insulation is just one of the services we offer at Tate’s Coating.

Plant Trees and Shrubs

Once your insulation is intact and all your maintenance is up to date, the next step is to consider your landscaping. The house itself will already be blocking some of the heat in summer and keeping you warmer in winter, but the garden can further improve the energy efficiency. Strategically planting shrubs and deciduous trees to stop the summer rays can make a real difference.

Change Your Habits

Even if you start by making small changes to your everyday habits you will increase energy efficiency and begin to notice the savings. Modern appliances typically have energy-efficient settings but many older appliances use a lot of energy. 

Simple things you can do include turning down the heater, using floor coverings, and making sure the dishwasher has a full load. Always turn off appliances and stand by mode when you are not using the equipment. Replace old light bulbs with LED globes and consider solar power options. As 40% of your homes heating can be lost through your windows, heavy curtains or blinds may help.

If you would like to learn more about our insulation services, please contact us today!