All types of insulation will help reduce your energy bills and cut down on your carbon footprint. Floor insulation is a relatively simple process that can save you up to £15 a year by sealing any gaps between skirting boards and floors and as much as £40 per annum by installing insulation under the floors of your home.
Up to 10% of heat can be lost through insufficient floor insulation; however, this can easily be rectified by carrying out a few simple tasks.
Gaps and cracks in the floorboards and around the skirting boards can be filled with sealant, which can be purchased from any DIY store from as little as £15. Be careful not to block the under floor airbricks located in the outside walls of your home, as without adequate ventilation the floorboards will rot.
Wooden floorboards can be insulated by lifting the boards and placing insulating material such as mineral wool between the joists. This costs around £90 and again the materials can be purchased from your local DIY store.
By installing floor insulation, the average size family home will cut carbon dioxide emissions by around half a tonne each year.