Check pipe insulation in cold weather

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

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The return of colder, autumnal weather conditions throughout many areas of Britain will prompt homeowners to check their pipe, tank and radiator insulation in the coming weeks.

The summer was a disappointing one for residents, who were left with regular rainfall and infrequent spells of sunshine, but now is the ideal time for homeowners to prepare their property ahead of the darker nights.

The clocks will change next month, ushering in the beginning of the autumn and winter seasons.

Met Office forecasts suggest that temperatures could fall below average for the rest of September, and are likely to be slightly below average going into the start of October.

The likelihood of suffering a cracked or burst pipe increases substantially in colder weather, and preventing damage to your central heating system may help to avoid a potentially expensive home insurance claim.

As the temperatures begin to fall, metal in the home contracts, while the pumping of hot water through homes can lead to structural weaknesses increasing the likelihood of an accident happening in the property.

Although adding lagging to your pipes and water tanks will decrease the chances of them being damaged, insulation will also help to keep your water hotter for longer, which is ideal for when residents are looking for a hot shower on a cold winter morning.

By installing insulation, residents may also be able to keep their monthly bills lower, giving them more money to spend on the finer things in life and helping them to fight the winter cold.

The money gained by introducing the measure to a home could play a pivotal part in helping towards saving for a holiday in the summer, so the work offers more advantages than simply keeping people warm.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has also detailed the benefits of insulation, explaining that more than 50 per cent of a property's heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and lofts.

It underlined that solid wall insulation in particular can help to save around £460 a year on a householder's fuel bills year-on-year, while reducing a household's carbon footprint by roughly two tonnes of CO2 annually.

Radiator reflector panels could be another important feature to install in properties, as they help to reduce energy consumption substantially.

The appliances are fitted behind radiators and reflect heat from the radio throughout rooms, rather than letting the warm air escape through an external wall.

Copyright Baubridge Ltd.

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