03 Sep 2015

One of the most cost effective ways to maintain the comfort of your home and reduce energy costs is to invest in a sensible insulation system. An insulator constructs what is called a thermal envelope around a building, which limits the amount of heat that can transfer out of the house, whilst simultaneously preventing the absorption of cold from the outside. Whilst many insulation materials exist, such as Vacuum Insulated Panels that go inside your walls to prevent the loss of heat, many people lose heat through their doors and window frames, which are constructed with improper materials for insulation.

Typically, timber is chosen as a building material because it offers a plethora of advantages; fast construction, low environmental impact and a beautiful look. However, timber is also a natural insulator, which means it works just like special insulation materials by trapping heat in and preventing the temperature of the outside world from affecting your home. Like other lightweight materials, timber has what is known as a low thermal mass. Thermal mass is a materials ability to absorb and store heat. One of the advantages of timber frames is that the method of construction can redistribute the material’s thermal mass to ensure the right amount of heat is stored, all without compromising structural integrity. This means that not only is timber extremely energy efficient, it can be engineered and modified to suit the needs of your home or the climate in which you live.

The temperature of the outside world often fluctuates in accordance with the season and weather patterns. One of the advantages of a strong insulating material, such as timber, is that it works throughout the year, to keep out the cold in the winter and maintain a comfortable temperature during the summer months. Window frames, especially when coupled with double-glazed windowpanes to maximize thermal efficiency, work just as well as doors and other thermal insulators to keep your building the temperature you want.

Another factor related to your home impacted by the use of timber as a building material is air tightness. This is a measure of how much air is able to leak out of a building through entrances such as doors and windows. One of the many problems associated with low air tightness is that the building is more likely to develop damp. The escape of air also means the escape of heat; but timber frames tend to actually increase the air tightness of your building, letting out less air and heat than other materials commonly used for construction purposes.

The other obvious advantage of timber then is that it saves you money. Not only is it often less expensive than other materials to source and have constructed, the natural insulation provided by timber products can save you money in the long run, as less heat is required to keep your building warm. This means reduced energy bills and a reduced environmental impact, as less fossil fuels are burned to create heat for your home. Timber products insulate your home to give you great value for money.

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