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    Has anyone fitted insulation below or behind their kitchen cabinets?

    What kind of insulation, how thick, did it help?

    The kitchen in the old house we just bought has 3 solid external walls and a solid floor without obvious insulation. It has a walk-in U layout with fitted cabinets against all the external walls. It's bl**day cold and the backs of the cupboards have been mouldy in the past.

    EWI will happen sometime, but not before this winter, but digging the floor up to insulate will not happen anytime soon until the kitchen needs replacing.

    I am thinking about putting insulation in the void beneath the cabinets. This will increase the path length for heat to flow through the floor to the outside air.

    I'm also considering working some insulation into the void between the back of each cabinet and the wall. Needs some thoughts about moisture.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2019
     
    Don’t do it! If you already get condensation and mould that will happen behind or under the insulation
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    Thanks Tony, we had that when we insulated with wool under a bath in a previous place, but we replaced the wool with offcuts of foil faced PIR which worked fine.
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2019
     
    Posted By: WillInAberdeeninsulation in the void beneath the cabinets


    Yes, but perhaps leave an air grille or whatever.
    Otherwise, I was wondering, could you not simply fit a piece of 20mm EPS inside each cupboard ?

    gg
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2019
     
    Posted By: gyrogearOtherwise, I was wondering, could you not simply fit a piece of 20mm EPS inside each cupboard ?

    Eh, where? He wants to insulate the floor of the cabinets. He won't want soft EPS on the floor of the cupboards, I think?
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2019
     
    well, I was actually thinking of the BACKS of the cupboards, force-fitted inside-like...

    I should of said...

    gg
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2019
     
    I first thought of the backs, but he did clearly say underneath!
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