If you didn’t know already, insulation keeps your home warm and cool and makes your home energy efficient all year around. Around half of all heat can escape if your home is not properly insulated. Insulation acts as a barrier and is essential for keeping homes warm in winter and cool in summer. A well-insulated and well-designed house provides year-round comfort and cutting cooling and heating bills by up to half.
Insulation is usually found in walls and ceilings where heat escapes the most. When choosing insulation climate conditions are a big factor when choosing the appropriate level and type of insulation.
You need to establish whether the insulation is needed to keep heat out or in (or both). If you live in an area where the weather varies through the seasons, your insulation will need to be coupled with the correct passive design principles. If it’s always hot or cold where you live, then your insulation will be incorporated into the design with that in mind.
When people think of insulation they think of batts. Batts are made of glasswool or rockwool and are light, fluffy-looking panels that sit inside the frame of your home. Typically either in wall spaces or in your ceiling and work by trapping tiny pockets of air within fibres.
See below for insulated materials and tips when installing insulation.
Where are you building?
The type of climate you’re in will determine whether you want insulation that’s designed to keep heat in, keep it out or both. Australia is broken up into a number of climate zones and understanding what’s required in your zone will help you understand what insulation you’ll need.
New build or renovation
If you’re considering insulation for a home you intend to build your options are wide open and you can use just about any type of insulation you want. Provided that it meets the requirements set out in the building code regulations.
A properly insulated ceiling will allow you to have even temperatures throughout your entire home… and it’s usually the first and easiest place to insulate (it’s also where you loose the most heat)..
Adding insulation to an already built home can be trickier. Getting insulation into the right spots without ripping out all of your walls can be done! It’s achieved by drilling holes in the walls, then blowing insulation into the wall cavities. However it does come with one or two problems; you need a building consent; the work must comply with building regulations.
Insulation when used properly will add comfort, reduce unwanted heat loss or gain heat and will also decrease your energy bills. Remember… always use a licensed installer and make sure they comply with all building regulations.
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