Stack the fireplace and flick on the slow-cooker, Australian winter is fast descending upon us. There is plenty to celebrate about the upcoming cold snap. However, for Australians facing the chill in uninsulated homes, winter means discomfort, damp and dread. Not only will home insulation seal the warmth in winter, but when summer rolls around it will keep your house nice and cool too! Here are five great reasons to insulate your house this season.
Slash Those Bills!
Climate control costs. One-third of the total energy spend for a Victorian household will go towards heating. This figure inflates dramatically for houses without insulation, as 35% of heat is lost through the roof in winter. Insulation is an inexpensive solution to the mounting pressure of rising energy prices. Insulating your ceiling alone will see a 20% saving on heating and cooling. The return on your investment is immediate.
Humans have little tolerance for extreme temperature and unfortunately, our Australian winter is not always sympathetic to this sensitivity. Insulating your home controls the transfer of heat through building fabric. This regulates airflow to ensure a consistent, pleasant internal climate year-round.
Cavity wall insulation absorbs vibration, in result reducing the transfer of noise between rooms. It also instantly minimises the noise from several sources such as appliances, media equipment, pets, social gatherings, etc. It will also help ‘deaden’ external noise pollution. In terms of sound reduction, fibreglass and cellulose are the most effective materials.
Safety & Wellbeing
Condensation, caused by the temperature difference between external and internal surfaces, exposes your home to dampness and mould. Indoor activity as well can create moisture, such as cooking, doing the washing, showers, etc. This possesses significant health risks and a threat to the structural integrity of the house. Correctly insulation regulates the temperature between surfaces and prevents mould contamination that causes allergens in your home. The right kind of insulation can also help fireproof your home. Fibreglass, being non-flammable and non-combustible, is one of the most resistant materials to fire. It is also inexpensive and easy to install.
Why Not Go Green?
Insulate to cool your climate conscience. Just warming your living room by an additional degree for one year will release 310- 360 kg of extra carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Insulating over your ceiling can hold the heat, keeping your room throughout the chilly season. The logic is simple: insulation means greater retention of heating and less energy expended on keeping your home temperate.
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