A well insulated home can reduce your heating and cooling bills and help you to be healthier and more comfortable all year round.
What is insulation?
Insulation acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, particularly in ceilings, roofs, walls and floors.
There are two main types of insulation:
- Bulk insulation helps keep heat in or out by stopping heat from escaping or entering.
- Reflective insulation helps keep your home cool in summer by deflecting radiant heat.
Benefits of Insulation
Insulation helps to:
- reduce the need to use your mechanical heating and cooling systems, saving money on your energy bills
- improve weatherproofing of your home
- reduce moisture problems like condensation
- some types of insulation can also make your home more soundproof.
What to insulate
Ceilings: If your ceiling isn't insulated, you could lose 35 per cent of your winter heating via the roof.
Walls: Uninsulated walls can increase heat loss in winter by 10 to 20 per cent.
Floors: Some types of floors can also lose heat unnecessarily up to 20 per cent of your winter heat.
Verandah & Garages: Verandah roofs and garages might benefit from insulation if you spend a lot of time in these areas, especially if you are heating or cooling them.
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Last updated 4th March 2010.