The Most Efficient Way to Insulate Your Home
Australian homes come in all shapes and sizes, so they all have different needs when it comes to insulation. It’s also a fact that Australia’s housing landscape spans decades upon decades. This means that many older homes (and some newer ones) aren’t properly insulated. If you consider a home built in the 1950’s, we simply didn’t have the insulation technology we do today.
So, whether you’re building a new home or renovating an older one, you might be surprised at the insulation options you have. No longer do you need to tear out every wall to lay insulation. You can do it quickly, efficiently and also cost effectively. Here’s all you need to know about choosing the right home insulation.
When many people think of insulation, they think of putting on a bunch of protective clothing and climbing into the roof cavity. Then, you awkwardly try to crawl around in tight spaces to lay large insulation batts. It’s extremely messy, and frankly not a lot of fun. So, what if there was an easier way?
Blow-in insulation has been around for a while now, and it’s a much simpler alternative. As the name suggests, blow-in insulation is blown through a small hole in the wall. In fact, some insulation only requires an 18mm hole.
Perfect for Older Homes
When you’re building a new home, you have access to wall and ceiling cavities. Consequently, installing traditional insulation before your walls are plastered is easy. In older homes however, installing installation can be a nightmare.
That’s why blow-in insulation is so perfect, because you don’t need to disturb skirting boards or plaster walls. Just drill a hole in the wall, and blow the insulation in. Sure, you’ll have a few holes to fill and a little painting to do. But it’s certainly a far cheaper option than re-doing your walls entirely.
Installing roof insulation in existing homes, and also new homes, is much easier than the walls. Firstly, you can usually get into your ceiling cavity a lot easier. Furthermore, most ceiling joist centres are cut to similar widths, meaning purchasing batts is simple. However, there’s a few things to consider when choosing the right roof insulation for your home.
You can certainly use blow-in insulation as we discussed before, however many people choose traditional batts and ceiling rolls. When considering batts, it’s essential you get the right thickness. The thickness of a batt is also it’s resistance to heat loss. In insulation terms, this is signified by an ‘R’ Rating. Ceiling insulation should ideally be between R-2.5 – 6.0 for maximum efficiency.
Also, don’t forget those smaller areas in your ceiling cavity, because there’s a few places heat can escape. Around vents and chimneys and also exhaust fans are tricky to insulate, but it’s worth putting the effort in.
What is the Best Type of Insulation
Every home will be different, and it also makes a difference whether you’re building a new home or renovating an old one. Regardless, choose products that are made for high thermal performance and offer great acoustic sound absorption. Also, you can do your bit for the planet and buy eco-friendly insulation. So, whether you choose blow-in insulation or traditional batts, make sure the quality is high. Your family will certainly thank you in the coldest and warmest times of the year!