Why should Insulate my home? What are the benefits?
Insulation is very clever. Not only does it make your home warmer in winter, it also helps keep it cooler in summer. This is a little bit like a flask which keeps drinks hot or cold by providing an insulating layer between the drink and the outside air.
Air is a poor conductor of heat, so the tiny pockets of air trapped in insulation minimise the amount of heat which can pass between the inside and outside of your house.
This means that in winter, the heat stays inside a home and in the summer it stays outside!
The exact benefits of Insulation can be hard to measure due to other influencing elements such as the amount of insulation you have, the size of your home and other environmental factors like climate, house position and shading; however studies have proven that:
Half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes can simply leak out without insulation. Insulation helps to:
The Higher the R-Value (Thermal Resistance) of insulation the more it slows the heat flow and the better it insulates. The ACT Government recommends a rating of R5 in the ceiling for Canberra homes, however the State requirement is that no new home can be sold with less than an R4 R-Value insulation in the ceiling.