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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:

  • Standard R4 ceiling insulation can increase the star energy rating by 2.2 Stars
  • On average R4 Ceiling Insulation reduces Energy bills by 20%
  • It can on average reduce household energy costs by a further 20% more if you include Wall and Underfloor insulation
  • Insulation pays for itself in approximately 5 years

Half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes can simply leak out without insulation. Insulation helps to:

  • Save money on your energy bills
  • Reduce your energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems
  • Improve your comfort at home.
  • Some types of insulation can make your home more soundproof.

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.

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