Where Do You Need Insulation the Most?
It's advisable to get your whole house insulated to save money on your energy bills and also to prevent winter heat loss and summer heat gain, but it's important to know that some areas are more important than others, for example
- 25 to 35 percent of heat gain comes through and is lost out the window
- 10 to 20 percent is through the floors of your home
- 15 to 25 percent of heat loss and heat gain is through the walls
The Different Types Of Insulation
The two basic types of Insulation that you want to familiarise yourself with is Bulk and Reflective insulation:
Bulk - Works by trapping tiny pockets of still air within its structure. This air provides a barrier or resistance to heat flow.
Reflective - Works by a combination of reflecting large amounts of heat away from its polished metallic surface and/or by reducing the radiant heat being emitted from the surface.
Bulk is available in Batts, blanket, board or loose-fill insulation and reflective is very commonly found in a foil-backed blanket (roof sarking)
The Climate Of Your Environment
The climate is often a factor that is overlooked. If you inhabit a place that has a wet climate then you should be very careful in the material that you use as some products are not good as absorbing moisture as some others, there are some water-resistant types but it is a good idea to keep moisture away from your insulation.
R-Value specifies the resistance to heat flow so the higher it is, the better the resistance. We can use this to compare different products and find one that is suited for us, this should be one of your most important considerations.
In Australia your standards will depend on your location, you can find a lot more information in this article by the Australian Government.
It's important to pick the right insulation for your home, researching beforehand can make your life a lot easier and can help you make the smartest decision for your home, get in contact with us if you have any more questions or concerns regarding any insulation product.