Home Insulation Information
Home Insulation is often quoted as “One of the best investments you can make in your home”, and it’s easy to see why.
From a financial perspective, no other investment comes close. Properly insulating your home can reduce your energy bills by as much as 40% or more, year after year for the lifetime of your insulation, which in most cases is 20 – 30 years! More in the case of Higgins Insulation, which is guaranteed for life!
When you look at the relatively low cost of insulating your home, compared to a lifetime of energy savings, it becomes obvious that insulation is a must have investment in your home.
But the benefits of insulating your home go way beyond the financial aspects. A properly insulated home will also provide a much more comfortable living environment for you and your family. Correctly insulating Your home will help to protect it from the harsh summer temperatures, whilst also providing a warm & cosy home environment through winter. Cool in summer, cosy in winter!
In addition to lifelong savings, and a more comfortable internal living temperature, installing insulation into your home will also protect your home from the harsh noises of the outside world, to create a tranquil internal sanctuary.
Ok, so now you know why insulation is so important and what it will do for you and your family, let’s look a little deeper!
It can be installed to improve thermal or acoustic characteristics of your home, or both.
Thermal Home Insulation:
Thermal home insulation is any product that is installed to improve the thermal efficiency of your home, to essentially improve your homes ability to resist heat flow in and out of the living space.
There are a number of areas within a home that can greatly benefit from the installation:
- Under rooves
- Ceiling Cavity
- Exterior walls
The ideal is to create a living space with the maximum resistance to heat flow possible, enabling the temperature to be more effectively controlled through natural and mechanical ventilation and reduce the need for high energy heating and cooling.
Thermal home insulation products come in a range of ‘R’ values, with the higher the ‘R’ value the more effective the product at insulating your home. Learn about ‘R’ values here –
To this end, there are a number of other products that can be employed to support it and increase the thermal efficiency of your home, including:
- Window tinting & shading
- Natural ventilation systems
- Mechanical ventilation systems
- Draft exclusion products.
Acoustic Home Insulation:
Acoustic home insulation products strive to give you more control over the sound within your home, to create a more private and relaxing home environment. This can be in the form of unwanted external noise coming into the home, like road noise, lawn mowers etc, or controlling interior noise from home theater rooms, childrens play areas, between bedrooms and other living areas etc.
There are 2 types of acoustic home insulation, products designed to absorb sound and product designed to prevent sound transmission.
The ideal time to install any type of home insulation is during construction, but even if your home has been standing for a 100 years you can still install some forms of it and greatly improve the thermal efficiency and acoustic comfort of your home.