Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Keep the Winter Chills at Bay; Insulation Is the Key to Creating a Warm Winter Home

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Keep the Winter Chills at Bay; Insulation Is the Key to Creating a Warm Winter Home

Article excerpt

AS THE temperatures plummeted this week; most of us were reminded about just how well or how poorly our homes cope in winter.

According to the experts, taking into account the world's best practice and international benchmarks, Australian homes have poor thermal resistance; and insulation is one of the key issues.

With uncontrolled air leakage accounting for between 15 to 25% of winter heat loss in Australian homes, this means our homes are two to four times as draughty as those in North America or Europe.

While some may argue that Australia doesn't experience the same extremes of temperature as many of those countries, money spent on ineffective heating and cooling should be a concern to households trying to balance their budget while making their home a comfortable living space.

Brick veneer is Australia's most common type of construction for residential dwellings yet its thermal performance is the worst of all construction types across most climates. With only 18% of Australian dwellings having some form of wall insulation this means many brick veneer and timber homes have an uncomfortable internal environment.

Significant loss of heat

In winter, ceilings can dissipate between 25% and 35% of heat through the roof cavity, while walls can lose between 10% and 20%.

Whether you are building a new home, renovating, or simply considering the addition of insulation to an older house, the benefits of investing in insulation are clear:

there is a significant reduction of the amount of artificial heating and cooling required.

homeowners can reduce the expense of heating and cooling.

improvement of the comfort of the building occupants.

insulation has a long life and low maintenance.

near-elimination of condensation on the interior of walls and ceilings.

a cleaner home; reduction or elimination of air filtration. …

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