Increase your insulation levels and increase your energy savings

Increase your insulation levels and increase your energy savings
July 8, 2016

The purpose of any thermal insulation is to stop the transfer of heat from one area to another. Upgrading your insulation above the minimum levels will improve the ability of your home to stop heat escaping.

Because of this increased ability to stop heat escaping, upgraded insulation allows you to increase the warmth and comfort in your home with less energy.

As you increase your Insulation R-value (“resistance” to heat transfer) your energy savings and insulation benefits are increased.

Uninsulated homes are colder and could leave you at risk of health issues. Homes with an internal temperature below 16°C increase the risk of respiratory diseases, asthma and bronchitis. The World Health Organisation recommends houses maintain a minimum temperature of 18°C to ensure that the occupants remain healthy and comfortable.  In homes with young children this minimum temperature recommendation is 21°C.

Over 500,000 New Zealand homes have inadequate insulation so it’s no surprise that New Zealand has the second highest rate of asthma in the world.

And a Wellington School of Medicine study has also found that insulated houses resulted in families with fewer sick days and an economic benefit that was double the cost of the insulation.

By Increasing your Insulation from ‘Pink® Batts® Classic’ to our higher R-Value range ‘Pink® Batts® Ultra®’ you’re investing now in your long term health and energy savings. Depending on the size and specification of the house, upgrading your insulation may only represent a 1% increase in the total build cost but the health, comfort and energy benefits for the homeowner are significant.

Electricity prices in New Zealand are on the rise, with a 50% increase in prices nationally between 2005 and 2014, so energy efficient measures should be a large focus in any home build or renovation.

Upgrading to the higher R-Value Pink® Batts® Ultra® insulation will benefit your energy savings, health and comfort. You will save energy on heating and cooling and with upgraded insulation you will maintain temperature where you once had to blast your heater on full to keep warm. And with the health risks of a cold poorly insulated home, an upgrade in insulation will go a long way to keeping your family healthy.

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