Out of many elements that contribute home heat loss/gain, walls deserve a special mention. As experts in the insulation industry, we can highlight all the elements that contribute to heat loss here. Walls, the floor, roof/ceiling, and doors/windows are these elements, and insulating these areas or elements with an Insulation material is the best option to consider these days. Well, you can ignore insulation, but the end result will be high energy bills. Can you afford it as a homeowner? We don’t think so. Ignoring Wall Insulation can lead to a heat loss of 35%. To compensate this heat loss or gain, you will either keep your heaters or air conditioners on all day. As a result, your energy bills will skyrocket. Almost every homeowner who ignores insulation goes through this high energy bills issue.
Should we only talk about high energy bills? OK, you are a rich person, hence paying energy bills is “nothing” for you. The high energy bill isn’t the only issue here. It is all about the comfort of your home. Your home is your castle, the place where your wife and kids live happily. Anyway, when the temperature level in your home rises or drops; your castle will become an uncomfortable place for everyone. Why would it happen without Wall Insulation? Well, not only without wall insulation, the temperature can drop or rise through heat gain and loss through other areas and elements such as windows, doors, the roof, ceiling, and the floor. Which means you should prevent heat loss and gain through all these areas and elements to maintain right temperature levels.
How much heat would escape your home? Walls can contribute to 35% of heat loss. During the summer, heat can enter your home through the walls too. The ceiling/roof contributes to 25% of heat loss. The floor contributes to 25% heat loss. The rest can escape through doors and windows. Anyway, we can keep windows and doors closed to keep the 15% in. Also, installing thick glasses on windows can reduce heat transfer too. DIY methods are there to fill the gaps between doors and the floor. But, installing insulation is the only reliable option to prevent heat loss and gain through walls, the floor, and ceiling.
As mentioned, heat can lose and gain through the walls. Take a look at this picture (https://www.nogapinsulation.com.au/image/catalog/home06/Insulation-melbourne.png.) Most homes in Australia have this sort of structure. So, gaps are there within the wall structure, and heat can gain or lose through these gaps. Wall Insulation acts as a barrier to this heat flow. Insulation is a thick material that has no gaps. So, heat can’t flow through it. Well, we should explain the mechanism in detail here. Every insulation material has air pockets within the structure. These air pockets prevent further air flow through the material.
Wall Insulation R-value
This is the value that determines how efficient the insulation batt is. Material thickness also plays a role here. In other words, more the material thickness, higher the R-value. So, it depends on which part of Australia you live in. If you live in a colder or warmer part of the country; buy Wall Insulation with a higher R-value. R-value 2.5 is sufficient for most areas in Australia. Anyway, insulation materials are available up to 7 R-value in Australia today. Of course, the price of insulation can vary depending on the material, R-value, or the thickness. But, investing a bit more in the first hand will save your time and money in the long run. For example, if you live in a colder part of Australia, and R-value 2.5 isn’t enough, but to save money you choose the lowest R-value; later you will have to spend more money on energy bills as you will have to keep heaters and air conditioners on all year long.
Wall Insulation choices
You can buy any insulation material available in the market today, and you don’t need to worry about the safety. Modern insulation doesn’t contain dangerous materials and contaminants such as asbestos. Fibreglass batt is the widely-used option yet. Rockwool, glasswool, wool, and cellulose are some examples of modern Wall Insulation options. Each option comes with its unique advantages and disadvantages. Some are easy-to-install, some are cheap, and so on. Out of many insulation options available in the market today, how to choose the right one that suits your home the most? Well, talk to us or an expert in the insulation industry because choosing the wrong insulation type is an often-heard mistake today. Most insulation providers now offer free advice for clients and non-clients. Or you can read a few blog articles posted by insulation providers in your city.
How much for Wall Insulation?
Manufacturers send their products to the market as pieces in a package. A package can have 2-6 pieces. Larger the area to install, more the insulation you will need. So, how much you would spend will depend on your property’s size. Installing insulation yourself? As mentioned, modern insulation materials are 100% free from dangerous contaminants. Still, would you do it yourself? It is not about the safety, but how correctly you will do it. Leaving gaps is a common mistake made by homeowners when DIY it. Frequent temperature fluctuation is the side effect of improper insulation installation. Which means hiring professional installers will complete the job perfectly. Not like on the ceiling and roof, installing Wall Insulation is a difficult task. Hire professionals so.
Choosing your supplier
An Australian manufacturer or a supplier knows what suits Australia the most. Many Australian insulation manufacturers are there, and they all sell quality products. Anyway, some companies manufacture better Wall Insulation. Always compare. Comparing insulation manufacturers is made easy with the Internet today. Just go to Google and type Wall Insulation, and Google will give you more than enough options to consider.
Some final words
So, now you have understood the importance of Wall Insulation, don’t you? No matter in which part of Australia you live in, you will need some sort of insulation material. High energy bills, frequent temperature fluctuations, and decreased comfort levels are the noted side effects of not installing insulation. You can consider acoustic insulation too, which is a special insulation type that cuts off heat transfer and sound. Homeowners who live facing highways and in industrial zones prefer this special insulation material as it lets them live peacefully. Contact us today if you have more questions!