What are the benefits of home insulation?

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The benefits of home installation far exceed that of having poor insulation. Some benefits include increased home value, energy savings, reduced carbon emissions, greater comfort, and can help minimise the effects of fire. In addition, if you use high-quality and proper insulation, your energy consumption levels can be reduced by up to 35%.

If you are looking into insulations and the different types of insulation, we recommend getting Rockwool insulation; this insulation is a popular option as it does not produce toxic smoke and has excellent thermal and acoustic properties.

What are the key benefits of home insulation?

Insulation is one of the most beneficial things you can do to your home to create comfort and reduce your power bills. The number of short-term and long-term benefits of home insulation is long, but here are five of the best.

1. Increase home values

In Europe, every house sold on the market has to have an Energy certificate – showing how well the home is isolated and the likely energy costs to run this home during a year. While Australia has not reached this scrutiny regarding energy consumption, a home’s energy cost will come more and more into the consideration of future buyers.

It is now becoming clear that well-insulated homes have lower energy bills and, therefore, in the hands of a skilled real estate agent, can achieve higher sales results.

2. Energy savings

Did you know that poorly or adequately insulated homes can lose 15% to 35% of their energy? This is because your energy can be wasted by air leaks all around your home and via doors and windows. While double and triple glassing is now mandatory in Europe to make homes energy efficient, in Australia, even on noisy roads, single poorly insulated aluminium windows are the norm. 

Thin gyprock ceilings without insulation on top can be a significant source of energy loss. This means your heater and air conditioning system must work harder to maintain your home’s temperature.

The more you use your HVAC system, the higher your monthly energy bill, so insulation saves you money.

3. Reduce your carbon footprint

Some people still don’t know that energy consumption directly correlates with your carbon footprint, which is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted by fossil fuels consumed by a particular individual.

If all homes were fitted with proper insulation, across the house, residential use of electricity across Australia would drop by 5-10%, with natural gas dropping by at least 15%. These benefits of home insulation will majorly impact the carbon emissions individuals produce, thanks to insulation.

So it’s clear – insulation decreases energy consumption. This means fewer fossil fuels are used to heat or cool the residence, reducing the emissions of harmful gasses like carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

Insulation plays a vital role in protecting the environment, as carbon dioxide is one of the primary greenhouse gasses contributing to global warming. Sulphur dioxide is also a major component of acid rainfall.

Insulation is generally not associated with pollution control. However, all pollution from energy production can be saved if energy is conserved. Therefore, the benefits of home insulation aim to fix pollution.

family enjoying the benefits of home insulation in comfortable house
Insulation helps create a balanced environment for your family, saving you long-term costs of heating and cooling

4. Increase the home’s comfort level

Insulating your home should be your first step to creating a peaceful, comfortable home where you can relax. Insulating walls can help reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss by as much as 30%. Thermal insulation can even create stable indoor temperatures, which reduces the frequency of the need to turn on the cooling and heating units.

5. Rockwool insulation can make your home more fire-resistant 

Rockwool is the most popular insulating material for fire resistance. Non-combustible insulation slows the flame spread and quickly stops the spread of a fire from room to room.

Rockwool thermal insulation doesn’t produce toxic smoke. This is important as smoke inhalation causes more deaths in occupants than the actual flames. Rockwool insulation is a versatile home thermal insulation product with excellent thermal and acoustic qualities.

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