We deal with myths about insulation all the time. Understanding these myths and misconceptions is not only important for us, but it’s also important for you! If you understand the reality behind these misconceptions, you will be better equipped to make informed insulation decisions.
We’ve spoken before about the benefits of insulation in summer. If your home is consistently too hot in the summer, it could be a sign of poor insulation. Insulation works both ways, and while it stops heat from leaving the house, it can also keep heat out. If your house is getting too warm over the summer, it might be worth thinking about reinsulating your home.
While insulation is important to slow heat transference throughout the house, ventilation allows airflow throughout the house. These sound like almost opposite goals, but when used together you can end up with a warm, dry house. Ventilation is important because it helps to keep an area dry and free from condensation. A house with good ventilation but poor insulation will be damp and cold. Alternatively, a house with good insulation but poor ventilation might be very humid. This is because the insulation keeps the warm air inside, but without ventilation, it also keeps damp air inside. The best solution is to consider installing ventilation when you install insulation. This way your house will be warm, dry, and healthy!
Insulation serves the purpose of keeping a house warm in winter and cool in summer. While they serve the same purpose however, not all types of insulation are created equal. Some insulation has better noise reduction qualities, and others are even banned in New Zealand! Different insulation materials are also better for different applications, which could include the underfloor, walls or ceiling. This makes your choice of insulation depend on many different variables, so it is recommended to seek professional advice.
The R-Value is certainly important when choosing insulation, however, it is far from the only thing that matters. Insulation has many different factors such as fire resistance, durability, resistance to pests, and whether it is hypoallergenic. At Bay Energy Solutions, we use two types of insulation: polyester and glasswool. Both are non-allergenic, odourless, and resistant to mould and rodents.
With all these myths about insulation out in the world, it can sometimes be challenging to separate fact from fiction. That’s where we come in. If you would like to book a free home insulation assessment today, contact Bay Energy Solutions. Our insulation experts can help you make your home healthier and more energy efficient.