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Absolute Energy and Haven Apartments

Absolute Energy is delighted to team up with Haven Apartments, a high quality development situated just 500 metres from the heart of Nelson city, New Zealand. Haven Apartments are setting the bar for sustainable and innovation in New Zealand housing. This partnership between the two company’s is a natural fit, combining our expertise in insulation with Haven’s innovative approach to eco-friendly, sustainable living.

Design and Development

Haven Apartments is a forward-thinking project that meets the market for accessible housing while embracing green technology. This development is not just about building apartments. It’s about crafting homes that are using innovative green building technologies for an eco-friendly green build.

The design of Haven Apartments is truly unique, seamlessly blending functionality with aesthetic appeal. The interiors feature cross-laminated timber, echoing the natural beauty of Nelson. While stone-effect tiles and subtle, water-inspired hues create a calm and inviting atmosphere.

Rockwool Insulation

Absolute Energy chose Rockwool insulation for Haven Apartments, utilising its outstanding capabilities to enhance the development’s safety and comfort. Known for its exceptional acoustic, fire, and thermal properties, Rockwool serves as an excellent insulation material that also doubles as a fire barrier. This adds an extra layer of security for residents. Its non-absorbent nature makes it an ideal choice for installation behind cladding or a rainscreen. This  safeguards the building against moisture penetration without compromising its insulation efficiency. The use of Rockwool insulation in the apartments provides living spaces that are not only comfortable and energy-efficient but also safe and sound.

Collaborating

Absolute Energy has a long standing partnership and friendship with Scott construction, the team building Haven Apartments. At the heart of this collaboration is the mutual commitment of Absolute Energy and Haven Apartments to enhance living standards while prioritising environmental stewardship. The integration of innovative green building technologies ensures that each apartment not only provides a sanctuary for its residents but also contributes positively to the wider ecosystem.

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In collaborating with Haven Apartments, Absolute Energy is ensuring that comfort and energy efficiency go hand in hand. Our insulation services mean that residents will enjoy lower energy bills and a cosy home environment.

This partnership is a celebration of our shared dedication to eco-friendly living and design innovation. We’re excited to bring our insulation expertise to these apartments Apartments. We love to help create a sustainable living space that residents will be proud to call home.

Read more here https://www.havenapartments.co.nz/

Women living in home experiencing heat lss

If you own an older home in New Zealand, chances are that it is not well-insulated, which means that you could be losing heat and money. Heat loss is a common problem in New Zealand homes, and it can lead to higher energy bills, lower indoor comfort, and even health issues. In this article, we will explain what home heat loss is, why it occurs, and what you can do to reduce it.

What is Home Heat Loss?

If you own an older New Zealand property that is poorly insulated, you could be experiencing a high rate of heat loss. This means that cold air is easily getting into your home while warm air is escaping quickly. Some common symptoms of heat loss include dampness, mould growth, and difficulty heating up your home. However, if your home is well-insulated, it will have a lower rate of heat loss. Heat can escape from a home through various means, such as conduction, convection, and radiation. We explain more about heat transfer in more detail in a recent article. Some common areas of heat loss in homes include windows, doors, walls, roofs, and floors. Heat loss can occur even in well-sealed homes, but it is more prevalent in older homes that may not have adequate insulation or sealing.

Why Does Home Heat Loss Occur?

Home heat loss occurs for several reasons, such as poor insulation, air leaks, and lack of proper ventilation. Older New Zealand homes, in particular, are more prone to heat loss due to their construction and design. Many older homes were built with single-pane windows, uninsulated walls, and poor sealing, which makes them vulnerable to heat loss. In addition, as homes age, the insulation can deteriorate, and air leaks can develop, leading to increased heat loss.

How to Reduce Heat Loss in your NZ Home:

Reducing heat loss is essential for improving energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and creating a healthy living environment. Here are some tips for reducing heat loss in your older New Zealand home:

Installing proper insulation
Proper insulation is the most effective way to reduce home heat loss. Installing insulation in your walls, ceilings, and floors can significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce heat loss. Insulation provides a barrier that helps your home retain heat and improves energy efficiency. By properly insulating your home, you can reduce heat loss, lower your energy bills, and improve indoor comfort. At Absolute Energy, we can assess your home’s insulation needs and recommend the best insulation solution for your home.

Seal Air Leaks:
Air leaks can cause significant heat loss in homes. These leaks can occur around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and other penetrations in the walls. Sealing these leaks with weatherstripping, caulking, and foam sealant can help reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency.

Upgrade Your Windows:
Single-pane windows are a significant source of heat loss in older homes. Upgrading your windows to double-pane or triple-pane windows can significantly reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency. You can also consider adding storm windows or window film for additional insulation.

Proper Ventilation:
Proper ventilation is essential for maintaining healthy indoor air quality and reducing heat loss. Ventilation helps remove moisture, pollutants, and stale air from your home, which can improve indoor comfort and energy efficiency. Absolute Energy can assess your home’s ventilation needs and recommend the best solution for your home.

Book a free Insulation assessment to understand what insulation you have in your home

By properly insulating your home, sealing air leaks, upgrading your windows, and ensuring proper ventilation, you can significantly reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency in your older New Zealand home.

Contact Absolute Energy for a free insulation assessment to determine your home’s insulation needs and learn about the benefits of insulating your home. By taking action to reduce heat loss, you can save money on your energy bills, improve your indoor comfort, and contribute to a healthier environment. Don’t wait to improve your home’s insulation and energy efficiency. Contact Absolute Energy today and take the first step towards a more comfortable and sustainable home.

Benefits of Insulating Your Home

Insulating your home offers a range of benefits, from reducing energy bills to improving the overall comfort of your living space. As a leading provider of insulation services in Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, and Otago, Absolute Energy is committed to helping homeowners understand the benefits of insulating their homes. In this article, we’ll explore the key benefits of insulating your home and why it’s worth the investment.

 

Good insulation helps with home energy savings

One of the most significant benefits of insulating your home is the energy savings you’ll enjoy. Insulation acts as a barrier, preventing heat from escaping in the winter and entering in the summer. This means that you’ll be able to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, reducing the need for heating and cooling systems and lowering your energy bills.

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Improved comfort is one of the key benefits of insulating your home

Insulating your home also helps to improve the overall comfort of your living space. A well-insulated home will have more consistent temperatures, reducing drafts and hot spots. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy a more comfortable living environment, regardless of the season.

 

Increased home value and desirability

Insulating your home can also increase its value and desirability. A well-insulated home is more energy-efficient and comfortable, making it more attractive to potential buyers. This means that if you’re thinking of selling your home in the future, insulation can help you get a better price.

 

Insulation helps create healthier living environments

Insulating your home can also help to create a healthier living environment. A well-insulated home will have fewer drafts, reducing the risk of moisture buildup and mold growth. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy a healthier and safer living environment, free from the risks associated with mould and moisture.

 

Environmental Benefits

Insulating your home also offers environmental benefits. By reducing the need for heating and cooling systems, insulation helps to lower your carbon footprint and reduce the amount of energy you use. This means that you’ll be able to do your part to protect the environment and reduce your impact on the planet.

Lowering our overall energy use has a key role in helping New Zealand fight climate change. This is one of the reason’s Absolute Energy has decided to partner and support EECA. By making better choices about how we use energy in our everyday lives we can help move NZ towards sustainable energy systems for the wellbeing of future generations.

 

Different Types of Insulation

There are many different types of insulation available, each with its own set of benefits. From batts vs blown to wool and polyester insulation. With some many insulation products available to customers it can be difficult to decide which product is right for your home.

Some of the most common types of insulation include fiberglass like Earthwool Insulation, blown glasswool like CosyWall Insulation, and of course your common insulation batts. When choosing the right insulation for your home, it’s important to consider factors such as R-value, cost, and installation process.

The team at Absolute Energy can help you understand the differences between insulation products. Contact us today if you’d like to know more.

 

Working with Absolute Energy

At Absolute Energy, we are dedicated to helping homeowners understand the benefits of insulating their homes. Our team of experts will work with you to assess your specific needs. We provide guidance for you to choose the best insulation solution for your home. Whether you’re looking to insulate your walls, ceilings, underfloor, or acoustic applications, we have the expertise and experience to help.

Insulating your home offers a range of benefits. From reducing energy bills to improving the overall comfort of your living space. Whether you’re looking to increase your home’s value, create a healthier living environment, or reduce your impact on the environment, insulation is the way to go. Contact Absolute Energy today to learn more about the benefits of insulating your home or book your free home insulation assessment here.

Pink Batts Insulation

Insulating your home is an important step in ensuring that your living space is comfortable and energy-efficient. One of the most popular insulation products in New Zealand is Pink Batts Insulation. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Pink Batts insulation, including its history, composition, and benefits. We’ll also compare it to other insulation products available in New Zealand, and explain why a home owner should choose Pink Batts insulation.

 

What is Pink Batts Insulation?

Pink Batts is a type of fiberglass insulation that is designed for use in residential and commercial buildings. “The company make the product from recycled glass and offer it in various thicknesses and widths. The insulation’s pink colour earns it the nickname “Pink Batts.

 

The History of Pink Batts in New Zealand

Pink Batts is a New Zealand-based company that has been manufacturing insulation for over 60 years. The company was originally known as New Zealand Fibre Glass Limited and was established in 1961 in Penrose, Auckland.

The first factory in association with Owens Corning, the inventor of glass fibre insulation. In 1973, we trademarked the name Pink Batts by combining the Owens Corning “Pink brand” and Batts, which we owned. 37 years after we founded, we established Tasman Insulation New Zealand, separating from our Australian counterpart.”

In 2022, Tasman Insulation New Zealand and Forman Building Systems came together to create Comfortech Building Performance Solutions®. The company is the only glass wool insulation manufacturer in New Zealand, using local suppliers, employing Kiwis and supporting the New Zealand industry.

 

What makes the product pink?

Pink Batts insulation creates the product by melting recycled glass and spinning it into fibers. They then combine the fibers with a binder to form batts and cut them to the desired size and shape. The pink colour of the insulation is a result of the manufacturing process and includes a dye. The binder helps the insulation to maintain the bale’s thickness after opening. This allows it to provide the best possible insulation performance.

 

Comparison with Other Insulation Products

Pink Batts insulation is one of several insulation products available in New Zealand. Other popular options include polyester insulation, polystyrene insulation, and wool insulation. One of the main advantages of Pink Batts over these other options is its flexibility. You can cut the product to size and shape, making it easy to install in tight spaces and around obstructions. Additionally, the company makes Pink Batts from recycled materials, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

Compared to polyester insulation, fiberglass insulation has a higher thermal resistance, which means it can provide greater insulation against heat loss. Wool insulation is a good alternative insulation to fibreglass, but fiberglass insulation is more durable, more resistant to moisture and fire, and more affordable.

 

Benefits of Insulating with Pink Batts

Insulating your home with Pink Batts insulation provides several benefits, including improved energy efficiency and increased comfort. Insulation helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer by reducing heat loss and gain. This means that you’ll need to use less energy to heat and cool your home, which can save you money on your energy bills. Additionally, insulation can help to reduce noise transmission, making your living space more peaceful.

 

Conclusion:

Pink Batts insulation is a versatile and effective insulation option for New Zealand homes and buildings. Made from recycled materials, it is an environmentally friendly choice. It is also flexible, easy to install, and has a range of benefits from energy efficiency to noise reduction. It’s one of the most popular insulation products in New Zealand for a good reason, it is a great option for homeowners looking to insulate their homes.

If you’re interested in insulating your home, you can book your free home assessment online now. One of our friendly assessors will come to your home to assess its current insulation and make recommendations on how you can fully insulate your home. If you’d like to have a chat to one of our team members first you can contact us here.

 

Mammoth Polyester Insulation

Mammoth Insulation is a brand of insulation products that is available in New Zealand. They produce a range of insulation products including insulation for walls, ceilings, and underfloor spaces. Mammoth’s thermal and acoustic insulation is made from 100% polyester and uses up to 15,600 recycled plastic bottles per 100 sqm.

Polyester insulation is known for its durability, resistance to moisture, and easy installation. It is also non-allergenic and safe to use. These properties make it an ideal choice for insulation products that are used in homes and buildings. Additionally, Mammoth insulation is also made from recycled materials, making it an environmentally friendly insulation choice.

In this article we’re going to unpack some of the reasons why polyester insulation is an effective home insulation product and why we choose to partner with Mammoth Insulation.

Why Polyester Insulation is the Durable and Reliable Choice for Homes and Buildings

Polyester insulation is a synthetic material that is made from petroleum-based chemicals. Unlike other insulation products, everything in Mammoth from packaging to product is recyclable at the end of its life.

Polyester insulation is known for its ability to withstand environmental factors such as moisture, extreme temperatures, and UV radiation. This makes it a suitable choice for insulation in homes and buildings in New Zealand that are exposed to these conditions.

The durability of polyester insulation comes from its resistance to moisture. Moisture can cause damage to insulation materials over time, leading to a loss of thermal performance and even mold growth. It is highly resistant to moisture, which means it can retain its insulation properties for a longer period of time.

Additionally, polyester insulation is also resistant to extreme temperatures. This means that it can maintain its insulation properties in both hot and cold temperatures, making it a suitable choice for insulation in homes and buildings located in a wide range of climates.

How Polyester Insulation Can Save Time and Money for Your Home or Building

Mammoth Insulation’s easy installation can save you time and money during the insulation process. You can cut it to size and easily fit it into tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas, making it perfect for insulating older homes or buildings with irregularly-shaped spaces or tight corners.

Mammoth’s Polyester insulation is able to fit smaller spaces such as attics, crawlspaces, and walls. Its lightweight and easy to handle nature makes installation quick and efficient, saving you time and labor costs.

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Mammoth Insulation is a great choice for new and existing New Zealand homes.

Mammoth Insulation is a great choice for anyone looking to insulate their home in New Zealand. It’s made from 100% recycled polyester which is environmentally friendly, it is very durable, and it helps in reducing energy consumption and costs. This means that you can save money on your energy bills while also doing your part to protect the environment. Plus, it’s easy to install, saving you time and labor costs. So whether you’re building a new home or retrofitting an existing one, Mammoth Insulation is a smart and sustainable choice.

If you’re interested in insulating your home, you can book your free home assessment online now. One of our friendly assessors will come to your home to assess its current insulation and make recommendations on how you can fully insulate your home. If you’d like to have a chat to one of our team members first you can contact us here.

Wool Insulation for Homes

Over the coming weeks, we’re going to unpack some of Absolute Energy’s preferred insulation products. This weeks showcase product is Terra Lana Insulation, a wool insulation for homes. Keep reading to learn more about Terra Lana insulation.

 

The benefits of wool insulation for homes

Wool insulation for homes is a natural, renewable, and sustainable insulation solution that can help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Terra Lana Insulation, a brand of wool insulation produced in New Zealand, is specifically designed for homes and offers a number of benefits over other types of insulation products available.

One of the main benefits of wool insulation for homes is its thermal performance. The natural ability of wool fibers to trap air creates a barrier that slows down heat transfer, keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This can help to reduce the need for heating and cooling systems, saving homeowners money on energy bills.

Wool insulation is also an excellent choice for homeowners with allergies or respiratory issues. Unlike synthetic insulations, wool is naturally hypoallergenic and does not contain any chemicals that can irritate the lungs or eyes, making it a safe option for homes.

Another benefit of wool insulation for homes is its durability. Unlike synthetic insulations, wool insulation does not degrade over time and can last for decades. It also has the ability to absorb and release moisture, preventing mold and mildew growth in homes.

For eco-conscious homeowners, wool insulation is a more environmentally friendly option than other types of insulation. It is made from a natural and renewable resource, and the production process uses less energy and produces fewer emissions than the production of synthetic insulation.

 

Terra Lana Wool Insulation vs Other Home Insulation Products

When we look at comparing Terra Lana to other insulation products available in New Zealand, we find there are 3 main points of difference,

Synthetic materials such as fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam insulation make up most home insulation products. Terra Lana wool insulation, however, is crafted from natural, renewable, and sustainable materials including wool from New Zealand sheep.

Secondly, the thermal performance of wool insulation is particularly good. The natural ability of wool fibers to trap air creates a barrier that slows down heat transfer, making Terra Lana wool insulation more effective in keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, compared to other types of insulation

Finally, the production process of Terra Lana wool insulation uses less energy and produces fewer emissions than the production of synthetic insulation, making it a more environmentally friendly option than other types of insulation available in New Zealand.

 

Versatile Applications of Terra Lana Insulation: Best Uses for Residential and Commercial Properties

Terra Lana insulation is a versatile insulation product with applications in both residential and commercial buildings. Some of the best uses for Terra Lana insulation include:

Ceiling Insulation: Insulating the roof with Terra Lana wool insulation can help to keep the upper level of the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, reducing the need for heating and cooling systems.

Wall insulation: Insulating the walls of a home or building with Terra Lana wool insulation can improve the overall energy efficiency of the property and help to reduce energy bills.

Soundproofing: The natural properties of wool fibers in Terra Lana insulation can help to reduce sound transmission through walls, making it a great option for soundproofing in both residential and commercial properties.

Green building: Terra Lana insulation is a sustainable and environmentally friendly insulation product. It’s made from natural and renewable materials and the production process has a low environmental impact. It’s an excellent choice for green building projects.

Retrofitting: Terra Lana insulation can be used as a retrotfit insulation for existing homes and buildings. The product is easy to install and helps to improve the energy efficiency of homes without the need for major renovations.

 

Terra Lana Insulation: A Sustainable and Efficient Solution for Homes and Buildings

Terra Lana Insulation is a high-quality wool insulation made in New Zealand and designed for kiwi homes. It offers benefits such as thermal performance, hypoallergenic properties, durability and eco-friendly production. Insulating homes with wool using Terra Lana Insulation is a safe, durable insulation solution for your home.

To learn more about Terra Lana insulation, contact the team at Absolute Energy today. If you’re ready to insulate your home, you can book your free home assessment here.

Good insulation helps sell homes

When you’re selling your home, getting the highest offer possible is one of your biggest priorities. Although you can’t control factors like the current mortgage interest rates or the state of the economy, there are a few things you can do to increase the resell value of your home. One of the biggest ways to increase your home’s property value is insulation. If you’ve ever had to rug up with layers to stay warm indoors, you’ll understand why insulation is such a big draw card. Sadly for many of New Zealand’s older homes, poor insulation, (or no insulation at all) means cold houses and unimpressed buyers.

If you’re looking to sell your home for max return, it’s worth noting that good insulation does more than just keep your house warm, it helps sell your house. In some situations, a home energy grant may be available which provides low cost funding options for improving the insulation standards. You can learn more about the EECA Warmer Kiwi Homes grants here.

Here’s a few reasons insulation is worth installing if you’re looking to increase your home’s property value:

Homes with good insulation are easier to sell

Potential buyers know there’s a good chance a home with good insulation is free of damp, mould or mildew problems.  It’s also a good indication that the owner of the home has looked after the property. Because insulation is integral to your home being healthy (Homes that are poorly insulated, damp, or cold can cause health issues like respiratory problems or diseases like rheumatic fever. Buyers are more likely to purchase a home that is ready to live in from the get go.

It’s less work for the buyer

Sellers often seek top dollar for their homes. High inflation and interest rates combined with more homes on the market, lowers the chance of a buyer paying the asking price.  When considering an offer, buyers don’t want to spend more to fix things like poor insulation. Buyers will weigh the cost of improvements as part of their deliberation. Much like the point above, a buyer is more likely to be interested in a home that is ready to live in and isn’t going to incur further costs or work. Installing good insulation before you go to market makes your home more appealing against the competition.

An insulated home is a more energy-efficient home

While insulation might not raise your home value in a visible way, like fresh landscaping or a new kitchen does, an insulated home is more energy efficient and creates a small return on the investment by lowering  heating and cooling bills. You can learn more about creating energy efficient homes in our recent article.

A fully insulated house needs about half the heating of an uninsulated house. Energy efficient homes reduces waste of valuable energy resources and lowers the cost of your power bills.

Adding good insulation to your house is sure fire way to increase its value and make it easier to sell.  To find out more about insulating your home, contact us for an assessment.

Different Insulation Types

We’ve mentioned before how insulation helps to reduce energy costs and keeps your home more comfortable. However, insulation comes in many different types, shapes and sizes. It can be tempting to think that putting in some insulation will be a magic bullet, but it’s actually more complicated than that. In this article we take a look at some of the main insulation types available in New Zealand.

What insulation types are available?

1. Batting & Segment insulation types (Fibreglass, Wool, Polyester):

Batting comes in sheets and rolls to be cut and placed into wall and roof cavities and under floors. It’s difficult to install in walls, except during construction. It can also release inhalant microfibres that cause respiratory issues. It compresses fairly easily which can reduce its effectiveness over time. While it can be installed DIY, we always recommend having a professional install insulation products. Poor installation reduce product effectiveness and cause other issues in your home.

2. Loose-fill (fibreglass and cellulose): 

Loose-fill is blown into cavities to create a layer that settles. It’s lightweight, so great for unreinforced ceilings and walls, adding insulation but not too much weight. It’s easier to install in tight spaces, especially cavity walls which are notoriously under-insulated. For example, CosyWall insulation is water repellent and made from glasswool making it extremely useful in our New Zealand climate.

3. Structural insulated panels (polystyrene and polyisocyanurate):

Best installed during building, as the panels cannot be squeezed into tight spaces. Offers great insulation, but can work too well, encouraging damp. Panels emit toxic smoke when burned. Polyisocyanurate is a foil-type insulation, which works extremely well, but because it’s a foil barrier, it tends to encourage damp by not allowing any movement of air or moisture at all.

4. Polyurethane spray foam (open-cell and closed-cell):

Sprayed into cavities (requiring minimal access) and expands to fit all available space. Great for cavity walls and tight spaces, and can be installed in new builds or already finished houses. Open-cell stops the movement of air and closed-cell stops the movement of both air and moisture.

While all insulation types have value, we don’t recommend spray foam insulation. This type of insulation is known to contain formaldehyde which can be harmful. Additionally, poor installation of spray foam insulation can lead to future home issues.

Where should insulation be installed?

Ideally your walls, ceilings and floors should all be fully insulated. Fully insulating your home helps to seal its thermal envelope which you can learn more about from our recent article.

Insulation creates a thermal barrier between a hot and cold object that reduces or slows heat transfer by either reflecting thermal radiation or decreasing thermal conduction and convection. The insulation types and materials used in the barrier will determine its effectiveness at slowing or reducing heat transfer. Barriers that conduct heat poorly are good thermal insulators whereas materials that conduct heat well will have low insulating capabilities. This is how thermal insulation works.

So if you want to keep your indoor temperature stable, you need to have a well-insulated home. Warm air can escape through all of your home’s barriers. It’s important to complete the thermal envelope by insulating your ceiling, floor and walls.

For more information contact the team at Absolute Energy today.

poorly insulated roof Living in a poorly insulated house can be dreadful. Houses that are hot and humid in the summer, or bitterly cold in the winter are usually houses with poor insulation. Here are 5 signs that your house may be poorly insulated and some suggestions on how to resolve this issue.

1. You can’t get any relief from heat and humidity during summertime.

This is a problem that many New Zealand homes with poor insulation face. Older homes with metal roofs and poor ceiling insulation often creates an oven like effect in your home. In this situation, your home interior temperature starts to super heat and it can be very hard to try and cool. You’ll know you have a problem when in the middle of a hot summer’s day, it’s cooler outside than inside your home. The best way to fix this issue is to have an assessor come visit your house and give you a home insulation report and consultation for improving the insulation standards inside your home. Check out our recent article if you’re interested in learning more about the basics of thermal insulation.

2. There’s condensation on my windows in the morning and the house feels damp

You should never be waking up to weeping windows or wet carpets. Condensation may seem a natural phenomenon for an older house, but it isn’t. Condensation or dampness is a primarily indication that there is something wrong with the insulation and you may need to fix this. The best thing you can do is have an insulation assessment done for your house. An expert will come out, assess the insulation situation and they will provide recommendations on what can be done to resolve the problem.

3. You can’t get rid of drafts in your house

Is your house so drafty it always feels like there’s an open door? Drafts can be caused by several problems but usually indicate there are gaps in your home’s thermal barrier where air can enter and escape. Damage to your exterior cladding or gaps around windows and doors are know to cause drafts. Older homes suffer with this problem so checking if your insulation has deteriorated is important. Uninsulated walls can add to this problem. Thankfully, there are wall insulation systems available in the market today that are able to fix this problem without having to remove your wall linings. Talk to our team to discuss the insulation options for your home.

4. Your floors are always cold

Older New Zealand homes built on piles left floorboards quite exposed to the outside climate. Coastline homes or houses built on sloping sections may experience this problem. If your floorboards are usually cold, it means the outside air is getting in through the floor of your house and it’s an indicator of poor floor insulation. Specialised insulation blankets installed on the underside of your floorboards will resolve this issue. These insulation blankets help complete your home’s thermal barrier and will help make your home much more livable.

5. Mice or bugs on your property can be a sign of damaged or poor insulation

Are you regularly finding mice, rodents or bugs invading your home? These critters are quite damaging to any existing insulation. This is particularly likely if you live in an older house. The best thing to do is give us a call and we can come out and do an insulation assessment. If necessary we can repair or replace your insulation which will help keep those unwanted critters outside the home.

Summary

If you are experiencing any of these issues or suspect you may be living in a house with poor insulation. We can providing a free home assessment to help provide recommendations on how you can improve your homes insulation. Contact Us today to book your free home assessment and start enjoying the benefits of an insulated home!

Warm Your Home

It’s starting to get colder and if you may be starting to wonder how to warm your home this winter! Colder weather results in colder homes, which can affect our health. It’s important to start thinking about how to protect you and your family from cold’s, flu’s, and other nasties this winter – including how to keep your home warm to help reduce the risks of catching those winter woes.

Here’s some top tips to warm your home for this winter.

1. LET THE SUNLIGHT IN DURING THE DAY

While many winter days may be rainy and cloudy, we often see winter days with the sun out and shining. Even on cold days, the sun is still warm. So once the sun is up, capture in that free heat by opening up your curtains and letting that sunshine in before you leave your house in the mornings.

2. MAKE USE OF YOUR CURTAINS

Like opening up your curtains during the day, it’s important to shut them as soon as it gets dark. Curtains act as another layer of insulation to keep warmth and dryness in your rooms. If you don’t have quality curtains, and are thinking of replacing them – think about getting ‘thermal’ curtains which are best at keeping the warmth in.

3. REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE FOR WARMTH

Every room has a warmer and colder point depending on where your windows and doors are positioned. You will feel warmer if you position yourself closer to the inside of the house, because your cold, external walls are further away. Or perhaps your sofa is currently near a window. In this case, you may feel warmer if you move your sofa to a position in the room where it’s further away from your windows and doors. Think about practical ways you can rearrange your furniture to maximise warmth within your home.

4. SEAL YOUR LEAKS AND HOLES

Ever noticed that cool draft in your home that comes out of nowhere? That’s often due to leaks through windows, doors, basements, and other spots in the house. Walk around your home to figure out where that draft is coming from, and seal it. Windows and doors are best solved with spray foam insulation, and other holes can be blocked by caulk.

Drafts in the home can also be a sign of an uninsulated house – read our recent article about the signs of a poorly insulated house.

5. LAYER YOUR WOODEN FLOORS

Architecture Now states that 10% of heat is lost through wooden floors. If you’ve got wooden floors in your home, it’s a good idea to make use of rugs to keep your rooms warmer. If you want to go the extra mile, opting for carpet can do wonders in making your home feel warmer and cosier.

6. MAXIMISE YOUR INSULATION

It’s estimated that homes without sufficient insulation lose 42% of its heat through the roof, 24% through its walls, and 10% through the floors. That is a huge amount of heat loss! While you may think your home is insulated, we often find customers don’t realise they’re missing wall insulation, or that their ceiling insulation has degraded over time.

To ensure your home is warm this winter, it’s time to assess your current insulation. One of friendly team can help assess the insulation in your home, and make necessary adjustments to improve your insulation. Contact us today to learn more!