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 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.