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Create an energy efficient home

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a global movement to reduce our dependance on fossil fuels and move to clean energy sources. New Zealand is seeing a high rate of adoption in electric vehicles and we’re making great strides to move to clean energy produced by solar, wind and hydro. Because the cost of living is so high, New Zealanders are also looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient.

In today’s article going to tackle how you can address one of your biggest household expenses – the cost of heating and cooling your home and how to turn your home into an energy efficient home.

Why is heating and cooling your home so expensive?

A big contributing factor to your household expenses relates to how you heat and cool your home. Running your heater or fan uses a lot of electricity and in typical kiwi households, heating or cooling tends to account for a good sum of the electric bill.

One of the reason’s may kiwi homes are difficult and expensive to heat is that they are poorly insulated. Many older New Zealand homes were built at a time where insulation standards were low. Some insulation products are known to deteriorate over time which will lower its thermal efficiency.

Fully insulating your home helps to seal its thermal envelope so it’s important to install roof, floor and wall insulation. You can read more about your home’s thermal envelope here, however poor insulation can leave gaps where air can easily escape from your home, making it difficult and costly to maintain a constant temperature. Additionally, this means that any effort put into heating or cooling is quickly lost.

Some obvious signs of a poorly insulated home include:

  • Cold drafts
  • General dampness
  • Condensation on windows
  • Mould growth
  • Difficulty heating or cooling your home

Insulating your home helps seal all the gaps where air can escape from your house. This completes your home’s thermal envelope and means less energy and effort is required to heat and cool your home. Not only does insulating your home make it warmer and dryer, but it also saves on your power bills and helps create an energy efficient home.

Insulation Funding Options

Funding options to create an energy efficient home

Today, there are a lot of funding options which can help turn your home into an energy efficient one. We’re not going to cover every option available but we are going to cover a few of the main ones below.

EECA Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme.

Firstly, we want to talk about the Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme from EECA. EECA (Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority) is a government department that focuses on improving energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. The programme is available nationwide and provides grants for eligible homes. A grant can cover up to 80% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation. In some situations it may be possible to access other community funding sources which means the cost may be even lower than this

Absolute Energy are an EECA partner so can help guide you through the process of applying for a grant. To see if your eligible or if you want help applying for a grant contact us today.

ANZ Bank Good Energy Home Loan

Secondly, ANZ Bank has recently launched their ANZ Good Energy Home Loan. This provides a top up loan to property owners who already have their home loans with ANZ. The loan provides up to an $80,000 top up at 1% per annum to help create an energy efficient home. The loan can be used to improve or upgrade insulation, ventilation and even solar .

You can learn more about the ANZ Good Energy Home Loan here.

Westpac Bank

Similarly, Westpac announced a new interest-free Westpac Warm Up loan allowing you to invest in upgrading your home insulation. This interest-free loan provides access to up to $40,000 NZD for 5 years. The loan can be used for in insulation, ventilation, double glazing and solar systems.

If you already have a home loan with Westpac, this is a great way to improve your homes energy efficiency. You can find out more about the Westpac Warm Up loans here.

Discuss insulating your home with Absolute Energy

Absolute Energy have been warming up Kiwi homes for more than 20 years. Today, we are one of the most trusted insulation providers in NZ, so you can be sure your home will be in safe hands. If you’re interested in insulating your home and want to explore funding options then give send us a message or give us a call today on 0800 423 454.

So you’ve made a decision to renovate your home and you’re looking for some home renovation ideas. One of the questions you should be asking is – What renovations will add the most resale value? In this answer we help answer that question by providing our top 5 home renovation ideas that will add great value to your home. Let’s get started.

Home Renovation Ideas for your Bathroom

When it comes to home renovation ideas, you should absolutely start with the bathroom.

Having a quality bathroom is one of the top consideration’s buyers have when looking to purchase a house. A bathroom makeover can turn a small pokey space into a beautiful and functional room. Updating to modern tiles and replacing the fixtures and fittings can help transform the bathroom into one of elegance and class. Investing a little into a few smart choices can quickly add tens of thousands to the value of your home.

Remodel the kitchen to turn it into the heart of the home.

In many older New Zealand homes, the kitchen design and location was often an afterthought. The kitchen was often separated from the main living with limited workspaces and storage areas. Today, the kitchen has become the heart of so many homes and buyers look for large, sprawling kitchens connected with open plan living areas.

Remodeling your kitchen has so many benefits. A great, functional kitchen design will often lead to cooking more meals at home and helps create a central hub for family and friends to enjoy lots of laughter and deep conversations.

Not only does a modern help with the resale value of your home, but it will likely also attract more interest that will help sell your home quicker.

Think about creating multi-use spaces.

The next in our list of home renovation ideas is the creation of multi-use spaces. The garage is a perfect example of a room that can be turned into a multi-use space. Many families no longer park their cars in the garage, instead using the space as a rumpus or guest room.

If you want to turn your garage into an extra bedroom or living room, or perhaps a work from home space, renovating the garage can increase the value of your property so it warrants spending a little more to make the space liveable.

Home Renovation Ideas for your garage

Don’t forget to add solar panels to your list of home renovation ideas.

With an increased demand on New Zealand’s energy, the power bills are likely to continue to increase over the coming years. Adding solar panels allow you to generate your own electricity which will be great to charge your new EV!

The upfront cost of installing solar panels will rapidly pay for itself over time and is a great long term investment for your property that will also help with its resale value.

Insulating your home – Probably one of the easiest ways to improve  your home’s resale value.

Many older New Zealand homes have poor insulation standards which makes it cold and difficult to heat at the best of times. Houses that have poor insulation can also lead to a number of health issues or other structural problems with your home due to dampness and mould.

It’s worth topping up your old insulation and adding insulation to your walls as part of your renovations. Not only will this make your home easier to heat and cool, but it will also help make your home more energy efficient which is great for saving on the power bills!

If you’d like to know more about home insulation or would like to arrange a free assessment you can contact us here. We’d be happy to have a chat about your specific home and see how we can help improve its insulation.

Keeping your family healthy

Winter is here and no doubt you are wanting to keep your family healthy and well! In this. article, we cover a few ways you can prepare your home for the winter and ensure you avoid those viruses!

Good insulation and an efficient heating system can go a long way in keeping your home warm and dry and your family healthy.

Insulate to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills!

Insulation is a great solution for keeping your house dry and healthy and, overall, comfortable to live in. An uninsulated house can lead to many health issues caused by mould growth, condensation and dampness. Fully insulating your home ensures your thermal envelope is closed. This means your home will be easier to heat in the winter and will help reduce your overall energy bills.

While most homes have insulation in the ceiling or floors, many New Zealand homes do not have adequate wall insulation. A lack of wall insulation can account for over 33% of your home’s energy loss so it is important to address this issue. A blown or injected insulation product like CosyWall Insulation is easy to install and doesn’t require the removal of linings.

Keep your family healthy by ensuring your home is moisture-free

A damp home can be bitterly cold in the winter and lead to several health issues for your family. Too much moisture in your home can cause damage to your floor coverings and walls and can even damage your furniture and clothes. Make every effort to eliminate moisture from your home by following these simple steps.

– Dry your washing on a clothesline when you can

– If you have to use a dryer, make sure it is vented outside.

– Have shorter showers and make sure your extractor fan is left on for a few minutes after you finish.

– Leave a window open in your bathroom for extra ventilation while in use.

– Use lids on your pots and pans when in use. This stops extra steam and moisture escaping while you’re cooking.

– Have a heat pump installed. Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than traditional gas or oil heaters and don’t release moisture into the air.

– Regularly wipe down your windows and walls if you notice condensation forming.

– Open your windows and doors for a few minutes each day to let fresh air in and ventilate your rooms without extraction fans.

– Keep mattresses off the floor by ensuring they have a base.

Practice good hygiene to keep your family healthy.

There is no substitute for good hygiene as a defence against viruses and bugs. Hand washing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stop the spread of germs. Use warm water and lots of soap and make sure you’re scrubbing long enough. Make sure you have fresh towels and make sure your hands are dry after washing.

Keep your family healthy by washing hands

Stock up on fresh fruit and veggies

Yes, a healthy diet is of paramount importance to bolstering your immune system. Winter is one of these times where desserts and comfort foods are in high demand but make sure you keep a balanced diet. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables during winter will provide that added defence necessary to help your family healthy once the cold sets in.

A healthy family is a well rested family – make sure they’re getting plenty of sleep!

A great nights sleep helps you stay positive and stress-free. Getting into bed at a reasonable time and ensuring an uninterrupted sleep is a sure-fire way to stay healthy. Don’t forget to regularly wash your sheets and make sure your rooms are dry, well-insulated and dust-free. Keeping a healthy bedroom is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and well this coming winter.

how thermal insulation works So the school holidays are just around the corner and we’ve thought of a great way to keep the kids entertained for a day! Here’s a science experiment that will help the kids learn about how thermal insulation works.

How thermal insulation works

What do you do in the middle of winter when it starts to get cold? Most people would turn on a heater, put on an extra layer of clothes and snuggle up under a comfy blanket. If you’re going outside you’ll put on a jacket but have you ever considered why and how a jacket helps you keep warm?

In this activity, we’re going to demonstrate how thermal insulation works and help you find the best way to keep warm this winter!

Here’s a few basic principals to understand about thermal insulation

Heat is just a form of energy. To heat something up, for example a hot chocolate, you’ll use energy from your microwave or electric jug. This energy comes in the form of electricity or gas. Once you’re drink is nice and hot it immediately starts loosing heat. The longer you wait, the cooler it gets.

This is due to a phenomenon called heat transfer. This is where the flow of energy, in this case, heat, starts to flow from one object to another. The rule is that heat energy is always transferred from the hotter object to the colder one. In this example, the heat from the hot chocolate is being transferred out of the cup and into its surrounding air which is usually going to be colder than the drink.

Once both objects reach the same temperature the heat transfer will stop. This type of heat transfer in liquids or gases is called convection.

Another type of heat transfer is known as conduction. In this energy moves through a substance from one particle to another. A good example of conduction is when you put a pot on the stove, the pot and handle start to heat up.

Finally, heat can also be transferred through radiation. If you’ve sat around a bonfire before, you’ll know that the fire gives off a lot of heat. Although you’re not touching the fire, you feel the heat as it radiates out from the fire, even if it’s a really cold evening.

So how do you keep your hot chocolate warm?

So let’s return to your cup of hot chocolate. If you want to keep your drink nice and hot you might be interested to know how to reduce or slow heat transfer so the drink stays hot and the answer is thermal insulation.

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 type of insulation material 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.

In this experiment you will test which materials make good and bad thermal insulators. Here are the materials you’ll need for the experiment

What you’ll need

  • Several glass jars and lids
  • Tape
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Bubble Wrap
  • A wood scarf or other wool clothes
  • Paper
  • Hot water from a tap
  • A thermometer
  • A fridge
  • A timer
  • Paper for writing
  • A pen or pencil

Preparation

Are you ready to learn how thermal insulation works? Let’s get started!

  • Cut a piece of the aluminum foil, the bubble wrap and the paper (have an adult help if necessary). Each piece should be large enough to fit three times around the sides of the glass jar.
  • Take the piece of aluminum foil and wrap it around the sides of one of the jars. You should have three layers of foil around the glass jar. Use the tape to attach the foil to the jar.
  • Next, wrap another jar with the bubble wrap so that the glass is also covered in three layers. Make sure to tape the bubble wrap onto the jar.
  • Use the cut paper to wrap a third jar in three layers of paper. Once again, attach the paper to the glass jar.
  • Take another glass jar and wrap the scarf or other wool fabric around the jar. Only make three layers of wrapping and make sure that the scarf stays attached to the jar.
  • Leave the last jar without any wrapping. This will be your control.

Procedure

  • Fill each jar with the same amount of hot water from your faucet.
  • Use the thermometer to measure the temperature in each jar. Put your finger inside the water of each jar (use caution if your tap water is very hot)how does the temperature of the water feel?
  • Write down the temperature for each jar and close the lids. Are all the temperatures the same or are there differences? How big are the differences?
  • Open your fridge and put all the five jars inside. Make sure they are still securely wrapped. Feel the temperature of the fridge—what does its temperature feel like?
  • Put the thermometer in the fridge. What temperature does the thermometer read when you put it into the fridge?
  • Once all the jars are in the fridge, close the fridge door and set your timer to 10 minutes. What do you think will happen with the jars and the hot water during that time?
  • After 10 minutes open the fridge and take all the jars outside. Do the jars feel different?
  • Open each jar, one at a time, and measure the water temperature with your thermometer. Also, feel the temperature with your finger. Did the temperature change? How did it change according to the thermometer?
  • Repeat measuring the temperature for each jar and write down the temperature for each wrapping material. Did the temperature in each jar change the same way? Which wrapping material resulted in the lowest temperature change, and which resulted in the biggest?
  • For a better comparison, calculate the temperature difference from the beginning and end of the test for each jar (temperature beginning versus temperature after 10 minutes in fridge). From your results, can you tell which material is the best or weakest thermal insulator?

A few extras

  • Extra: Will temperatures continue to change in a similar way for each material? You can close each jar again and put them back into the fridge for another 10 minutes. Are the results different this time or the same?
  • Extra: Does the water temperature change the same in the fridge as in the freezer or at room temperature? Repeat the test, but this time instead of putting the glass jars into the fridge, put them into the freezer or keep them at room temperature. How much does the temperature of the water change within 10 minutes? Do the different wrapping materials behave differently?
  • Extra: Try to find other materials that you think are good or bad thermal insulators and test them. Which material works the best? Can you think of a reason why?
  • Extra: If you take the jars out of the fridge after 10 minutes, you probably still measure a temperature difference between the water inside the jar and the temperature inside the fridge. You can keep the glass jars longer in the fridge and measure their temperature every 15 to 30 minutes. How long does it take until the temperature of the water doesn’t change anymore? What is the end temperature of the water inside the glass?
  • Extra: Besides choosing the right insulator material, what are other ways to improve thermal insulation? Repeat this test with only one wrapping material. This time change the thickness of your insulating layer. Do you find a correlation between thickness of insulation layer and temperature change in the fridge?

Observations and Results

Did your hot water cool down significantly during the 10 minutes inside the fridge? Although the fridge temperature is very low, your hot water has a high temperature. As heat energy flows from the hot object to the cold object, the heat energy from your hot water will be transferred to the surrounding cold air inside the fridge once you put the glass jars inside.

Why did this happen?

The most significant mechanism of heat transfer in this case is convection, which means that the air just next to the hot jar is warmed up by the hot water. Then, the warm air is replaced with cold air, which is also warmed up. At the same time, the cold air cools down the water inside the jar. The heat of the hot water is transported away by the flow of cold air around the cup. If you left the jars in the fridge long enough, you might have observed that the temperature changes until the hot water reaches the temperature inside the fridge. Without a temperature difference between the water and the fridge, the heat transfer will stop.

Heat loss through conduction

Heat from the water is also lost through conduction: the transfer of heat through the material, which is dependent on the thermal conductivity of the material itself. The glass jar can conduct heat relatively well. You notice that when you touch the glass jar with the hot water the glass feels hot as well.

What effect did the different wrapping materials have? You should have noticed that with wrapping materials, the temperature of the water after 10 minutes inside the fridge was higher compared to the unwrapped control. Why? Wrapping the glass jar reduces the heat transfer from the hot water to the cold air inside the fridge. Using wrapping materials that have a very low thermal conductivity reduces the heat loss through conduction. At the same time the insulator can also disrupt or reduce the flow of cold air around the glass jar, which results in less heat loss via convection.

Some final thoughts

One way of reducing convection is creating air pockets around the jar, for example, by using insulators such as bubble wrap, fabric or wool, which have a lot of air pockets. Air in general is a good thermal insulator, but it can transmit heat through convection. However, if the air pockets inside the insulating material are separated from each other, heat flow from one air pocket to another cannot happen easily.

This is the reason why you should have measured the highest temperature in the bubble-wrapped jar and fabric-wrapped jar. This also explains why most of our clothes are made of fabrics and why you stay warmer when you put on an extra jacket. Paper and foil make it easier for the heat to escape because they don’t have many air pockets.

Now that you have some understanding about how thermal insulation works it should give you a better understanding of why home’s need to be insulated. Roof, floor and wall insulation are all very important to keeping you and your family warm during winter!

We hope you enjoyed learning how thermal insulation works!

If you’re waking up in the morning to cold wet walls, this may be due to condensation issues developing in your home. Condensation build-up in your home is usually a good indication that your home’s walls are not well insulated. If wet or damp walls are not addressed quickly, this can lead to black mould developing inside the home which in turn can damage your walls and furniture and seriously affect the health and wellbeing of your family. In this article, we are going to look at what causes condensation and steps you can take to deal with the issue.

What causes condensation issues in my home?

Condensation issues start to occur when warm air and cold air meet. It can also occur when there is a lot of humidity in the air and not enough ventilation. It’s most evident in the winter months which tends to be caused from the efforts to keep your house warm. Everyday activities such as cooking, showering, and drying clothes can also release moisture into the air which can also lead to a build-up of condensation in the home.

For older New Zealand homes, there may be many breaks in your home’s thermal barrier which allows air in and out of your home. When the inside warm air starts mixing with the outside cold air it cools down quickly, releasing the water molecules from the air. These turn into liquid droplets that attach themselves to cold surfaces such as your walls and develop into condensation.

Condensation tends to be less of an issue during the summer months. During this time we’re always opening the windows and doors to let fresh air in. Good airflow keeps the home ventilated and dry. In the winter months, we typically keep all the windows and doors closed. This means the cold air doesn’t come inside but prevents good ventilation which can cause condensation to quickly develop. While most houses have extractor fans in the bathrooms, these small fans are usually not enough to keep the entire house ventilated, and when the outside air temperature starts to drop you can start to notice wet or damp walls.

While a little bit of water may not sound like a major issue, if left unattended, it can create the perfect environment for black mould to grow which can lead to several health issues including respiration problems, skin rashes, and sore or itchy eyes.

What can you do to fix condensation issues in the home?

Luckily, There are some simple steps you can take to fix your condensation problems. The first thing you want to do is prevent the outside air from getting into your home. There could be several weak points in your home contributing to this issue including:

  • Gaps around the windows and doors in your home
  • Poor insulation in your walls, underfloor, or roof
  • Leaks in your roof
  • Damage to your homes cladding
  • Poor ventilation in your home

Damage to your home’s cladding or structure creates weathertight issues and should immediately addressed. Homes exposed to the harsh climate for an extended duration can lead to an expensive repairs and numerous health issues.

You could also invest in better extractor fans and/or a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. In most situations however, the underlying issue related to condensation build-up is either poor or no insulation.

Insulation is the best answer to this issue

Insulating your home is the single best thing you can do for your family’s health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, New Zealand homes usually only have the minimum standards of insulation. We find most homes have a little insulation in the roof and floor but usually none insulation in the walls. Insulation provides a barrier that keeps the outside air temperature out and the inside temperature in. Heat easily escapes from a home that lacks good wall insulation. Insulation your walls helps close your home’s thermal envelope which helps permanently fix condensation issues in your home.

Insulation products like CosyWall Insulation can be easily blown into the walls of your home without having to remove the linings. An installer pumps the insulation through small holes in your exterior cladding. The insulation is blown at a high density so that it will never shrink or slump inside the walls. CosyWall Insulation also comes with a 50-year durability rating so the insulation will last the life of the home.

Talk to the team at Insultech Insulation today about organising a free home assessment for your property.

Insulating Your Walls

Why is wall insulation important and should you be considering insulating your walls?

So you may have seen an ad on TV or online about wall insulation. If you’re considering insulating your walls, then there are a few things we should cover first.

To start, most New Zealand houses built before the 1990s had very poor insulation standards. Builders were required to install minimum levels of roof and underfloor insulation however wall insulation was often overlooked. This lack of wall insulation created a gap in the thermal envelope of many New Zealand homes, making them difficult and costly to keep warm.

Just imagine trying to stay warm on a winter’s day without wearing a Jacket! This is the same principle when thinking about fully insulating your home. Uninsulated walls leave gaps where warm air can easily escape your home and this is why you should consider insulating your walls.

Recognising the importance of well-insulated homes, the government has implemented many initiatives to improve insulation standards in existing and new homes.

So what’s the first step to start insulating your walls?

So most older kiwi homes usually have weatherboard or brick cladding. While there are some homes that use other cladding options, we’re going to focus on these two to start with.

In the situation where your home’s cladding is brick or weatherboard, insulating your walls becomes a fairly straightforward process. There are many blown wall insulation products available such as CosyWall Insulation that can be easily installed through the exterior walls of your house.

Sometimes it may be necessary to install insulation from the inside of the home instead. This may be the case if you’re using brittle cladding products or access from the exterior is difficult.

If installing wall insulation from the inside, you can use either a traditional batts product or a blown insulation product. Blown wall insulation is the preferred option and can be installed without the removal of the linings. Many of our customers time installing wall insulation with a renovation project to create minimum disruption to your home life.

Installing insulation is a specialised task and using a qualified installer is important. Installing insulation yourself is not recommend as incorrectly installed products can lead to house issues and poor product performance.

Does insulating your walls really make a difference?

Yes, absolutely! We’ve had countless stories from clients who can’t believe the difference wall insulation makes to their lives.

Have a look at this testimony from Steve and Emma in Wakefield

Homes become easier to heat in the winter and keep cool in the summer. Homes with wall insulation are typically more energy-efficient, which means savings on energy bills and heating costs. There are also acoustic benefits from insulating your walls and dampening noise transfer both inside and outside your home.

Insulating your walls is a one-time investment that provides ongoing benefits for the life of your home.

How can you tell if your home already has wall insulation?

The best way to work out if your home has wall insulation is to give us a call. Absolute Energy provide a free home assessment to figure out what your current insulation situation is. Our team does an investigation and provides recommendations on how to improve your insulation.

Insulating your walls is a great long term investment – Here’s what you need to know about wall insulation. Contact us today to book your free home assessment!

If you’re thinking about insulating your home then you may have a few questions about which insulation products to buy. In this article, we discuss our most frequently asked questions when it comes to choosing the right home insulation products.

1. I’m upgrading my ceiling insulation, do I need to remove my old insulation?

In short, no. Even if you’re house has old insulation, it will still be providing some benefit. An R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of the material. Because your old product still has some value, you can choose to remove it or add the new product over the top. We can advise you as to the condition of your existing insulation following our initial assessment and go from there.

2. How long does installing home insulation take?

Our installer team are highly experienced and know how to efficiently install insulation in your home. Depending on how large your home is, and the type of insulation you’ve chosen the process can usually be completed in 1 to 2 days. We can generally work around your schedule to ensure minimum disruption while the installation is underway.

3. I have foil in my house – do I need to remove this?

A ban on retrofitting or repairing foil insulation in residential properties came into force in 2016. Foil conducts electricity and could become live if it comes in contact with electrical wiring. The ban reduces safety risks and helps to protect homes and installers. Potentially, this could enliven the entire underfloor of a building.

While foil does help to reflect heat back into the house, there are more effective, safer options available. It’s best to safely remove the foil when upgrading your insulation to optimise the performance of the new product and to eliminate the hazard once and for all.

Learn more about the ban of foil here.

4. How do I choose the right home insulation?

Choosing Home Insulation can be a bit of a daunting task and selecting the wrong product can be expensive and ineffective. Absolute Energy have our own showroom where you can come and discuss the different types of insulation products with an expect. We can help explain the differences between wool, batts, segments and blown insulation and help you select the most effective product for your home. Contact us if you’d like more information about home insulation or feel free to visit our showroom!

5. What is the difference between blown and batt insulation?

To sum up, it’s hard to pick a winner between batts vs blown insulation because the reality is that both these products have a place in the market. Each home is different and it’s important that you choose the right product for the type of house you’re insulating. Absolute Energy provide a free home assessment and can provide recommendations and advice about selecting batts vs blown insulation.

Learn more about the difference between blown and batts home insulation in our recent article.

prepare your home for winterIs your home prepared for the rainy, cold, and wet New Zealand winter? Absolute Energy provides a quick and easy solution to fill your walls, floor and roof with insulation before the colder months set in. Insulation is a cost-effective way to keep your home warm with winter approaching fast. Here are some tips and extra things you can do to get your home prepared for this winter. Starting with a good quality insulation is the best way to keep the heat in during winter.

Insulation will keep you warm this winter

Does your home have little or no insulation, making it cold, damp and expensive to heat? Insulate you’re home before the cold months set in and keep your home warm this winter. Insulating your walls, floor and roof cavities keeps your home warm by creating a thermal barrier. This slows down the heat transfer from inside to outside, keeping your home warm this winter. In cold climates insulation slows the heat from leaving your home, allowing the money you spend on heating to really pay off and keep your home warm for longer.

Other ways to prepare your home for winter

Here are a few other ways to prepare your home before winter hits. Going around your home and fixing up anything that might cause your home to become damaged over the colder months will ensure you can stay warm and comfortable. Preparing in advance helps you to tackle the harsh weather of winter before it hits.

  • Check your home’s heating systems
  • Clean your gutters and drainage
  • Seal your window and door air leaks
  • Cover up and secure your outdoor furniture
  • Trim down any trees that may cause damage to your home

Ensure a healthier home this winter

As June approaches, start preparing your home before the worst of the winter weather hits. Make sure your home will be sheltered and well heated. This can help save you money on heating this winter. Insulating your home will keep you protected this winter, keeping you and your family safe. With fewer risks of colds and other respiratory illnesses as well as visits to the doctor or days off work. With New Zealand’s ever-changing weather, insulation can provide your home with constant warmth. Insulation creates a pleasant environment, a warmer and healthier home for you to enjoy this winter.

home insulationAbsolute Energy provides insulation for all areas of your home, wall, floor and roof. By fully insulating your home, you can be assured your home will have comfort year-round. Less money will be spent trying to heat and cool your home. Here are all the areas of insulation we provide to keep your home at a more consistent and comfortable temperature.

Wall insulation

Wall insulation reduces the amount of heat loss, resulting in lower energy bills. One of the most important factors when insulating your home is wall insulation. Particularly since an estimated 30-40% of the heat in your home is lost through the walls.

Not only does wall insulation help with reduced energy but with reduced noise levels and condensation making your home more comfortable year-round. Without wall insulation, air can easily escape through the walls of your home. This means any effort you put into heating or cooling your home can be quickly lost, making it difficult and expensive to maintain a comfortable inside temperature.

Floor insulation

Insulating your floors is an important part of sealing your homes thermal envelope. It is a huge opportunity to lower power bills. By installing floor insulation, you can prevent cold air from entering your home through the floor. In most newer homes underfloor insulation is taken care of as part of the slab design, however many older homes built on piles lack a proper insulation barrier under the house.

Poor underfloor insulation means air can easily escape through the floors of your home, making it difficult to heat and cool your home. Absolute Energy installs polyester insulation blankets underside of your home to help seal this area of your thermal barrier. It’s a quick and easy process and makes an enormous difference to your home environment.

Roof insulation

Roof insulation helps to control your home’s temperature by slowing the transfer of heat out of your home. Fully insulating your roof cavity slows down the transfer of heat between your living space and the outside world, creating a warmer home in winter and a cooler one in summer. Your ceiling is probably the single most important area of your house to insulate.

There are several different insulation products and materials available for New Zealand homes. Absolute Energy works to determine the best product for your roof. Some of the products we can use includes insulation batts. Or we may opt for a loose-fill or wool blown insulation product, depending on what’s the right fit for your home. We can provide a free home assessment to determine which product is most suitable for your roof.

sound proof with insulationAbsolute energy uses CosyWall Insulation which is designed to insulate the walls of your home while reducing noise transfer. It provides both acoustic and thermal insulation to the existing wall cavities and is installed without the cost and hassle of removing the internal linings of your home. Creating a calmer and quieter home environment.

Installing acoustic insulation

Installation is done through small holes in the external cladding or through small holes in the internal lining of your home. The insulation is then blown into the cavities. Whether your home is new, old, still in the building process or a renovation, acoustic insulation can easily be installed. The result is high-quality insulation and less noise transfer within your home.

Acoustic Insulation includes materials such as

    • Wool
    • fibre glass
    • Polyester

Acoustic insulation with these materials can help to effectively absorb sound though it’s fibres. Acoustic insulation works as a substance that stops noise transfer from both inside rooms as well as outside noise. This can be important for keeping your home peaceful. Having a quiet indoor area can benefit you and your family for many reasons such as reducing your stress. It makes it easier to focus on work and allows for better communication.

how sound waves work

Sound waves work when an object vibrates, causing movement in the surrounding air molecules. A chain reaction of bumping molecules creates sound waves. With insulation these vibrations can slow as the insulation acts as a muffler against any unwanted noises that may be present in your home. By filling your wall cavities with a quality insulation, it will absorb the unwanted noises. In some homes that are uninsulated and with material such as aluminium you can hear your next-door Neighbour’s parties or the TV going on in the living room this is due to this substance being a carrier for sound waves. However, with wall insulation in your walls, floor and floor this reduces unwanted noises due to the absorption of the materials.

Acoustic insulation provides a quick solution

If you’ve had enough of loud traffic, outside noises or any other unwanted noise. Acoustic insulation is designed to reduce noise transferring from room to room making your home a quiet and comfortable space. Absolute energy provides a quick solution and leaves your home a more peaceful place to come home to.