Poor Insulation can impact your and long-term health


Many New Zealand homes suffer from poor insulation or lack thereof.  If you’re living in an uninsulated home, this can have a major impact on your general health and wellbeing. From allergic reactions to long-term health issues, the consequences of living in a poorly insulated home cannot be overstated.

Allergic Reactions

Poor insulation allows allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and mould to enter the home and accumulate indoors. These allergens thrive in damp and poorly ventilated environments, which are common in homes with inadequate insulation. As a result, occupants may experience allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, itching, and watery eyes, particularly during seasons when allergen levels are high. Over time, exposure to allergens can heighten existing allergies and trigger new ones, leading to discomfort and reduced quality of life.

Respiratory Issues

In addition to allergic reactions, poor insulation can contribute to respiratory issues and existing conditions such as asthma. Damp and mouldy conditions resulting from poor insulation provide an ideal environment for mould growth, which releases spores and mycotoxins into the air. Inhalation of these airborne particles can irritate the respiratory tract, leading to symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollutants can worsen respiratory conditions and increase the risk of respiratory infections and other respiratory illnesses.

Long-Term Health Implications

Chronic exposure to damp, mould, and indoor air pollutants can have long-term effects on overall health as well, contributing to the development of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and certain cancers. Furthermore, inadequate insulation can lead to discomfort and sleep disturbances, impacting mental health and well-being over time.

The Importance of Quality Insulation

Investing in quality insulation is essential for homeowners seeking to protect their families health. Proper insulation creates a barrier against allergens, moisture, and indoor air pollutants, helping to maintain a clean, dry, and healthy indoor environment. By sealing gaps and cracks in the building envelope, insulation prevents the infiltration of outdoor allergens and maintains optimal indoor air quality. Additionally, well-insulated homes are more energy-efficient, reducing the need for heating and cooling systems and therefore enhancing indoor comfort and health.

By investing in quality insulation solutions from Absolute Energy, homeowners can create a healthier, more comfortable living environment and safeguard their long-term health and well-being. We’re dedicated to helping homeowners across New Zealand achieve optimal indoor air quality and enjoy the benefits of a well-insulated home.