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Improving Respiratory Health: The Role of Insulation in Reducing Cold and Illness Risks

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Winter is just about here, and with it often come seasonal colds and respiratory health issues. The chilly temperatures and damp conditions can make our homes susceptible to moisture build up, creating an environment where bacteria and viruses thrive. However, there is good news: proper insulation can significantly reduce the risk of colds and respiratory illnesses, making your home a healthier place to live.


The Impact of Living in Older, Uninsulated New Zealand Homes

Many people living in older, uninsulated New Zealand homes often find themselves facing respiratory health issues or falling sick frequently. These homes lack adequate insulation, allowing cold air to seep in and dampness to accumulate. The combination of cold and moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for mould, mildew, and other harmful allergens Learn more about how insulation prevents moisture and mould build up in our recent article.

For this reason, these homes struggle to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, leading to occupants relying heavily on inefficient heating methods. This can result in higher energy consumption, increased moisture retention, and poor air quality, all of which contribute to respiratory health problems.


How Insulation Works in Keeping the House Warm, Dry, and Energy Efficient

Insulation plays a vital role in keeping your house warm, dry, and energy-efficient, particularly during the winter months. It acts as a barrier against cold air infiltration, preventing drafts and maintaining a more consistent indoor temperature. By reducing home heat loss, insulation keeps your home cosy and comfortable.

Additionally, insulation helps to create a dry environment by preventing moisture condensation and reducing the likelihood of dampness. This drier atmosphere inhibits the growth of mould, mildew, and other allergens that can trigger respiratory issues. A well-insulated home also reduces the risk of structural damage caused by moisture-related issues.

Not only does insulation improve the overall comfort of your home, but it also plays a crucial role in energy efficiency. By minimising heat loss, insulation allows your heating system to work more effectively, reducing energy consumption and lowering utility bills.


The Benefits of Fully Insulating Your Home for Respiratory Health

Fully insulating your home brings a range of benefits, with a significant focus on improving respiratory health. By addressing heat loss and moisture build up, insulation helps create a healthier indoor environment that reduces the risk of colds and respiratory illnesses.

Key benefits include:

– Reduced moisture accumulation: Proper insulation reduces the likelihood of excess moisture, preventing the growth of mould, mildew, and dust mites that can trigger allergies and respiratory issues.

– Enhanced indoor air quality: Insulation helps to filter out airborne pollutants and allergens, improving the overall air quality within your home and reducing respiratory irritation.

– Consistent temperature control: A well-insulated home maintains a more stable and comfortable temperature, minimising the stress on the respiratory system caused by constant temperature fluctuations.


Improving Home Insulation: Booking a Free Home Assessment with Absolute Energy

If you suspect that your home may be poorly insulated, it’s important to take action. Absolute Energy offers a free home assessment to evaluate your insulation need. An assessor will come to look at your property, and recommend the best insulation solutions for your home. We advise on your current insulation levels, identify areas of improvement, and costings on upgrading your existing insulation.

Furthermore, homeowners can take advantage of the Warmer Kiwi Homes grant. The grant  provides funding for eligible New Zealand homeowners to improve their insulation.  It’s a great way to create warmer, healthier, and more energy-efficient homes, and makes insulation more accessible.

Don’t let inadequate insulation compromise your respiratory health. Take the necessary steps today to improve your home’s insulation and create a healthier living environment. Book a free home assessment with Absolute Energy to investigate the insulation situation in your home. With our expertise, we can help you transform your house into a warm, dry, and energy-efficient sanctuary.