After a cold Australian winter which saw the majority of the population restricted to their homes, the demand for insulation this summer is already apparent.
The Insulation Craze
The winter period was a tough time for many Australians. They were mostly confined to their own homes, which subsequently meant their energy bills were rising in an effort to keep their homes warm for more hours of the day.
In an article for The Fifth Estate, Felicia Richardson, the CEO of Enviroflex Insulation, supports this notion, as she says the insulation craze has been triggered by lockdowns where people shivered through cold winters and paid expensive bills to heat their homes 24/7.
She states that the “industry has gone crazy”.
As we’re now approaching summer, and with insulation installers back in business, a large number of Australians are looking to insulation as an energy efficient and money saving alternative to stay cool.
Richardson also believes that Australians are generally becoming more educated on insulation.
They are understanding the benefits of insulation from economical, sustainability and comfort perspectives.
After making it through a tough winter, a lot of people are interested in these benefits for the upcoming summer. Because not only can insulation cool your house by 20% or more, but it can save you up to $1,000 per year.
Furthermore, the number of new dwellings and houses being built in Australia continues to be very high, with over 120,000 built in the past year. And of course, with this influx of houses on the market, the demand for insulation naturally increases.
Richardson touches on this idea, as she highlights that in the new build market, government subsidies have also driven a house building boom and subsequently demand for insulation.
Choosing The Right Insulation For The Summer
Any insulation, when installed correctly, will reduce energy consumption for cooling your house and reduce associated carbon emissions. But there still remains the challenge of picking the right insulation for your property this summer.
The three main factors people are considering when looking at insulation options are price, sustainability, and R-value, which is a way of denoting the thermal insulating capacity of the insulation.
In the article for The Fifth Estate, Poppy Johnston notes that the focus is often on price and the R value. However, if constructing a green building is the goal, thermal performance and cost aren’t the only factors to consider.
Judith Schinabeck, a standards and technical manager at GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia), believes there’s a long way to go before the insulation industry achieves true circularity.
There are concerns about contamination and toxicity in some insulation products. Schinabeck says that the fire retardants used in insulation, while important to prevent buildings from igniting and burning down, can also contain toxic chemicals.
All these factors should be considered when choosing an insulation product for your household this summer.
Benefits of Woolcell Insulation
Woolcell insulation is a pump-in material combining natural Australian wool, recycled paper, Borax and Boric acid (natural salts used in everyday household products). Woolcell is both environmentally and user friendly. It provides 100% coverage, is fire retardant and vermin resistant. It reduces mould and has very good acoustic insulation properties.
Benefits of Polyester Insulation
Polyester insulation is the same used in pillows and doonas. It is user friendly and great for allergy or asthma sufferers. Polyester batts are the popular choice for safety and ease of installation. It is also very effective for floor insulation as it copes well with moisture, and odours.
Benefits of Fibreglass Insulation
Fibreglass insulation offers similar short-term benefits. The materials and chemicals used to make fibreglass batts have improved greatly in the past 5-10 years. It’s both moisture-resistant and fire-resistant and is easy to install. It is also a very cost effective option.
Where Should The Insulation Be Installed?
Ultimately it depends on your property. An insulation expert can guide you on the best type of insulation you need and the best location for it. Some products work better in certain locations and situations. Talk to us about what is best for your needs.
No roof insulation, and you could be losing 35% of your cooling capacity. That translates into up to 10 degrees cooler during summer. Added benefits of roof insulation include lower damp conditions and mould and fire protection.
ECO Home Insulation has developed and owns the rights to the exclusive INSULBLOC® wall insulation as well as Polyester and Fibreglass Batts and foils. Wall insulation is a standard requirement in all new homes. Without wall insulation you could be losing 25% of your cooling capacity this summer. Wall insulation manages exposure to extreme weather conditions and protects westerly walls from the heat of the summer sun.
Without good floor insulation you could be losing 10-20% of your cooling capacity. We use thermally-bonded carbon polymers (polyester) to save you money on your energy bills in winter. Floor insulation is environmentally friendly and the perfect option for a house with timber flooring.
Ensure Your Home Stays Cool This Summer With Expert Installers
Richardson states in the article for The Fifth Estate that investing in the skills and abilities of insulation workers to ensure they drive quality outcomes should be a priority in the wake of the ill-fated Home Insulation Program, which made the critical error of assuming that insulation was an unskilled occupation.
At ECO Home Insulation, we know the importance of properly installing insulation. When incorrectly installed, not only will the insulation be less effective in resisting the Australian summer temperatures, but it can actually be a dangerous hazard as well. Our installers are trained and accredited to ensure every house we insulate returns the optimal benefits in terms of cost, comfort and protection.
If you’re looking to keep cool this summer with insulation, talk to the experts at ECO Home Insulation. Our team has over 25 years’ experience in the insulation industry and are more than willing to help find and install the perfect insulation solution for your home.