Why wall insulation is an important component to warm your home

Insulation Information

Having a home that is warm, dry, and comfortable is a top priority for many homeowners. 

Thankfully, with new insulation technology like Insulmax®, it's easier than ever to say goodbye to those chilly, moisture-laden mornings and hello to a warm, dry, healthy home.

But with so many options on the market to upgrade your home, it can be hard to know where to start. 

In this blog, we speak to Barrie Mullins from Insulmax®® Waikato & Bay of Plenty, who offers his inside knowledge on the benefits of wall insulation, why it is an excellent investment for your home and the best way to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

Heat loss is your biggest enemy 

It is a scientific fact that heat rises, so it's no surprise that the most significant loss of warm air in any home is through the ceiling.  

What may be a surprise is that the next largest source of heat loss in a home comes not from your windows but through your walls.

Heat naturally flows from areas of higher temperature to lower temperature, and the amount of heat lost from a home depends on the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. The warmer your home or, the colder the outside temperature, the more heat energy is lost. 

Heat travels by a combination of convection, conduction and radiation, and it is practically impossible to stop heat from moving. However, insulation products are very effective at drastically slowing heat movement, which is why an insulated coffee cup keeps your coffee hotter for longer.

Wall Insulation will effectively increase your R value 

Every building material or structure has an R value, which is a measure of how well the material or structure allows heat to flow through it. 

A woolly jumper would have a high R value, while an aluminium saucepan would have a very low R value.

Insulmax®® has an R value of R2.8 per 100mm thickness.

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When insulating your walls with Insulmax®®, you dramatically increase the insulation R value rating by decreasing the amount of heat lost. 

Wall Insulation Outperforms Double Glazing: A Superior Choice for Enhanced Room R-Value

When it comes to weatherboard walls, heat loss through the wall structure will be reduced by around 86%.   In addition, heat loss through the walls of brick homes would be reduced by about 89%

Compare that with the insulation rating of double-glazed windows, which is lower than the insulation rating of an uninsulated wall structure, meaning that once double-glazed, windows are still losing more heat than the same area of the uninsulated wall. 

Ceilings come first, walls second

With all this insightful information, you may wonder in what order you should fulfil your insulation needs. At Insulmax®®, we know that every home is different, and walls often become an afterthought for many. 

But to fully enjoy the benefits of a cozy home, we suggest that while insulating your ceilings should be your priority, wall insulation comes in at a very close second, while underfloor insulation, although it offers the least heat loss, is still an important addition to include for your home. 

Once the ceiling, wall and floor insulation is completed, not only will your home feel warmer and dryer, but with the primary areas covered, you can also assess whether you are now comfortable or require any additional heating or ventilation solutions. 

Insulmax®® wall insulation makes a home

No matter what kind of home you own, you want to make it as warm, dry, and comfortable as possible while getting the best return on your investment. 

A fully insulated home warms up considerably faster and will maintain its temperature for longer after the heat source is turned off. 

Ultimately, a house is not a home if it is not efficiently insulated!

Find out if Insulmax® is right for your home

If you would like more information about how we can help you achieve a warm and dry home, contact our friendly and knowledgeable team today.