Insulation - The Do's and Dont's

With Winter here, a warm dry home is important for your family's health.

We found this great article from Homes To Love, which tells you all you need to know about the Do's and Dont's of insulation:



Do:

Insulate your home

While this point may seem a little obvious, the fact is many New Zealand homes are damp, cold and expensive to heat because of poor insulation.


Check the R-value

All insulation is given a rating called an R-value – the higher the rating, the better the insulation is at reducing heat flow. Ideally you should invest in insulation with a higher value R-value but this isn’t always feasible. Before you go ahead and pick the cheapest option, speak to us at QSPlus as there are minimum standards of insulation required under the New Zealand Building Code.


Your research

A little bit of knowledge under your belt will be incredibly useful when tackling the insulation of your home.


Book an insulation assessment if you’re a landlord

If you’re a landlord, you now need to know a few more details about your rental property’s insulation. Following changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) landlords must now state the level of a property’s insulation in new tenancy agreements and they’re also required to retrofit properties with ceiling and underfloor insulation by July 2019. Book your insulation assessment with QSPlus


Dont:

Assume all insulation is the same

The way heat flows and escapes throughout your home varies, which is why insulation products are designed to suit different conditions  ­- ceiling insulation has different construction and performance attributes when compared  to wall and underfloor insulation.


Try to install it yourself

Although Kiwis pride ourselves in our DIY abilities, installing insulation is a difficult task that can be quite dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. For a quick, clean job where you don’t have to deal with live wires or risk putting your foot through your ceiling, it’s best to get a professional in.


Cut corners

Insulation is an important investment that but the benefits long term are greatly reduced  if you don’t do it right. Get expert advice on your plan, products, and installation and if you’re unable to fully insulate your home, find out what the best long term options are for you.


Forget about the windows and doors

Little touches can go a long way when heating your home. Make sure the seals around your windows are intact and use draught stops for under doors.



For more information, head to www.qsplus.co.nz


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