In­su­la­tion saves cash

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

MAK­ING your home as en­ergy efficient as pos­si­ble be­gins while plan­ning your home.

Max­i­mum use of sun and light should be a fac­tor in the de­sign stage and the lay­out should re­flect this.

In the liv­ing ar­eas all-day sun should be your aim with large north-fac­ing win­dows to help you achieve a home that is warm and com­fort­able all year round.

If you plan to use a so­lar en­ergy hot wa­ter sys­tem, thought also needs to be put into this early on, so that good roof space is abun­dant to al­low the sys­tem and its com­po­nents to be in­stalled in the most ap­pro­pri­ate place. In­su­la­tion

Older New Zealand homes are no­to­ri­ous for be­ing poorly in­su­lated, lead­ing to them be­com­ing cold and damp.

With the high­est rates of child­hood asthma in the world and many peo­ple suf­fer­ing ill­ness re­lated to damp liv­ing con­di­tions ev­ery ef­fort should be made to in­stall ap­pro­pri­ate in­su­la­tion.

Whether build­ing, ren­o­vat­ing, or sim­ply look­ing to make your home more pleas­ant and health­ier to live in, in­su­la­tion is some­thing that should not be skimped on.

Qual­ity in­su­la­tion will not only make you and your fam­ily more com­fort­able and health­ier, it will also save money

In­stall the high­est rat­ing of in­su­la­tion you can af­ford. For new homes, con­sider in­creas­ing the size of your wall cav­ity.

If your cur­rent in­su­la­tion is more than 10 years old, con­sider up­grad­ing your ceil­ing in­su­la­tion, be­cause the orig­i­nal in­su­la­tion may have com­pressed. There are sev­eral in­su­la­tion prod­ucts avail­able, each with their own ben­e­fits. Do­ing some re­search will en­able you to choose the right in­su­la­tion for your home. Heat­ing your home

There are a wide range op­tions avail­able when it comes to heat­ing your home. Which op­tion you choose de­pends on many fac­tors.

The in­su­la­tion level in your home, size of the house, life­style and run­ning costs should all be fac­tored into your de­ci­sion.

Fu­ture-proof­ing your home should also be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

You should fac­tor the lim­ited avail­abil­ity of some nat­u­ral re­sources into your de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.

It may be that hav­ing a num­ber of heat­ing op­tions is more suit­able for heat­ing your home


EASY: A fully in­su­lated home re­quires about half the heat­ing of an unin­su­lated home.

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