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There is quite literally no substitution for high-quality insulation. It is a necessity for buildings here in Australia. Insulation is so critical that the Australian government regulates the minimum amount of insulation installed in buildings. Scientists estimate that about one-half of the energy used to heat or cool buildings leaks out because of the lack of insulation. Here are some of the biggest benefits of having adequate insulation.
• Insulation reduces energy consumption by keeping warm air in during the winter and cold air in during the summer
• Lower individual greenhouse gas emissions
• Increase longevity of heating and cooling systems by reducing the work of these units
• Lowers energy bills by an estimated 40 percent
• Serves as a buffer for sound especially in buildings with metal roofs
• Reduces condensation in the building eliminating buildup of mold and mildew
• Improves the overall comfort of your home or business
We recommend insulating under roofs and above ceilings as well as patio and garage roofs, especially if you spend a significant amount of time there.
The two most common types of insulation in Australia are bulk insulation and reflective insulation.
Bulk insulation comes in rolls, batts, and planks. Several different materials make up this sort of insulation including recycled paper, glass, natural wool, and polyester. Bulk insulation works to keep warm air from escaping from your home in the winter and holding cold air inside the home in the summer.
Reflective insulation keeps buildings cool, and it moderates heat even in the hottest and most sunny areas in Australia. It is typically a sheet of shiny aluminum attached to paper or plastic and this insulation works by reflecting the radiant heat of the sun.
These types of insulation are separate goods, but some products combine features of both types of insulation.