Insulating Your Walls

Insulating your walls is one of the best investments you can make for your home

Are you considering insulating your walls? In New Zealand, many of our homes are over 25 years old and were built at a time where insulation standards were fairly relaxed. For most of us, this means that there will probably be a little bit of insulation in the roof but little to nothing in the walls. Uninsulated walls create a problem for many houses as it leaves a break in your thermal barrier through which heat can escape. Uninsulated walls can account for as much as 1/3 of your...

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Home Heat Loss

Insulation helps prevent home heat loss and heat gains in your home

Insulation acts as a barrier which helps to keep the hot summer temperature out and the inside temperature stable. It’s essential for keeping your home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. It’s also one of the best ways to cut your heating and cooling bills in half while helping to reduce your carbon footprint. In New Zealand, we see extreme temperature fluctuations in both Summer and Winter and what people don’t realise is how much the outside temperature effects your inside...

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Healthy Home Standards New Zealand

Healthy Homes Standards – What are they and why are they important for NZ home owners

Healthy Homes Standards versus a Healthy Home. I have noticed confusion by some home owners. A lot of home owners have rental properties and have learned about the minimum insulation requirements for rental property. These minimum standards do not need to reflect on your own home. Nor does it need to reflect on rental properties. The Healthy Homes Standards Policy is a minimum standard for rental houses. However, keeping costs down for Landlords seems to be important. Let me...

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Unhealthy Living

We spend 70 percent of our time in our homes, yet many New Zealand homes have been shown to be up to 6 degrees below the WHO’s suggested minimum indoor temperature of 18 degrees. That can’t be good.

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