Warming Up For Winter
Daylight Saving is over and it’s the time of year we all start digging out the heaters, the warmer clothes and those extra bed covers. It’s also a good time of year to think about your insulation. Insulation is after all, that ‘extra layer’ equivalent for your home.
We chatted with some builders recently and it turns out, traditionally they haven’t been that interested in insulation. Times are changing with modern certification, but in the old days the insulation job was often handed over to a junior who would pretty much stuff the wall cavity with fibreglass. One builder (we won’t identify) laughingly pointed out “Why wouldn’t you get the wally to do the job, who’d want to work with fibreglass all day?!”.
More seriously, another pointed out, “Fibreglass is measured in metric but most older houses are measured in imperial. So it’s a case of squishing the material in or the unpleasant job of cutting it to fit”. Unfortunately, that’s as true now as it’s always been. Many older houses in New Zealand have little or no insulation and retrofitting fibreglass is a messy job in more ways than one.
Says Tony Naidu of HeatSavers, “Retrofitting fibreglass means removing the Gib to access the wall cavity and it doesn’t just pull off and go back on. It comes off in pieces and has to be replaced. That’s a pretty dusty, dirty environment to live in and of course all that material; old insulation, broken Gib etc… goes straight into landfill. So yes, it’s a pretty messy business taking that route”.
Something else we discovered in talking with the builders was that they’re on board with foam insulation. While myths used to exist about how hard it was to work around it, for cabling for example most builders these days realise it just isn’t a problem. Said one, “Frankly it’s not the best bit of our job, and actually home owners generally have more budget left over for us when they do take the foam route”.
What about “green” options like wool insulation. “Of course that’s treated too”, said one builder, “it’s good for us because obviously we get the Gib work etc… but it’s still a pretty sticky kind of job.” So it seems the building industry is on board with foam in more ways than one.
So what’s involved in foam insulation? The first step says Naidu, “is getting your home assessed by one of our team. Our guys do a thorough job and they’ll tell you if your home is firstly suitable and secondly if there are any issues (like rotten weatherboards etc…) that you may need to address first. There’s no fee for that assessment, and we’ll schedule it to suit you”.
That seems like a good thing to do in any case at this time of year. Naidu laughs, “Yes, we’ve picked up a few issues over the years that have probably alerted home owners to issues in the nick of time”. So what happens next? Says Naidu, “If your home is suitable, then we put together a quote for retrofitting insulation. If you’re happy with that, we schedule the job at a time to suit and get it done”.
He continues, “Our product is a third to a quarter of the cost of traditional insulation methods and can be completed in days not weeks. Not to mention it’s a much more sustainable approach while giving you virtually immediate access to all the benefits”.
Says Naidu, “Insulation is an upfront cost but we offer great finance terms and we know that home owners will see the return through increased house value and lower energy bills. Now’s a good time to look into it, and beat the winter rush”.
So while you’re unpacking the jerseys, why not give HeatSavers a call? As one customer put it last August, “Quick, no nonsense installation. Noticed a difference in the warmth of the house immediately!”
If you’d like to find out more about insulation your home, contact HeatSavers for a free, no-obligation quotation. For health, wealth and well-being, it’s an investment well worth checking out.