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Planning renovations? Now’s the ideal time to Insulate.

Right now we’re enjoying the blue skies and balmy days when we get them… but sure as Summer’s coming… we’ll all be digging out those fans soon enough. That’s why now’s a great time to insulate.

Insulation isn’t just about warming your house, it’s about keeping it cool too. Tony Naidu, Executive Director of HeatSavers explains. “When you have underfloor, ceiling and wall insulation it works like a chilly bin - your home stays warmer in Winter and cooler in Summer”.

Trusted Tradies – What You Should Expect

We trust our Tradies right? It turns out not so much. If you’re a fan of DIY shows you’ll know how much those teams rely on their Tradies. You’ll also know how quickly the ‘water cooler’ notices if one of them isn’t pulling their weight.

 

“We’re fairly quick to turn on our Tradies”, says Tony Naidu, Executive Director of HeatSavers. “And why wouldn’t we be? We’re spending good money for a quality job, and we’re all too aware of the horror stories. None of us want to be the patsy, and so trust in the relationship is vital.”

 

Is the difference between insulation a matter of degrees?

Wherever you are in the country, you will have felt the first winter chills.  While there’s no doubt it’s warmer in the North, people are still waking up to chilly rooms and starting to think again about insulation.  The TV is full of ads promoting all different kinds, so is it really a matter of degrees?  The answer surprisingly, is yes.

 

Why Insulation Matters For All New Zealanders

The Green Party unveiled its insulation policy for this year’s election, making headlines during a freezing winter blast across New Zealand.  "Our new housing policy will ensure all New Zealanders have a warm, dry and healthy home," said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.  The coverage this policy announcement received shows this will be an area of importance in the lead up to this year’s election.

Insulate for the Health Benefits

New Zealand has the second highest asthma rate in the world (after the UK) according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). One in six adults and one in four children in New Zealand suffer from asthma symptoms, which can be further aggravated by allergies. And when it comes to allergies; up to one in three New Zealanders will develop allergies at some time in their life. Meantime, it’s estimated that 70% of all Kiwi homes are inadequately insulated. Coincidence?  We think not.

 

Achieving Lifelong Energy Savings.

~As we head towards the winter season, we’re being inundated with news about rising energy costs.  The story is going to run; the Government is investigating, the Prime Minister’s already weighed in and the Power Companies are blaming Transpower’s increased costs due to upgrades to the National grid. What is truly bringing the cost hikes isn’t clear. What is clear is that it’s going to cost us more and more to keep our homes warm this winter.

Getting it together, whatever the weather

The news has been awash with stories about North America’s Polar Vortex and Australia’s record breaking heat waves while New Zealanders bask under a fairly moderate summer sun.  From around the globe, we’re hearing more and more about extreme temperature variations and while we’re not in the worst of it we do have our own struggles with temperature and it’s nation-wide.

Insulation Warrant of Fitness (WOF) is on its way.

Steps to Complete Thermal Envelope

There’s no doubt big changes are afoot for landlords and potentially any home owner that may wish to rent out their property in the future. 2013 saw a ground swell of programmes designed to set minimum insulation / warmth standards for rental properties and while none have made it over the line as yet, there’s no question which way the winds are blowing…

 

Insulation – Now “As Prescribed”

Healthy Happy Home

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was the punchline of a joke but it’s true; Doctors in New Zealand can under special circumstances prescribe insulation for at-risk patients living in cold houses.  It is part of the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme which runs through to June 2014.  Although not all regions are covered, it goes to show the significance of a warmer home of health and wellbeing. Let’s face it - if Doctors are prescribing insulation, it’s got to be good for you.

 

How warm, healthy and cost efficient is your home?

Does your home have dampness or moisture problems?

Condensation, moisture and mould are all too common in NZ homes. About 30% of our homes suffer from problems associated with moisture internally. In a large number  of these houses, dehumidifiers and ventilation systems are used to fix the symptoms of  the problem, but not the source of the problem itself. Dampness makes rooms unhealthy to live in. In a lot     of cases though, it is also a problem that is relatively cheap and easy to identify  and fix.

Where is there adequate insulation in your home?

ThermoWall No Hassle For Electricians

It  seems to be a general opinion in the electrical trade that rewiring after thermowall

has been installed or even installing additional cables near impossible to run through

the foam, I have crossed paths with rewiring and installing new cabling with house’s

that have Thermowall installed and I can safely say that it is quite easy to run cables

through cavities in which Thermowall is situated.