With the rising cost of living, many households are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money. One of the most effective ways to do this is by installing ceiling insulation. It can make a significant difference in reducing heat loss from the ceiling, as well as provide noise reduction benefits. Installing insulation not only helps you save on your monthly energy bill but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Ceiling insulation helps to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature at all times, while also preventing heat loss and preventing cold air infiltration. Proper insulation can save up to 30% on energy costs during peak seasons – providing a cost-effective solution for reducing annual energy consumption.
The Types of Insulation
There are several types of ceiling insulation made from materials like glasswool, polyester, cellulose and rockwool. These can come in the form of roof insulation batts, rolls, loose fill, and rigid foam boards. Each material comes with their own list of pros and cons; for example cellulose ceiling insulation is environmentally friendly but not as fire resistant as glasswool. It is important to do some research based on your home needs before having insulation installed.
The R-value of ceiling insulation is the measure of its resistance to heat flow. The R-value ranges from 1.5 to 7. The higher the R-value, the greater the thermal protection it provides and the more energy efficient your home will be. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) has outlined energy efficiency provisions for new homes – Canstar Blue has the details on the required R ratings for insulation based on your home’s ‘climate zone’.
Here in Perth, we recommend using R4 insulation batts.
Before Installing Ceiling Insulation
If you are thinking of adding ceiling insulation on an older home, it would be best to do a ceiling health check. Did you know….if rain gets into your roof space, it can saturate the insulation making it VERY heavy? The blow in stuff is even worse. If a ceiling is unstable, the heavy soggy, saturated insulation can bring that ceiling down?
We always recommend having your ceilings thoroughly checked before installing insulation to check they are stable, although your insulation company should be able to notice if your ceiling is showing signs of distress. Visible signs are cracks or sagging in the ceiling, the cornice coming away from the wall or signs of water damage. If you are unsure about the condition of your ceiling, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.
While insulation can be a DIY project, you might want to consult a professional before proceeding. We use and recommend Thermacon insulation. Please give Aaron a call on 0423 782 083 or email for all your insulation requirements.
At Authentic Additions we’re the experts when it comes to ceilings, walls and cornices. We may not be able to help you with the installation of ceiling insulation, but we can definitely get your ceiling in the perfect condition for insulation. If you have any questions or concerns you may have about your ceilings, please contact us.