Keep the desired temperature all year round.
Why insulation is important for a healthy home
Heat can escape your home through the walls, floors and ceilings. Insulation prevents this, acting as a barrier between inside and outside temperatures. It's an ideal, low cost way to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round, and it'll also make your home more energy efficient.
How you can use insulation to make your home healthier
Good quality insulation helps keep the heat in during winter and out during summer. The priority for insulating your home should be ceiling and underfloor, followed by walls. Using insulation wrap on your hot water cylinder and pipes can also reduce heat loss and save you around $80 a year. Insulated houses are easier and cheaper to heat, saving resources and making your home more comfortable and healthy to live in.
What you need to know
As a landlord you are required to insulate your property's ceiling and underfloor where it is reasonably practicable to install. Wall insulation is not compulsory. The measurement of resistance to heat flow is measured by R-Value. The higher the R-value the better the insulation preforms.
30-35% of heat escapes through the roof and 12-14% is lost through the floor. A well insulated home is more energy efficient because it will need very little additional heating or cooling to keep your desired temperature stable. Insulation can also help with noise pollution.
Tenancy law requires landlords to have insulation installed in their rentals. The level of insulation required depends on the type of home you live in, where you live and what’s already there. If you're not sure whether your home is insulated, or think that the current insulation may not meet requirements, you should speak to your landlord.