Downlight’s pepper your ceiling with holes through which you loose heat in the winter and gain it in summer. To make your home safer and more energy efficient you need some form of cover over them.
Noise and Sound Insulation
It’s often only when you leave a big city that you realise how noisy it is. The problem is that not only do most of us live in big cities in Australia but they’re also often the most low impact places to live. Being able to live close to where you work and play reduces driving and allows for more use of walking, cycling and public transport. With smart application of sound insulation you can also make your home a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a noisy city.
Phase Change Materials
For a long time they’ve been one of those things that would be available sometime in the future. Well they’re available now in an Australian company Phase Change Energy Solutions.
The product – BioPCM appears to be coming out of the US by a company of the same name (more details on their US website).
Your floor is typically responsible for 10-20% of heat loss in your home.
Options for insulating it include:
- Concertina Foil Batts
- Insulation batts
- Spray on insulation
- Draft sealing gaps in exposed floor boards
- Seal from the underside using runs of “No More Gaps” or similar
- Under floor insulation which restricts airflow
Roof cavity ventillation
A significant amount of heat can build up in your roof cavity, reducing the temperature in this space reduces the load on your roof insulation and hence helps keep your home cooler.
When insulating your home, the entire building envelope must be considered, insulating a single area such as the roof will not offer a complete solution. Reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer is very much about doing something on all fronts.