The delayed response to installing insulation in the walls of old New Zealand homes is not surprising, considering the resources required to accomplish this. Walls have to be opened up, insulated, replastered and repainted. Installing ceiling insulation, on the other hand, is a much more simple process. Often it simply involves climbing up into the roof space and laying the insulation down in between the rafters.
When it’s cheaper and easier to install roof insulation and the savings on energy bills are much greater, it is understandable that this is perceived as being a profitable investment. Walls are more expensive to insulate and the subsequent energy savings are less, so it makes it hard to justify all the hassle and money involved. So why the sudden interest in wall insulation for existing homes?
Shaun Suleman is involved in sales at Pricewise Insulation. “It’s not like they’re tearing apart walls in order to insulate them,” he assured. “But where home owners are opening up walls as a part of their renovation projects anyway, then a lot of them are realising that it’s not a big deal to insulate the new walls while they’re at it.” Do they earn their money back through energy savings? Eventually, yes, although it may take some time before the money spent on wall insulation becomes evident on energy bills. But often that’s not the driving force behind the decision to insulate.
“Most of the time it’s installed as an acoustic management solution, and can effectively block out unwanted noise from barking dogs and passing traffic. It’s becoming increasingly important for people living busy lifestyles to have a quiet home environment,” explains Mr Suleman, and adds that noise within the home can also be addressed. Home theatres, home offices, bathrooms and laundries should be first on the priority list.
Money spent on acoustic insulation within the home will most likely never be recovered, but it can contribute towards a more pleasant place to spend time. This could explain the rise in enquiries about wall insulation. The bottom line is: if you’re opening up a wall anyway, then insulate it while you can do it cheaply!
About Pricewise Insulation:
Pricewise Insulation is one of New Zealand’s largest online retailers of insulation and related products. With a vast network of partner suppliers and manufacturers, their popular brands include Knauf Earthwool, Fletcher Pink Batts, Autex Greenstuf and Bradford Gold Batts.
Company Name: Pricewise Insulation (NZ)
Contact Person: Shaun Suleman
Country: New Zealand