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Protect Your Home With These 3 Modern Ways

Written by Posted On Monday, 22 August 2016 11:21
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Improving the condition of your home is a responsibility everyone should take under consideration. A proper insulation is something that can add extra value to your home. Although the Aussie weather does not suggest cold winter, it’s always nice to have your house isolated in order to have a warm and cosy house. There a lot of ways to do this, some of them need a good investment, others are a lot cheaper. It really depends on the size of the house and the money you are ready to put into a project like that. I personally have cork tiles on some walls in my apartment which are colder, this way I add some extra warmth in my home. 1/3 of the heat is lost through the walls and ¼ through the roof. There are some modern ways to isolate your home without an intervention in your home interior, or even improving the way your house looks like. I think that these three I’m going to list are probably the best ways for an advanced, at the same time eco-friendly isolation of your home.

Energy-efficient Windows

Double or triple glazing windows retain heat, as well as reduce noise. They are one of the best ways to reduce cost and improving the value of your property. In this case investing in windows might be a good idea when looking at the initial cost of the installation. Double glazed windows usually reduce the heat loss by almost 30% in comparison to single-glazed aluminium windows. Triple glazed are the most suitable windows for the colder Victorian climates. Have in mind 2 key points when selecting energy efficient windows and glass doors.

·Minimising winter heat loss with internal window coverings and double glazing with efficient frames

·Maximising winter heat gain through north facing windows be letting the sun warm in your home

Textile Insulation

Believe it or not, energy bill may be reduced by two-thirds with a variety of treated waste alternatives to stuff into walls, lofts, etc. In the 21st century, people are trying to think of a way to use recycled waste so we don’t pollute the planet. There are companies developing products made from post-consumer and post-industrial textile waste. Old clothes, curtains, carpets – are the latest materials to be developed into insulation to help save energy and lower bills. When even a professional carpet cleaning is not being able to restore the clean condition of your carpets maybe it’s time to have them recycled. There are a couple of things you need to have in mind if you want to use this type of insulation for your home. Materials have to be fireproof, filling cavity walls need to be done by an installer, and are the panels environmentally friendly. Textile panels they can perform better than those being produced at the moment, both in terms of noise, insulation and stability.

Loft Insulation

A home without a loft insulation loosed a quarter of its heat through the roof. The insulation involves laying down insulation blankets across the surface of the roof. The blankets a.k.a “quilts” are usually made from different materials as foil-backed felt, glass or mineral fibre. A “greener” option would be blankets made from cork, straw and wood board. Loft insulation can save you $235 - $419 a year depending on the type of house you want to isolate.

Isolating the walls can be a bigger project that could require a bit more spending, but could deliver excellent results as well. From my experience, it's always better to have a tip from professionals who have experience in the field of home renovation about what type of insulation is the best for your home.

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