A stunning statistic shows Australia’s death rate from cold weather is higher than that of Sweden’s – but we can insulate against it.
The Healthy Homes for Renters campaign found every year 10,000 people die in Australia of causes attributable to the cold.
In Sweden, cold weather caused an estimated 3.9% of deaths, whereas in Australia it caused 6.5% (that’s one in 15 deaths), according to the Lancet medical journal.
Many Aussie homes are “just glorified tents” and we expose ourselves to far colder temperatures than the Scandinavians do.
Benefits Of An Insulated Home In Winter
It creates a protective barrier
You are kept warm in winter. Insulation blocks the cool air in winter, while keeping the warm air inside.
You save money on energy costs
Insulation works together with your heating appliances by taking the load off them, vastly reducing the length of running time required to heat your home. The impact on your power bills is dramatic.
It’s good for the environment
Consuming a lower amount of energy means a smaller carbon footprint. Environmentally-safe insulation materials are made from recycling of other components.
Reduces damp and mould
Some premium products will lower condensation in your home. This creates healthier air and greater protection from the illness and allergies caused by damp and mould.
It improves your quality of life
Your home becomes more comfortable, more bearable and more inviting.
Your Energy Rating improves
Homes built pre-2000 usually need insulation repair, top-up or removal and reinstallation. Homeowners with poorly installed insulation, often using inferior products, are getting no benefits at all.
Adding Insulation To An Existing Home
Business development manager at 4 Seasons Home Insulation, Ross Kestle told The Fifth Estate the cost of retrofitting most existing homes with full insulation ranged from $9000-$15000, including ceiling, wall and floor insulation and draught elimination.
“First priority is always the roof, then the walls, then the draughts, then the underfloor,” Mr Kestle said.
Wall and floor insulation is as effective at improving thermal rating as ceiling, but Mr Kestle said roof insulation can be done in smaller homes for as little as $2000 and provides heat retention in the winter.