HOW TO TURN YOUR GLORIFIED TENT INTO A THERMALLY COMFORTABLE HOME
#2 : THERMAL INSULATION
Most Australian homes have insufficient insulation.
This leads to excessive heat gain during summer as well as heat loss in winter, as seen on the above diagram.
To achieve thermal comfort you need to implement insulation. This acts as a heat exchange barrier to your walls, floors and ceilings / roofs keeping your house cool in summer and warm in winter. It also prevents condensation on walls and windows.
Adding insulation to a home can save 45-55% of mechanical heating and cooling needs and as a result, save non-renewable resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the current energy prices, additional insulation usually pays for itself in around five to six years. With the prospect of rising energy prices it’s more than likely that insulation retrofitting will pay off even quicker.
By implementing thermal insulation to your home you can get in control of heat exchange of your house and a huge step closer towards a thermally comfortable home :)
Diagram : Sustainability Victoria