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Getting your home ready for summer

Summer-heatwave

With temperatures this week and next going into Christmas predicted to tip about 35-degrees, what else can you do to get your home ready for summer.

Polystyrene ceiling and underfloor insulation are effective to keep the heat out, and the cool air of the air-conditioning in.

According to yourhome.gov.au the summer heat enters the home in the following ratios:

  • Ceiling = 25% - 35%
  • Walls = 15% - 25%
  • Floor = 10% - 20%
  • Air Leakage = 5% - 25%
  • Windows = 25% - 35%

These above figures are based on a home in a temperate climate.[1]

Many new homes are now designed using the Passive Design Technique[2]. It is a technique that takes in to account the environment in which the home is being built, harnessing natural airflow, shading and climates. The aim is to maximise cooling in summer, and heating in winter without the use of air-conditioning. Combined with insulation, the efficiency of these two goals is greatly enhanced. 

Wall insulation is also a strong barrier to keeping the summer heat out while retaining the coolness of the air-conditioner.

Foamex’s XPS Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Boards are ideal for insulating walls. Their KPA rating makes them suited to any kind of building application, and their long term retained R-values means greater thermal performance within the home.

They are manufactured in Australia and are made with a fire retardant additive as standard, and are environmentally friendly due to being HCFC free. Combine this with their high compressive strength, low moisture absorption, not to mention being lightweight and easy to handle, Foamex XPS Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Boards are perfect for providing a total home insulation solution.

To discuss how to make a home more bearable this summer, contact your local state office, or complete our online enquiry form.

 



[1] http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/insulation

[2] http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design

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