3 Tips to Keep Homes Warm through Their Roofs Instead of Commercial Heating
In this post, discover how to keep your home warm through your roof during winter without spending on commercial heating.
Winter is here. While it doesn’t really get that cold here in Queensland, it does get cold enough for Aussies to rug up and try to warm up their houses. But since it stays warm most of the year, installing commercial heating can seem like overkill. Installing central heating, for example, can set you back between $5,000.00 and $9,000.00. Add that to the increased electricity costs and you could end up paying a lot of money over the years.
Rather than forking out for commercial heating, there are other ways to keep your home warm - like through your roof. Not only is it more affordable, it’s also as effective as commercial heating since homes lose a lot of heat through their roofs.
To help keep your home warm and cozy through winter, here are some tips:
Insulate Your Ceiling
Many homes across the country lack adequate insulation. But if your home’s only a few years old, it’s probably already adequately insulated. It’s now a Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requirement. But if it isn’t, hire a local roof and building service right away to insulate your ceiling. It’s one of the most effective and affordable ways to improve residential buildings’ thermal performance. Thermal performance refers to how well a structure responds to external temperature changes.
Use the Appropriate Insulation Type for Your Area
It’s hot and humid in Queensland most of the year, but winter here ranges from mild to cool and tends to get colder inland. So to make sure your home can handle both weather extremes, consider installing cellulose fibre.
Also install insulation with the appropriate R-value for your needs. R-value refers to an insulating material’s capacity to resist heat flow. The higher it is, the greater the insulating material’s heat flow resistance is. To choose the insulation with the right R-value for you, consult with an installer or roofing specialist.
Install Roof Ventilation
Roof ventilation is best known for helping to keep homes cool by drawing out hot, humid air. But they can also benefit homes during winter.
The main purpose of roof ventilation is to promote air circulation. If air gets trapped and warmed inside your home, it creates pockets of moisture. The areas where they can form include your attic and inside the walls. When the air outdoors is cooler than the air indoors, like during winter, the moisture buildup can occur rapidly. That can cause condensation to form along the roof and outer walls, as well as the supporting joists and studs. Not only can this lead to mould and mildew growth, which can trigger allergies, like asthma, and cause health issues, it can also make it harder to keep your home warm.