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Insulation options – polyester or fibreglass?

By housebound - 3 February 2010 7

This household was cold-called the other day about installed government-subsidised insulation, courtesy of the Mr Rudd (now $1200).

We were offered either fibreglass or polyester batts. Do any riot-acters have advice about the relative merits of each? I have never heard of the polyester batts, but it seems to be the installer’s preference.

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Insulation options – polyester or fibreglass?
Just Rite Pty. Ltd 8:52 am 25 Sep 14

imhotep said :

busgirl said :

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It was the fibreglass type…rating 4 which is what you need for the ACT winters.

And does it make a measurable difference busgirl? (serious question).

As for now, the rating has increased to 5.1 for ACT.

busgirl 7:18 pm 06 Feb 10

imhotep said :

and does it make a measurable difference busgirl? (serious question)

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Most definitely…I’ve had it in for only 2 weeks…and while we haven’t any stinking hot days in the past 2 weeks we’ve still had a couple of hot days…and the difference in the temperature inside my house when I get home from work is noticeable…without a doubt.

This ex-Govie Kambah castle was sweaty as a dog-box in summer and like an esky in winter so it will be interesting how the new insulation goes over the winter months.
Loving it so far
πŸ™‚

imhotep 11:47 am 06 Feb 10

busgirl said :

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It was the fibreglass type…rating 4 which is what you need for the ACT winters.

And does it make a measurable difference busgirl? (serious question)

.

busgirl 9:18 pm 05 Feb 10

The pre-requisite is that you have to have ineffective insulation ie. either none or a really small amount of that crumbly stuff…half an inch or less I believe…or a .5 rating…something like that anyway.

I got mine for free!!!! The quote came in under $1200…bonus. I love free stuff πŸ™‚

It was the fibreglass type…rating 4 which is what you need for the ACT winters.

housebound 9:15 pm 05 Feb 10

niftydog said :

I thought a prerequisite for the Rudd bonus was an uninsulated house – do they check this before they start giving you the hard sell?!?

Yes.

niftydog 4:04 pm 05 Feb 10

Installers prefer it because it’s less hassle to work with. Fibreglass itches like buggery and can cause respiratory problems. There’s plenty on the net about polyester vs fibreglass.

I thought a prerequisite for the Rudd bonus was an uninsulated house – do they check this before they start giving you the hard sell?!?

JessP 2:22 pm 05 Feb 10

Clearly, we do not.

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