Underfloor insulation is one of the first things to consider in most existing houses to make them warmer, healthier and more comfortable - and in homes with accessible underfloor spaces, it's relatively cheap and easy to do.
Do you qualify for funding?
For the majority of people in New Zealand, the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme is the hassle free way to getting your insulation checked and if you need it, installed.
If your house was built before 2000, you are eligible for help - find out more about the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme.
Check your insulation
If you can access your underfloor area have a look to see if you have got any insulation.
If there is no insulation under your floor, either between or stapled to the underside of the joists, then you need to get some.
You may have to either repair the existing insulation, or remove the old insulation and replace it with new insulation if it:
- is loose, or doesn't sit hard against the underside of the floor boards
- doesn't extend under all of the floor
- has gaps in it, or bits missing
- is foil and has taped seams that have come undone
- has been damaged
If you need underfloor insulation you probably qualify for funding. Find a provider in your area.
View our video on how to check your underfloor insulation.
If you can't check your own insulation, or aren't sure if you need any, get a professional to come and have a look for you. It's free and if you do need some insulation installed, they can tell you if you qualify for funding.
What sort of insulation?
If you are getting your insulation installed under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart funding then you know that the insulation being installed is right for your situation and meets both EECA's stringent requirements and any applicable Standards.
If you have a preference, you could choose from the different materials insulation is made from i.e. wool, polyester, fibreglass etc. but you may have to shop around to find a provider that uses the type you want.
If you don't have any specific preferences, then your decision might be more price driven. If so, get a quote from 2 or more providers if you can and compare them.
Foil based insulation doesn't meet EECA's requirements for funding for a number of reasons. You can download a list of specific insulation products accepted for use under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme.
If you are considering installing your own insulation, or just want to know more, have a look at the more information about underfloor insulation page.
Find out how to check the underfloor insulation in your house.