Isotherm insulation is regarded by many as the most eco-friendly safe roof insulation product on the market. A 30-year manufacturer guarantee backs ISOTHERM. This product is safe enough for a little two-year-old to play with.
As we all know, most insulation products have some chemicals or itch factors. Isotherm is a naturally thermally-bonded Roof Insulation product. There are no fire retardants or resin binders in this eco-friendly ceiling insulation. Energy is scarce; our natural resources are depleting. Our carbon footprint is destroying our planet. Find out how to do your bit.
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10 Reasons to Insulate With ISOTHERM INSULATION
- COOL IN SUMMER: 145mm ISOTHERM will reduce heat flow by up to 90%. Improving temperature in the home by 4 to 8 degrees
- WARM IN WINTER: 145mm ISOTHERM will retain the warm air in the house from being lost to the cold roof space.
- SAVE ENERGY: It is estimated that insulation costs will be recovered in as little as three years.
- DUST FREE: For people with allergies, the Isotherm Insulation is perfect no loose fibres.
- ALLERGY FREE: For people living with Asthma or people with allergies.
- ITCH FREE: No loose fibres, no resin binders Polyester type product.
SABS APPROVED: Isotherm Insulation is manufactured to the highest standards. NO LONGER SABS APPROVED
- ECO-FRIENDLY: Manufacture from PET plastic bottles. Coke Fanta Bottles etc.
- 30 YEAR GUARANTEE: Isotherm Insulation will outlast most homes.
- FIRE RATING BB/1/2: Isotherm is Combustible. Isotherm Insulation will not sustain a flame.
Isotherm Thermal Insulation Summer Benefits
Isotherm Thermal Insulation is one of the best thermal insulation products for roofs and ceilings. The 145mm Isotherm Insulation will reduce the heat flow into the home by as much as 90% on a hot summer day. How this works is quite simple. On a hot summer day, your roof space becomes like an oven. The temperature in the roof space climbs as the sun continues to beat down on the roof.
This, in turn, makes the ceiling in the home very hot. In fact, we have measure ceiling temperatures in some houses at 54 degrees Celsius. However, the internal walls we reading temperatures of 30.5 degrees Celsius. This means that it is as though you have the underfloor heating above your head in summer when you most certainly don’t want it. This radiant heat will make the inside of your home feel like you are in an oven.
This is where most homeowners switch to air conditioners to try and feel some comfort. However, the fact of the matter is running an air conditioner is very expensive in South Africa. Homes insulated with Isotherm Thermal insulation will most likely not run the Air Con as the house will be cold enough. Homeowners running air conditioners will find a considerable saving as the thermostat will not have to kick in as often. This is where energy saving comes into play.
Isotherm Insulation Winter Benefits
As with summer in winter, the reverse happens. The roof space will get very cold on a cold day as the cold air flows through the roof space. This, in turn, makes the ceiling very cold. As we know, any warm air in the home will rise. As this warm air comes in contact with the cold ceiling space, it will be drawn through the ceiling and lost to the roof space.
Most homeowners using heaters or fireplaces will find that they need to sit right up close to feel the benefit of the heating system. When the 145mm Isotherm insulation has been installed, this heat flow will not be lost to the roof space. The warm air will be retained in the home and, in many cases, will keep the entire home warm. They are making life far more comfortable on cold days.
As long as windows and doors are kept closed, the heat generated in the home will be contained for hours. This makes the use of heating and fireplaces far more economical as the heating units can be used far less.
Eco-friendly Isotherm Insulation
Isotherm insulation is regarded as one of the most eco-friendly insulation products on the market. Isotherm is manufactured from PET plastic bottles. These bottles are our Coke, Fanta bottles etc. This will be pollution in landfill sites for 450 years. Now converting this pollution into energy-saving Roof insulation is very innovative. So from pollution in the environment to saving energy that will help our environment is an absolute winner.
However, this gets better as the ISOTHERM is itself recyclable. So the cycle continues. There is no other product on the market that I am aware of that can claim this. The fact that ISOTHERM is reducing the need for air conditioners is a great start as first world countries like the USA have now become very strict on the types of air conditioners that can be sold because of the damage these units are having on the environment.
Isotherm is also manufactured in most significant centres, so the transport costs are reduced substantially. This, in turn, reduces the carbon footprint even more.
Loft Room Insulation
The 145mm Isotherm is our product of choice for loft room type insulation. Loft rooms are fantastic in homes; however, they are like an oven in summer and a freezer in winter.
Loft Rooms that have been insulated are just as cold inside as any other home with Isotherm installed. What makes loft rooms so hot before the correct insulation is installed is that ceiling space and side walls are all part of the roof structure. This means the hot ceiling boards or drywall partitioning is very hot in summer and cold in winter,
Roof Insulation Cape Town specialises in this type of installation. We only install the 145mm Isotherm in these applications as this insulation has a very high tensile strength and a 30-year manufacturer guarantee. Visit our loft room page for more info on this.
Ceiling Insulation is Compulsory in All New Homes
All new homes, including low-cost housing, must now have SANS compliant ceiling insulation installed as of January 2013. This legislation is many years too late. Most 1st world countries have been insulating the roof space for many years. South Africans only realised recently that ESCOM was unable to supply the needs of consumers with electricity. This became a huge problem in 2015 when we were hit with load shedding. This ended up costing the economy billions of rands as companies and workers got hit the hardest. Companies closed down with their losses, and many workers lost their jobs.
If the Ceiling and roof insulation had been made compulsory at least 10 or 15 years earlier, we might have been able to avoid this. So what insulation must be installed on your ceiling. All products must be SANS compliant and achieve a specific R-value for the regions as set out by the legislation.
- Western Cape Region must install the 145mm Isotherm as this will achieve the recommended R-value of 3.70. 145mm Isotherm is one of the most popular products that we fit; this is because the Isotherm is Eco-friendly and people-friendly.
- Johannesburg region must install the 145mm Isotherm as this will also achieve the recommended R-value of 3.70.
- Pretoria and the Midrand must also install the 145mm Isotherm as they also need to achieve the R-value of 3.70
- KZN region must install the 100mm Isotherm Insulation as this will accomplish the R-value for this region.
How Does Isotherm Save Money on Energy
You will never find an industrial manufacturing plant that uses energy for heating, such as oil refineries, sugar mills and most food manufacturing plants not being insulated. This is because they would never run at a profit. In fact, these industrial plants like ALUSAF will use more electricity than some medium-sized towns. Now imagine what this would cost in lost revenue as a result of wasted money on energy. Some oil refineries spend millions of rands on insulation per year.
In fact, these industrial plants like ALUSAF will use more electricity than some medium-sized towns. Now imagine what this would cost in lost revenue as a result of wasted money on energy. Some oil refineries spend millions of rands on insulation per year.
Your home is no different, and most homeowners are desperate to save money wherever possible. A home insulated with ISOTHERM will use far less energy as the home will be warmer in winter and cooler in summer. In fact, if heating and cooling are used, the settings can be turned down as the cooler air and the warmer air will be retained.
It has been estimated that homeowners who have the correct insulation installed in their homes will use far less energy. And that the ISOTHERM cost should be recovered in as little as three years. Giving homeowners many more years of energy-saving and comfort. The 145mm Isotherm is a perfect example of how thermal insulation will save you energy, keeping your hard-earned cash in your pocket.
The result is homeowners will have many more years of energy-saving and comfort. The 145mm Isotherm is a perfect example of how thermal insulation will save you energy, keeping your hard-earned cash in your pocket.
How Must Insulation Be Installed
The Isotherm must be installed flat on the ceiling. All roof insulation products in homes must be installed flat on the ceiling. The reason for this is simple; you do not want to cool down your roof space. Preferably you want to cool down the inside of your home. If your Isotherm Installer fits the roof insulation following the pitch, your roof space would be cool. You would still have to run an air conditioner to be comfortable.
In winter, your home would be cold as all the warm air created in the house will rise and be pulled into the cold roof space. So remember, the insulation must be flat on the ceiling. In fact, we often get called out to homes where they have had insulation installed by either the Gumtree gang or some local handyperson to see why the insulation is not working. On inspection, in most cases, the insulation is under spec or rolled over the beams. This will, in fact, make the home hotter in summer and colder in winter. The reason for this is the air pockets under the thermal insulation.
Acoustic Benefits of Isotherm
The Isotherm insulation does not have good acoustic properties when installing the 145mm Isotherm. This insulation will reduce the effect of noise pollution in the home. The roof space is where the most significant percentage of noise will enter the house. However, to soundproof the home, we recommend two or three layers.
For soundproofing, it is recommended that the think pink Aerolite is installed to reduce noise pollution. This will solve the noise levels coming through the roof. However, there are other factors to take into account, such as windows, doors etc. What we recommend for homeowners who have serious noise pollution problems is as follows.
- Insulate the roof space with two or three layers of 145mm Isotherm insulation.
- Install heavy grade curtaining. This will not be commercially bought. They will have to be made up for your requirements — high-density curtain fabric with maybe two layers of curtain lining at the back.
- Be sure to seal all windows and doors. If your windows and doors leak air, you need to seal them.
- Finally and this is the more expensive option. If your windows and doors are old and can’t be sealed, consider fitting double glazed windows. However, the best for sound is the PVC window frames.
Down Light Hazards With Roof Insulation
This is simple, never cover a downlight with roof insulation. Always cut a breathing hole around the downlight. Please note this is not because the insulation might burn. Isotherm will not burn as it will not sustain a flame. The problem is not insulation instead of the downlights and how they are fitted.
Remember, the older 40 and watts downlight will reach temperatures of 270 to 350 degrees. This is hot enough to cook a meal on. When downlights are installed, the electrician would mark them out and drill the holes into the ceiling. At completion, a few of these downlight holes are either through a baton or under the main beam. Unfortunately, these can’t be moved as any visitor in the home would notice the spacing immediately.
Also, be aware that old box leaves falling off the trees around the home often end up in the roof space. If these leaves are over the downlights, this could be a disaster. At least insulation will reduce the potential for the spread of flames on the roof.