Posted on 03 08 2023

Understanding R-Values: What they are and how they affect your rental

We all know the basics of insulation - it stops heat escaping your home. It's pretty simple, the better insulated a home is, the more it will retain heat. 

A well-insulated home means lower heating costs, less moisture and lower possibility of mould. But do you know how insulation standards are measured? That's where R-Values come in. 

What are R-Values?

R-Values are a unit of measure for the thermal resistance of a product or material. R-Values are used to measure how well windows, doors, walls, and insulation can resist heat flow. 

They are essential because they help us understand how effective a building component, like insulation, is at keeping heat inside. The higher the R-Value, the better the material is at insulating and maintaining a steady indoor temperature.

How R-Values Affect Your Rentals

  • Healthy Homes: Underfloor and ceiling insulation not only keeps the cold out but also helps manage humidity levels. This reduces the risk of dampness and mould growth, leading to healthier living conditions for your tenants.
  • Energy Efficiency: A well-insulated rental property with high R-Values insulation has less heat loss during winter and helps reduce heat gain during summer. This means your tenants won't need to rely heavily on energy-consuming heating or cooling systems, resulting in lower energy bills.
  • Tenant Comfort: A comfortable living space enhances tenant satisfaction and reduces the likelihood of them moving out. Proper insulation with high R-Values ensures consistent temperatures year-round.
  • Increased Property Value: In today's real estate market, energy-efficient properties are highly sought after. Investing in insulation installations with excellent R-Values enhances your property's value, attracting more potential tenants and buyers who prioritise the health and comfort of their living space.

How GreenSide Energy Solutions Can Help

At GreenSide Energy Solutions, we understand the importance of energy efficiency and its impact on your rental properties. Our team of experts is committed to providing the highest quality services, and we take pride in helping our clients meet industry standards.

  • Professional Insulation Installations: Our skilled technicians will ensure that your rental property is appropriately insulated and meets the minimum R-values for the area. 
  • Grants and Subsidies: GreenSide Energy Solutions is one of their largest service providers for insulation and heat pumps for the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme. By visiting our grants and subsidies page discover how much you could save on heating and insulation installations.
  • Customised Solutions: Every rental property is unique, and we understand that one size doesn't fit all. Our team will thoroughly assess your property and recommend the most suitable insulation and energy solutions, considering location, building type, and budget.

By partnering with GreenSide Energy Solutions, you can take advantage of affordable and effective insulation installations, heating and ventilation solutions, as well as access to government grants and subsidies. Together, we can create warm, dry and healthy living spaces that benefit both your tenants and your pocket. Get in touch with our team today to discuss the R-Values in your rental property.  


As an Owner-Occupier You May Be Eligible for a Warmer Kiwi Homes Subsidy