Shelter is one of the most basic needs of humankind. Since man walked the earth, he has relied on his home to protect himself and his family from weather, marauders, and other creatures that would do them harm. But in modern times, homes require a little assistance to help provide complete protection from the elements. This assistance comes in the form of home insulation.
Here are a half dozen ways that your home will benefit from additional insulation:
1. It can lower your home energy costs. If cold or heat is penetrating your home’s exterior, then your heater or air conditioner has to work harder to maintain your desired interior temperature (which means that your utility bills are higher). Insulation helps form a barrier between your home’s interior and the weather outside, so your heater or air conditioner can function more efficiently.
2. It can increase the comfort level of you and your family. Even when you take air conditioners and heaters out of the equation, insulation can still make your home more comfortable to live in. That’s because insulation acts as a "blanket" during the winter to keep cold out, while doing the same with high temperatures in the summertime.
3. It can improve the quality of your home’s indoor air. This is especially true if the air quality in your area is compromised by manufacturing plants, construction, or other pollutants. By keeping external air outside, insulation preserves the integrity of your "interior environment." For people with asthma, other breathing problems, or compromised immune systems, this can be a huge relief.
4. It can heighten the fire retardation level of your home. Since the "bones" of most homes are constructed of wood, they could enable a small fire to spread throughout your home. Insulation is fire retardant, meaning that any flames would spread more slowly because of its presence in the walls, ceiling, or attic.
5. It can reduce exterior sounds from seeping into your home. One fringe benefit of insulation that people tend to forget about is its soundproofing capabilities. A well-insulated home can reduce the decibel level inside it as it pertains to exterior noises like traffic, construction work, or sirens. It also helps keep interior sounds from drifting between rooms through the walls or ceilings.
6. It can increase the value of your home. Think about it: would you rather buy a home that costs less to maintain, has cleaner interior air, and is quieter, more fire-resistant, and more comfortable … or one that is not? Because of the positive impact of insulation on a home, it can boost its resale value for potential home buyers (who would otherwise have to spend additional funds to put in insulation).
Types of Home Insulation
Home insulation is available in several different forms.
The most popular is blanket insulation made of fiberglass that can be rolled out to fit between wall joists and attic studs. Insulation can also be applied in a more malleable form using a blower or sprayer device.
Blown cellulose insulation is made of recycled materials that can penetrate nooks and crannies that might be difficult to reach with traditional sheet insulation.
Spray foam insulation, which consists of a foam that expands significantly after its application, can also act to seal out air that might invade your home through very small or microscopic openings.
Consider a Home Energy Audit
To see if your home can benefit from additional insulation, contact Moonworks today at 1-800-975-6666. They will conduct a free home energy audit to determine how energy-efficient your home is and whether more insulation can make your home more comfortable and less costly to maintain.