Most of us are probably aware that the insulation in our homes plays an important role in keeping the home comfortable. After all, without something to insult our walls and ceilings, the heat and cool air would escape more easily, and we would be subject to far more of winter’s winds and summer’s sunny heat. However, there is more to insulation than meets the eye, and more to having it installed properly than many people may know!
What is Insulation?
The insulation in our homes is typically made of fiberglass, cellulose, plastic or mineral materials, with some homes using natural fibers. This material is used to fill holes, cracks and crevices in the home’s structure to make it more weather-proof and more resistant to losing the conditioned indoor air. Different types of insulation are used for different applications throughout the home, and all insulation should be handled carefully and kept away from children.
Insulation can be installed by a homeowner themselves, though many trust the service to an industry professional. Building companies can not only advise on what types of material would be best suited to a job, they can put it safely in place and provide information on maintenance and replacement. Relying on someone with education and experience regarding proper placement of insulation yields better results, and can save money in the long run.
Insulation does more than provide warmer winters and cooler summers. By conserving the conditioned air inside the home, it also saves the homeowner or resident money on heating and cooling, as well as saving energy. This savings can be as great as forty percent, and can make a huge difference in the overall value of a home if it goes to market.
These huge differences depend on something as often-overlooked as the material inside our walls and above our ceilings, and can change the way we live our lives inside our homes. In this way, insulation is more than the materials we use to keep the elements out – it is something we can all do to save our money and the environment, one home at a time.