Before we dive into the benefits of Home Insulation, let’s first talk about what Home Insulation is and what purpose it serves.
The housing enclosure is what separates the controlled environment (inside) from the uncontrolled environment (outside) those walls that surround you and that roof thing that goes over your head. The fine layer in between the inside and outside is where insulation lives.
Insulation’s primary job is to slow heat flow from room to room in your house. You want to slow this movement of heat and capture it in one place to keep the temperature the same throughout. On the contrary, constantly moving air will cause an uneven temperature throughout your home.
Irrespective of the home you live in and the type of heating unit, heat will always flow from warm to cold until it matches the coldest place in your home. A great example is when hot air sinks to your basement, and you are wondering where all the heat is. The heat has been running all day, but for some reason the rooms and floors in your home are cold. That is the “convection” of heat. Air leakage is a major concern for most homes simply because of their size. There is a lot of room for error when it comes to air leaking into and out of your home during the winter.
Insulating your home can seem like a hassle and carry an enormous expense. However, there are options suitable for any situation. So here are eight benefits that come with insulating your home properly:
1. Save 75% Of The Heat In Your Home
Waking up in the morning is when this is most apparent. Your room is freezing cold, and then you get out of bed just to step on those cold floors which carry all the way into to the kitchen. The biggest challenge to overcome those cold mornings is to prevent air flow to different rooms. Preventing air flow comes down to proper “R-values” of insulation that your type of home requires which is dependent upon where you live and how many months out of the year winter is present. Homes in Colorado do not need the same R-value as homes in Arizona.
2. Lower Your Heating Bill
By keeping more heat inside your home during the winter, decreases the number of times the heat has to kick on. Resulting in lower utility bills and putting more money in your pocket.
3. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Most people don’t realize, consumption is directly related to your “carbon footprint” which by definition is “the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.” Going back to that whole energy grid thing and reducing your individual consumption. Dr. Jonathan Levy, Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University says, “If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about five percent and natural gas use by more than ten percent.”
4. Increases Comfort
Those painful mornings when you just don’t want to get out of bed because it is so cold or the floors in your house are so cold you can’t even walk on them without breaking out the arctic gear. Having a more comfortable living space is why homeowners have insulation work done. You work hard to pay that mortgage so make your space as comfortable as possible to live in.
5. Enhance The Value Of Your Home
Home values rise at an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills. When it comes time to sell your home the amount of money you put into an insulation job will pay you back tenfold. Even if you aren’t selling, steadily increasing the value of your home is not a bad thing.
6. Insulation Comes With A Myriad Of Options
It doesn’t matter whether your house was constructed in 1905 or yesterday. No matter what type of home you have or how it was built, there is an insulation solution for every situation. Home insulation is usually done in tiers to avoid high upfront costs and to gain maximum return on your investment.
Xcel Energy offers a wide variety of deductions by having a Home Energy Audit completed or a variety of other services to help reduce your consumption on the energy grid. For acknowledging the fact that we as consumers chew through power like a hot breakfast on a Sunday morning, Xcel will reward you for taking steps to reduce that energy consumption in the form of rebates. Discounts exist for any number
of insulation jobs, even getting an energy audit which tells you what areas of your home need improvement immediately and what can wait.
8. Health Benefits
Lower temperatures are proven to suppress your immune system. When we go outside in the middle of the winter, we don’t head out in shorts and a t-shirt. We bundle up! Living in a cold environment increases your chances of getting sick and if it is always cold where you live… you get the idea.
Insulating your home can Cut Energy Costs, Reduce CO2 Emissions, and Increase Comfort. To understand the problem areas of your home you need to conduct a “home energy audit” which will give you a read on how insulated your home is. If you constantly ask yourself “why do I keep turning the heat up if it does nothing” or “why are the rooms and floors in my house different temperatures” It is time for a Home Energy Audit.