The warm weather is here again, so it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is as energy efficient and comfortable as it can be! Making your home more energy efficient is important, both for the environment and for your utility bills. And insulation installation is one of the best ways to go about it – did you know home insulation can reduce cooling and heating costs by up to 50%?
What Benefits Does Home Insulation Offer?
Maximized energy efficiency and lower energy bills are some of the biggest benefits home insulation offers, but that’s not all. Other benefits of insulation range from soundproofing to AC efficiency. Re-insulating your home (and making sure your new house has the right amount of insulation installed) can:
- Make your home more comfortable year round
- Reduce outside noises
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Improve the efficiency of your air conditioner
- Help with condensation, mold growth, and other moisture issues
- Increase the resale value of your home
During the summer, heat enters your home through several different areas – the ceilings, walls, windows, doors, and even cracks and gaps between seams in your home’s envelope.
In fact, when you re-insulate, you might as well seal up any air leaks in your home’s envelope as well. Air leaks in your home decrease the effectiveness of insulation. If your home has the right amount of insulation but also has a bunch of tiny holes and cracks where air is leaking in and out, your home energy efficiency efforts are going right out the window! Most professional insulators actually recommend air sealing in addition to home insulation – many companies even offer both!
Other Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency
Although home insulation is one of the best ways to maximize energy savings, there are some other easy things you can do. These include:
- Changing your air filters every month
- Using zoned air conditioners
- Using fans when possible
- Only running the dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads
- Using a programmable thermostat
- Using energy efficient appliances
- Trading your incandescent bulbs for CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs)
- And more!