Will Insulating my Home Save me Money?

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Are you considering investing in green sources of energy for your home? Do you want to maximize natural resources and save hundreds on energy bills? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you.

Insulation is one of the most cost-efficient ways to save energy and reduce your energy bill. Ensuring that your home is insulated correctly will keep you from spending a lot of money on a powerful energy system.

A well-insulated house will need very little additional heating in the winter and minimal cooling in the summer. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners could save up to 15% on heating and cooling costs, or almost $200 per year. In colder parts of the country, savings could increase by up to 20%.

You should also consider getting proper insulation because it gives your property a higher market value. You may also be given tax incentives to help you finance the upgrades.

What are the benefits of good home insulation?

Insulating your home may seem like a daunting task that carries an enormous expense. However, there are many options available to suit your situation. Proper insulation has a lot of other benefits besides lowering your energy bill.

  1. Heat saver

Proper home insulation allows you to save 75% of the heat in your home by preventing the airflow from traveling between rooms that causes cold temperature.

Each home has different “R-values” of insulation needed in controlling airflow. The same values that homes in Kentucky require are not the same as those located in Connecticut. Factors that affect these values also include how many months winter lasts at the home’s location.

  1. Reduction of carbon footprint

Proper insulation helps reduce the amount of power your home consumes, which lowers the consumption of fossil fuels. This leads to a lower amount of carbon dioxide produced.

Dr. Jonathan Levy, a professor of Environmental Health at Boston University, said that if all homes were equipped with insulation, there would be a 5 percent reduction in electricity consumption nationwide and a 10 percent reduction in the use of natural gas.

  1. Higher market value

Proper insulation raises your home’s value by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in utility bills per year. The cost of insulating your home would be paid back many times when you decide to sell your property.

  1. Health benefits

Cold weather also affects our bodies negatively as it suppresses our immune system. Proper home insulation provides you with a warmer environment and reduces the chances of you getting sick.

  1. Tailor Fit to Your Budget

There is an insulation solution for most homes, regardless of how long ago it was built. Home insulation is typically done in tiers to give homeowners more breathing room in terms of budgeting. This system also lets homeowners avoid high upfront costs and gain maximum return on their investments.

  1. Comfort

Getting up during cold, winter mornings can sometimes be painful. Homes without proper insulation tend to have floors cold as ice. Insulating your home will give you a more comfortable living space and warmer floors that won’t hurt to walk on during the cold months.

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What are the different types of home insulation?

Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose insulation works by placing plant fibers inside your home’s walls and roof cavities. This type of insulation reduces heat loss and increases heat gain while simultaneously protecting from draughts. It also lowers the amount of free noise that gets inside your home.

Dense pack cellulose insulation is particularly useful in sealing walls and preventing air from flowing into a room. Cellulose insulation has also been found to provide a 26.4% reduction of heat energy loss over time than fiberglass insulation. Homes fitted with cellulose insulation are observed to be 20-30% more efficient in conserving energy used to produce heat.

This type of insulation also helps in preventing mold. Real-world applications have observed that there was no mold seen despite long-term exposure to water saturation or improper installation of the insulation.

Two-Part Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Polyutherane Foam (SPF) insulation is a type of insulation that uses a mix of different chemicals to produce spray-applied foam. Upon contact, the chemicals immediately react and expand to cover the opening and insulate the area, providing a moisture barrier against airflow.

The foam is handy in covering contoured surfaces and provides continuous barriers on walls and around corners. SPF also resists heat transfer effectively and sufficiently reduces airflow passing through cracks and seams.

This type of insulation uses two mixtures of liquids that provide a chemical reaction that forms SPF. One is a combination of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI). The second mixture is made up of polyols, catalysts, blowing agents, flame retardants, and surfactants.

Despite the utility, SPF poses a threat with its highly toxic chemicals. However, professionals installing the insulation give their customers guidelines on the entire process of equipping their homes with two-part spray foam insulation. This allows homeowners to understand the risks and avoid any unnecessary health issues properly.

Personnel who will be fitting homes with SPF insulation also advise homeowners to minimize or altogether remove themselves from the premises during the foam’s installation. Professionals recommend that homes be left unoccupied during the installation process and for a set amount of time afterward to ensure that the area is safe.

Want to insulate your home? Crossfield Heating can help you find the best energy and comfort solution for your home and budget. We provide a professional service at any time of the day. Our company has been Rochester’s most trusted in providing heating and cooling services for over 25 years.

Whether you’re looking for preventive maintenance or more information on proper insulation, Crossfield Heating can help you find the perfect solution for your home in the fastest time possible! Are you ready to invest in your property? Contact us today!