The Benefits of Insulation
Do you know the reasons to insulate your home? A properly designed and installed insulation system offers immediate and long-term benefits.Insulation protects your equipment, your system, and your budget and can reduce energy cost and the strain it can put on your mechanical systems.
- Prevents moisture condensation
- Reduces capacity and size of new mechanical equipment
- Enhances performance and efficiency of mechanical heating and cooling systems
- Reduces emissions of pollutants
- Acoustical performance: reduces noise levels
- Maximizes return on investment (ROI)
- Fire Protection
Energy Savings: Insulation Reduces Energy Costs
A properly insulated home immediately reduces the need for energy usage and results in significant savings. A properly insulated, and maintained system significantly reduces energy costs, which saves money and protects the environment. An unbelievable amount of energy is lost through attics, crawlspaces and air leak penetrations around doors and windows. As well as electrical and plumbing penetrations that penetrate the attic plane. It seems to be one of those maintenance things that never gets done—until somebody can demonstrate what it is costing to ignore the uninsulated home.
Another insulation benefit is that a properly installed insulation system immediately reduces the need for high energy lost through the attic plane and results in significant savings. One of certified energy auditors can document the actual Btu/dollars savings and calculate potential savings with an insulation and air sealing upgrade.
- Impressive Return on Investment: Insulation Is a Quick Payback
- Reduced energy cost means improved return on investment
- Addition of insulation can be the most cost-effective means of reducing high energy costs in your home
A properly installed insulation system provides an excellent return on investment and quick payback through cost savings. Insulation is a low-risk investment because the savings and the payback can be forecasted with a high degree of accuracy. Most utility companies offer rebates as well, for performing energy efficiency upgrades up to 1200.00 dollars Insulation is one of the few technologies where the payback for the investment is considered more than acceptable when compared to many other equipment or maintenance purchases. If the insulated home is maintained, the savings from the investment continue for the life of the home. In fact, on average most homeowners loose between 400-600 dollars through heating and cooling bills due to an improperly insulated attic or crawlspace. The return on investment or payback for an investment in insulation is quick, often from 2 years to 4 years.
Control Condensation with Insulation
Insulation with a good vapor barrier controls condensation. In basements and crawlspaces with ductwork this can prevent ductwork from condensation and creating rust or mildew from building up. Sufficient thickness is needed to keep the surface temperature above the dew point temperature of the ambient air.
- Keep surface temperatures above dew point.
- Prevent costly moisture damage to building materials
- Prevent mold and mildew growth and the potential for health problems resulting from water condensate
Protect the Environment by Reducing Pollutant Emissions with Insulation
- Use a well-designed and insulated system for greenhouse gas reduction.
- Lower energy use means less pollution (particulate, VOCs, Carbon monoxide, etc.).
- Improved performance of pollution control equipment.
Insulation reduces energy consumption, which means that less fossil fuel is burned to produce that energy. This, in turn, decreases the amount of polluting gases such as carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Because carbon dioxide is one of the principal gases contributing to global warming, and insulation plays a significant role in protecting the environment. Insulation is not generally associated with pollution control. If energy is saved, then all of the pollution associated with the generation of that energy is also saved. And, given the amount of energy reduced by the use of insulation—and the fact that we now have tools to calculate the emission reduction numbers with the use of insulation—emission reduction is a significant benefit of insulating in today’s green environment. Call us or email us today for your HOME ENERGY AUDIT or with any other questions.