Heating and cooling account for up to 70% of the energy used in the typical home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are the main causes of energy loss in most homes.
Depending on the age of your home, the number of floors, number of heating & cooling zones etc. your current insulation may no longer be effective against heat transfer.
Building Codes from even just over a decade ago did not take into account the current state of energy price increases and projected shortages.
What Does Insulation Do?
- Saves money on household energy bills.
- Helps conserve our nation’s limited energy resources.
- Increases the comfort of your home by helping to maintain a uniform temperature
- Acts as a hedge against continuing energy increases
- Makes your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
The amount of energy you save will depend on several factors: size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems and so on.
How Does Insulation Work?
Heat naturally seeks cold. In winter, heat moves from heated living areas to colder areas such as the attic, garage, basement and eventually to the outside. During the summer, heat moves from outside to the inside of the house through walls, the roof and attic, windows, doors and through breaks in the thermal boundary of the home.
In order to maintain a comfortable temperature in a home, heat lost in winter is replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer is typically removed by your homes air conditioner.
By properly insulating your attic, basement or crawl space, walls and floors, you decrease the transfer of heat from living space to non living space and thereby reduce the amount of heating or cooling needed in your home. This means an increase in comfort and overall reduction in costs associated with heating and cooling. Adding insulation is one of the most cost effective ways to to reduce energy costs and increase the comfort of your home.