If you are considering a home insulation, you need to know whether it is worth it or not. Apart from regulating the temperature in your house, saving energy costs and reducing consumption, what other benefits, you might wonder, can insulation bring to your house?
We know that, in the winters, insulation helps us retain heat for longer within the homely confines of our house, and in the blistering summer months, it can help in retaining the cool from your AC. Those are the commonly known benefits of insulation, but before we take a detailed look at all the other benefits of insulation, let’s just try and understand how it all works.
Insulation simply means to protect from outside intrusions, be it air, water, or sound. The most common home insulations make sure that the trapped air, whether hot or cool, doesn’t escape easily. Made from materials that retain temperature, like wool and cotton fabrics, the insulator holds onto tiny air pockets and prevents their easy escape through the walls, attic, and slits in doors and windows.
In addition to providing retention for hot and cold air, proper insulation also makes your house more energy efficient, increases comfort, and prevents water leakage. If your house is poorly insulated, there is a significant chance that you will have hot and cold areas, which will impact the overall comfort of your space.
Below are some of the ways in which insulation will help you:
Prevents Water Damage
Flood risks compound when rains and thunderstorms become frequent occurrences in the summers. But if you don’t have proper flood insulation in place, your risks might just turn into disasters waiting to happen. You should learn more about the flood risks in your area before you go on taking flood insulating measures.
A closed-cell wall insulation can prevent water flowing through the cavity walls into your house. A cavity wall, as the name suggests, leaves out a cavity inside two walls, and is considered ideal for insulating against temperature, sound, and, of course, water.
Insulating the cavity wall prevents the growth of mold that results from the festering of water droplets and moist air on poorly insulated walls. One of the ways water damages can be prevented is by insulating the pipes in your home. Insulation sleeves for leaky water pipes helps prevent the water from making its way into the house. You can also use foam or rubber pipe insulations that are available in different lengths and use them according to requirements.
If your home is not properly insulated then you might find it hard to get out of the cold even when inside. Ratcheting up the temperature dial to turn the heat up can only do so much to warm your house, and given the lack of insulation, that heat will dissipate as soon as the dial is turned down for saving costs. Apart from the shooting energy bill, this strategy is not effective at cozying up your home.
Proper insulation will help you save on energy costs, while at the same time, help warm up your house. The attic is the primary source of heat dissipation, and insulating and sealing it can lead to energy efficiency and greater heat retention.
Blow-in or multi-layer insulation around the attic walls effectively reduces the occurrence of ice dams. Insulating the roof of your home also keeps the heat inside, which helps keep the environment inside your home warm.
Insulation doesn’t only help during the winters, as is commonly believed. In the sweltering heat of summer, when you turn your AC on, the cool from the AC may easily escape without proper insulation. Try as you might to control the temperature inside by turning the dial way down on your AC, your house just wouldn’t retain any coolness.
Using foam insulation, by blocking all the slits in doors and windows of your house, is a great way to prevent the cool air from escaping. Insulating in summers reduces energy costs and maintains a cool temperature inside. Reflective insulation will help deflect the heat coming in through the attic, leading to even more coolness inside.
As already mentioned a few times in passing, proper insulation leads to reductions in energy consumption and costs, resulting in savings for you. As your AC and heating systems expend less energy to cool and heat your home, respectively, and as the insulation traps the hot and cool air for longer, you will save a lot in energy costs.
For maximizing energy efficiency, you should insulate your home from the ground and basement all the up to the attic. For greater efficiency, call in an energy auditor, who will help you with energy expenditure assessments and suggest possible ways you can save even more in energy. With the rising energy costs, insulation can save you a lot, and as well as make your home warm in winters and cooler in the summers.
Protection against Fire
In addition to regulating temperatures, and saving energy, insulation can also protect your house against fires. However, it should be pointed out that the use of certain combustible insulating materials might even cause small fires to inflate into full-fledged conflagrations. Therefore, choosing the right, non-combustible insulating material is useful when insulating your house.
These non-combustible insulating materials are effective against fires as they block the spread of fires. Fiberglass, used in wooden frames, is one such material known to have non-combustible properties that can be used as protective insulation against fires. Mineral wool insulation is another type used where fire safety is a concern. It does not melt in high heat and can withstand temperatures of more than 1800 °F.
Insulation controls the flow of air, sound, and water in and out of a house. Although the benefits of insulation are commonly seasonal, there are certain other benefits to it that can prove to be life-saving in all seasons. From keeping your house warm, cool, sound-proofed, fire insulated, and saving you a fortune in energy costs, insulation protection extends beyond the variability of seasons.