When winter releases its frigid breath, the first thing we do is grab our warmest, most insulated coats. From down filling to the newest synthetic technology, insulation allows us to maintain comfort and protection during the year’s most brutal months. It’s also what keeps your home bone dry and toasty.
You don’t skimp on your winter coat, so why cut corners when it comes to your home? Proper insulation not only keeps your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, but it also saves you money. Here’s how.
Here’s a fact that will freeze you up faster than sitting on an icicle: 50% of a home’s heat will escape through its roof, walls, windows and floors—if it’s not insulated. The amount of money that goes out with it is immense. When you properly insulate your home, you are enabling the warm air from your furnace to remain filtering within the walls of your house without being lost, which will reduce gas and electricity bills, depending on the type of heating system you have.
Beyond saving you money, you’re contributing to lower energy emissions, which helps create a more environmentally friendly impact.
Where to Insulate
Since heat can escape through floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs, it’s important to insulate each of these parts of your home for optimal insulation. Even just having your walls insulated allows heat to escape through the other portals, which can end up hiking up your energy bills. Make sure you have each component properly insulated with the correct materials so when the cool months come, your bills won’t skyrocket.
Some of these processes can be more difficult than others. For example, homes built after 1920 have cavity walls, which are a small gap in between the two exterior walls of your property. Placing insulation in this space helps keep in at least 35% of heat. Homes built before this time have solid walls, which have no gap and allow heat to be lost at an even higher percentage. For these walls, insulation is added to the exterior walls. It may be a bit more expensive, but the cost is nothing compared to what you’ll save yearly.
Conversely, cool air will escape without insulation as well, leading to higher air conditioning bills in the summer and spring months. To keep your home at the optimal temperature all year round, make sure you have proper insulation in floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs, and be sure to find out when your home was built so you can prepare for insulation the right way.
Add a Seal for Additional Security
Insulation keeps air from moving through walls, floors, roofs, and ceilings, but a seal keeps air from flowing through holes and cavities within attics, walls, and floors. These smaller, sometimes indetectable crevices can cause major energy increase by even letting just a little heat and air out of your home. A seal will help keep things intact, and support the insulation installed for added savings.
The simple way to save money and help the environment is to insulate your home and seal it. One, two, done. Just like throwing on your biggest puffer coat, puffy, pink insulation is a surefire way to keep heat where you want it.