Having proper insulation in your home is vital for several reasons, and unfortunately, many homes don’t. To maximize your home’s energy efficiency and to avoid paying a ridiculously high energy bill, insulation definitely matters.
Importance of proper insulation
Proper insulation keeps the home cool during the summer and warm during the winter, creating a consistent temperature throughout your home, adding thermal comfort, and reducing unwanted heat loss. A house with poor insulation can experience mold, air leakage, or uneven temperatures, making the home uncomfortable and unhealthy.
The four main benefits of having a properly insulated home:
- Reduce heating and cooling costs
- Create a healthier indoor environment
- Reduce noise pollution
- Protect against ice dams
When properly installed, insulation provides a protective barrier against outside temperature changes while moderating the inside temperature—no matter the weather conditions.
Types of insulation
When insulating your home, you can choose from many types of insulation. To choose the best kind of insulation, you should first determine where you want or need to install/add insulation.
Different types of insulation include:
- Loose-fill and blown-in
- Foam board or rigid foam
- Concrete block insulation
- Spray foam
- Blanket insulation
- Fiber insulation
How do you know if you have proper insulation?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 42% of a homeowner’s utility bill is spent on heating and cooling costs, and that number increases drastically when your home isn’t insulated properly. Here are a few signs your home is under-insulated:
- Fluctuating temperatures
- High energy bills
- Cold ceilings, walls, floors, and rooms
- Chilly drafts
- Water leaks in the attic
- Ice dams on the roof
- Frozen pipes
Insulation has a much more significant impact on the average home’s energy and comfort than windows or doors.
If you are worried about your home’s insulation and are experiencing any signs of improper insulation, reach out to Palladium Roofing to schedule an inspection.