The importance of a properly insulated home cannot be overstated when it comes to savings and home health. Insulation not only will help to maintain a low-toxin living environment with good air quality, but it can also lower monthly heating and cooling costs dramatically.
The Importance and Benefits of Insulation
Having your old insulation inspected and replaced with new, high R-value insulation can result in several great benefits:
1. Regulate Temperature
Insulation works to prevent the transfer of heat through the walls, ceiling, and floor of your attic or crawl space. When some rooms are better insulated than others, you’ll find that the air temperature from room to room can change dramatically. Cold floors, cold walls, or excessive heat in the upstairs and attic areas are signs that your home is not regulating temperature well.
This air transfer causes your heating and cooling systems to work overtime to compensate for the energy loss. The installation of new insulation, however, in key areas of your home, help to regulate the house temperatures and thereby reduce your energy costs.
2. Block Moisture
Holes or cracks in an attic or crawl space can allow moisture and water to enter and settle into the structure of your home. Mold and mildew thrive in the dim, warm conditions of the attic, crawl space, and wall cavities. The presence of mold and mildew drastically decrease the air quality of your home and encourage decay to the structure. Proper air sealing and the correct choice of insulation can lock out moisture and keep your attic and crawl space dry and toxin free.
3. Save Money
Homes that lack proper insulation must ultimately spend more money on their energy bills. Families that invest in attic and crawl space insulation can enjoy an average energy savings of 30% – 80% (depending upon the condition of old insulation), simply because the insulation enables their homes to be more energy efficient. In such cases, the insulation installation pays for itself within months.
Best Type of Insulation
Spray foam insulation is by far of the most effective forms of insulation on the market today. Spray foam insulation is created when two composite materials react to each other and form a dense, expansive foam.
1. Strong insulator
Not only does spray foam have the highest R-value on the market, but this expansive material fills and seals any cracks, holes, or hard-to-reach places. This further prevents the air transfer of heat and moisture into your home.
2. Protects against moisture
Unlike fiberglass or cellulose insulation, spray foam insulation is completely water resistant. Not only can it seal and protect your attic and crawl space from moisture, but it’s unique compound structure provides no opportunity for mold or mildew to grow.
3. Deters Rodents
The hard exterior of closed-cell spray foam insulation deters pests from trying to nest in it or use the material for nest building. This results in a lower chance of your home experiencing a rodent infestation.
To learn more about insulation and what might work best for you, download our free eBook guide, “The Homeowners Insulation Handbook” to learn more.
If you’re not sure about whether or not your home needs new insulation, you can have your attic and crawl spaces inspected by one of our insulation experts here at Clean Crawls. We can advise you as to if new insulation will benefit you, what type of insulation would fit your needs best, and offer a quote for our expert insulation installation services.
To learn more, contact us at 866-518-7058 or fill out our contact form.