The Ways Solid Insulation Can Keep Your Home Comfortable

Solid insulation in every house is a win-win for homeowners and for the good of the environment. The Department of Energy estimates that 90% of homes in the United States are underinsulated by current standards. In addition, heating and cooling consumes between 50% and 70% of the energy used by the typical home.

Solid insulation forms the all-season front line of home efficiency. Insulation prevents wasted energy before it happens, holding heat inside during winter and keeping it outside in summer. Other factoids that demonstrate the importance of having the right type and amount of insulation include:

  • Increased efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that quality, intact, structural insulation conserves more energy than the combined savings provided by energy-efficient lighting, Energy Star-rated appliances, and insulated windows.
  • Sealing the gaps. Air-sealing typically accompanies upgrading insulation. Eliminating holes and gaps reduces infiltration of outdoor air,  protects indoor air quality, and keeps out insects and other pests.
  • Mold and mildew prevention. In winter, adequate insulation retains heat inside the structure. This prevents condensation on surfaces of building materials in areas such as the attic. Drier wooden structures deter the growth of toxic mold, mildew, and rot.
  • Less HVAC wear and tear. Insulation keeps indoor temperatures more stable. This reduces on/off cycles of the furnace or central air conditioner, which, in turn, promotes longer service life of these expensive components.
  • Quieter indoor environment. Most forms of insulation reduce the level of outdoor noise intruding into the house.
  • Increased market value. Depending on your local climate, upgrading the amount and quality of insulation can boost market value should you ever decide to sell the house. In some cases, the higher sale price will offset the cost of insulation.

Ask Paitson Bros. for more about the benefits of quality, solid insulation in your home. For 100 years, we’ve been the Wabash Valley’s source for straightforward advice about solid insulation and reliable HVAC sales and service.

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