There are many benefits of home insulation. Insulating your home will add to your comfort, create a healthier home environment, reduce your energy bills and have a positive environmental impact.
One Green Solution works with two types of insulation. We only offer the best products and spend time with our clients to educate them on the benefits and long term savings of adding proper insulation to their homes. Our goal is to give you the best products, offering long-term benefits while keeping our promise of using only environmentally friendly eco-materials.
Adding insulation to your home is a great way to increase the comfort of your living environment. Adding home insulation to an existing home will regulate the temperature, making your living environment more enjoyable, especially in places of extreme weather.
Adding home insulation to an existing home will also increase sound control. Insulation creates a sound barrier, keeping unwanted sounds out and protecting your privacy by keeping the sounds from inside your home from being audible outside. Insulating your home also creates a moisture barrier, keeping unwanted moisture out of your house.
This will protect all of your possessions indoors and create a much more comfortable living environment inside. Another benefit of home insulation is keeping environmental pollutants and allergens out of your home. Home insulation creates an added barrier between you and the outside world, keeping your home environment regulated, healthy and comfortable.
Insulation is the best investment you can make in a long-term residence. Even if you go for more expensive materials and pay a hefty price upfront, you're almost sure to recoup that money with lower utility bills over time. If you don't have the money to do your entire house, consider one area at a time.
Insulation is broken into four categories. The choice of insulation you make largely depends on the area you need to insulate, your home’s climate location, the current R-value of your home, and your budget.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation seals leaks and gaps inside existing walls and is the perfect solution for those who are looking for a relatively inexpensive way to fix a larger problem while increasing their home's R-value.
- How it works: Liquid polyurethane is sprayed into the cavity of the wall, where it then hardens and transforms into a solid foam.
- Types of foam: Spray foam comes in two varieties: half-pound open-cell foam and a more dense type called two-pound closed-cell foam. Of the two, the two-pound variety does a better job at insulating but isn't always the right choice for the job or the budget.
- Benefits of spray foam: Of all the foam insulators, closed-cell foam has the highest R-value of any insulator you can buy, up to R6 per inch. Furthermore, spray foam takes up much less space than fiberglass or comparable blown-ins. It should also be noted that, when done properly, spray foam can save you as much as $500 a year in energy costs.
Blown-in insulation has been used for many decades in homes all over the United States. It is usually made from a paper-like material known as white cellulose, which is usually processed from reclaimed and recycled newspapers, cardboard and so on. It works very well and has a higher than average R-value, depending on the depth blown.
- How it works: A mechanical blower is attached to a corresponding box full of cellulose. The user points where they want their insulation to go and fills the space.
- Types of blown-in insulation: Though there are several types of blown-in insulation available, the most common is a borate-treated Class I type called loose-fill, consisting of pelleted cellulose.
- Benefits of blown-in insulation: When packed densely into place, fire-proof cellulose loose-fill insulates very well. It is also easily blown into tight places, further increasing the R-value (10" = an R-value of 36). It is also moisture resistant, and the borate keeps insects and other vermin at bay.
Cost Benefits of Insulating Your Home
Insulating your home also has cost benefits to you as a homeowner. With added insulation, your home will become much more energy-efficient. Insulation will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This will reduce the amount of heating and cooling appliances you need to use to keep your home comfortable. Because of this, home insulation will reduce your energy bills and the costs of cooling and heating your home.
Environmental Benefits of Home Insulation
Another benefit of insulating your home is a reduced environmental impact. With an insulated home, you will be using less energy for heating and cooling your home. This will reduce your carbon footprint, and also reduce the number of chemicals released into the environment from air conditioning units.
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