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The housing enclosure is what separates the controlled environment (inside) from the uncontrolled environment (outside.) The layer between the inside of the wall and the outside of the wall has insulation (or at least should have insulation.)
Insulation's primary job is to slow heat flow from room to room in your house. You want to slow this movement of heat and capture it in one place to keep the temperature the same throughout. On the contrary, constantly moving air will cause an uneven temperature throughout your home.
Air Leakage is a major concern for most homes simply because of their size and year they were built. Some homes, surprisingly, have no insulation in them whatsoever. There is a lot of room for error when it comes to air leaking into and out of your home, especially during the winter months.
Insulating your home can seem like a hassle and carry an extra expense, however, the repercussions of not having sufficient insulation in your home carry a larger expense over just a few months.
So here are 5 benefits that come with insulating your home properly:
1) Save 25% to 75% of Heat in Your Home
Waking up in the morning is when it is most apparent. Your room is freezing, and then you get out of bed just to step on those cold floors which carry all the way into the kitchen. The biggest challenge to overcome those cold mornings is to prevent airflow to different rooms. Preventing airflow comes down to proper 'R-Value' of insulation that your type of home requires which is dependent upon where you live and how many months out of the year Winter is present.
2) Lower your Heating Bill
By keeping more heat inside your home during the winter, decreases the number of times the heat has to kick on, resulting in lower utility bills and putting more money in your pocket.
3) Increases Comfort
Having a more comfortable living space is why homeowners have insulation work done. You work hard to pay for your mortgage so make your space as comfortable as possible to live in.
4) Enhance the Value of Your Home
Home values rise at an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills. When it comes time to sell your home the amount of money you put into an insulation job will pay you back tenfold. Even if you aren't going to sell your home, steadily increasing the value of your home is a benefit.
5) Health Benefits
Lower temperatures are proven to suppress your immune system. When we go outside in the middle of winter, we do not head out in shorts and a t-shirt. We bundle up! Living in a cold environment increases your chances of getting sick and if it is always cold where you live... you get the idea.
"Why do I keep turning the heat up if it does nothing?"
If you are constantly asking yourself, "Why do I keep turning the heat up if it does nothing?" or "Why are the rooms and the floors in my house different temperatures?" Maybe it is time for a Home Energy Audit.
Insulating your home can cut energy costs, reduce CO2 emissions and increase comfort. To understand the problem areas of your home you need to conduct a Home Energy Audit, which will give you a better idea of why your energy bill is so high and why your home never seems to be as comfortable as it should.