So many homes in the United States aren't properly insulated. This is especially true if your home was constructed before the mid-seventies when building efficiency codes changed dramatically. Sealing all of those gaps, holes and cracks or having more insulation blown into your walls isn't just a way to pass the time on a Saturday—it's a way to improve your quality of life in so many ways. Here's a look at the true power of proper insulation and its benefits.
Do you shiver in the living room but have to take off your sweater when you spend time in the bedroom? With better insulation, your home's temperature will stay more even throughout, thanks to the absence of drafts. Insulation also provides a noise barrier, so you don't have to listen to noisy neighbors or traffic all day.
Better Control of Humidity
High humidity leads to mold and mildew, and low humidity makes you itchy. Your HVAC system works to keep humidity under control, but it can only do so much if air is leaking in from outside due to a lack of insulation. Upgrade your insulation, and you'll have better luck keeping your humidity in the recommended 30-50% range.
Lower Energy Bills
Less heat loss leads to lower energy bills. You'll save in the summer, too, since your air conditioned air won't be leaking outside.
Less Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System
Not only do you save money when you trap the heat in, but you also decrease the workload on your furnace and air conditioner. Less wear and tear on these units transfers to fewer repairs and a longer life expectancy before you have to replace them.
Fewer Roof Leaks
When your attic, in particular, is poorly insulated, snow melts on your roof and re-freezes at the edges, forming ice dams that contribute to leaks and roof breakdown. Adding more insulation to your home is easier than replacing a roof!
If you're ready to upgrade your insulation, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth. As a full-service insulation contractor, we offer spray foam, blown-in, and cellulose insulation, among other options.