One of the most important things you can do this fall is to make sure your home is properly insulated. Even if you have insulation, many homes don’t have enough, and so aren’t getting the full effects. Here are three benefits to improving home insulation that will help you through the Metro-East winter and throughout the year.
- Comfort. Insulation slows the flow of heat. In the winter, this helps keep the heat inside your home longer. In the summer, it keeps the heat out of the house. The best place to install insulation is in the attic, but if you really want to improve your home’s comfort, you can also put it under the floor to keep it warm, as well as in the walls to slow heat transfer from outside.
- Energy savings. Improving home insulation is a great investment. It’s inexpensive to buy and easy to install, and it can greatly help to reduce your energy bills. Since insulation keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, it reduces the load on your HVAC system, so it uses less energy. Furthermore, health studies have shown that the reduction in HVAC use brought about by proper insulation in a macro sense has an impact on the nation and world at large. Less energy used to heat homes means fewer power plant emissions. This reduces air pollution, which in turn helps to reduce asthma and other respiratory diseases.
- Noise reduction. Improving home insulation doesn’t just help keep your home comfortable; it can also provide you with the added benefits of peace and privacy. In addition to being a barrier for heat, insulation is a barrier to sound. It helps block out noise from outside, whether it’s a lawn mower on Saturday morning or the neighbors’ loud party on Friday night. Insulation in the walls also helps block the flow of noise from room to room within the house.
For more tips on improving home insulation, as well as general home comfort advice, contact our experts at Ernst Heating & Cooling. We’ve proudly served the Metro-East area’s HVAC needs since 1951.
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