18. November 2014 · Comments Off on Benefits of Home Insulation · Categories: DIY Energy Saving

In an effort to increase savings on power and heating bills, home owners are being more perceptive and aware that devices that change the temperature to living comfortably are not the sole focus for scrutiny when trying to decipher why the utility bill has run up so high. It has come apparent that the proper care of the entire living sphere contributes to whether ample heat or cold is available without under or over utilizing air-conditioners, water heaters and alike. Insulation of homes is a very wise investment if one studies and strategically locates and places the correct type of insulation as needed. An analogy of how insulation works is blowing up a balloon. If even a tiny hole is present and unnoticed, the person blowing it up would have to increase the frequency and force of breath in order to meet the desired size. However, even if it does meet the desired size, it won’t stay long. In the end, it would leave the person exhausted, without anything to show for it. Insulation is keeping unwanted heat and cold out, while keeping the needed warmth and coolness in, without over exerting machines and maximizing the needed temperature in the homes, and in the end creating 20% to 30% percent savings on power bills.

Upgrading one’s windows to modern dual pane are beneficial. These windows have an insulating gas between the two panes that reduces the temperature of the sun’s rays on hot days.  Reflective coatings such as E Low are also available as well as tints that prevent heat from being transferred inside while keeping the coolness in. Even specially designed frames of vinyl are an option for they diffuse heat better than traditional wooden ones.

Attics and ceilings are also of concern since the sun’s ray directly strikes them causing the home to get hotter due to the heat penetration and by the evenings, quite the opposite happens as the heat moves out thus creating cold. By using flexible materials or fibers, rock wool and others with insulating properties, blankets can be laid out beneath floor boards and under the roof to keep needed temperatures stable and consistent.

Cavities in walls can also be targeted as they can contain heat pockets and allow heat to pass through them. Loose-fill insulation that is composed of cellulose, fiber pellets, fiberglass and even rock wool can be blown into these places to make sure cavities are insulated. Hard to reach or fill places utilize this kind of insulation.

Water heater’s use can be maximized by having the pipes wrapped in foam insulation that prevents the heat loss when the water travels through the pipes and out the faucets or shower head. Even the heater itself can be covered properly to keep the heat in. However when dealing with machinery, it is best to consult the manufacturer or installer as to avoid any accidents.

It is important to note that going on a total renovation of adding insulation everywhere is not the key. A careful study and energy audit should be done to find the exact locations where energy is transferred and lost. Like do you need to insulate windows where the sun doesn’t strike? Also the type of insulation should be considered as well as the R-value. R-value is the measurement of the insulation. The higher the number, the more heat resistant it will be. Getting the right one is also the solution in helping lowering the power bills.

With all things in consideration as well as the proper maintenance of the home, machinery and insulation, one can expect a 30% or more drop in power consumption. So in the long run, getting insulation for one’s home is truly a wise investment and at the same time, you are working with nature and balancing it in everyday living.