Installing new insulation in your home brings with it many potential benefits that could positively impact the quality of your life. New insulation can also save you a lot of money on your energy expenses, improve your health by preventing mold growth in your home, and even reduce noise pollution so you can live in peace and quiet.
If your goals in homeownership include staying healthy, conserving resources, and showing off the beauty of your home, then it might be the right time to consider installing new insulation.
There are several primary reasons for installing new insulation.
1) Energy Savings (Costs)
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 49 percent of a home’s energy bill is spent on heating in the winter and cooling during the summer. You could be experiencing higher than normal utility costs because your home is not properly insulated.
A well-insulated home is the best way to keep your power bill manageable by enhancing the energy efficiency of your HVAC unit.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the typical homeowner can save 15 percent on heating and cooling expenses with the right insulation. This comes to 11 percent of your total energy costs by simply installing insulation in the crawl spaces, attic, and basement.
It makes sense to pocket as much savings as possible when it comes to energy efficiency. It seems that every year we are experiencing utility rate hikes. This trend is expected to continue.
Re-insulating your home now is a practical way to protect yourself from skyrocketing energy costs in the months and years to come.
Insulation is one of the most effective tools for mold prevention. It manages a home’s temperature and moisture, which inhibits mold growth. If installed correctly, insulation will support dry, temperature-controlled conditions that prevent mold from growing.
Mold requires three conditions to grow:
- Humidity and general relative humidity of 60 percent or more will allow for mold growth.
- Warm temperatures. Warmer air holds more moisture than cool air.
- Source of food – any biodegradable material.
In your walls and around your HVAC system, warm, moist air comes in contact with cooler surfaces and condenses. This condensation and the warm indoor temperatures provide the perfect conditions for mold spores to germinate.
Insulation is the first line of defense against the creation of moisture in your home.
However, this requires properly specified, designed, and installed insulation.
Selecting the right type of insulation is the most important step in avoiding mold growth. Among the insulation types worth considering are cellulose, fiberglass, or icynene.
Keep in mind that to prevent mold growth, choosing the proper insulation for the environment where it is being used is important.
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3) Noise Pollution
The right insulation will also help to reduce noise, like construction work or traffic. In order to decrease the amount of unwanted noise in your living spaces, a material that encloses the source of the noise needs to form a barrier. This barrier absorbs vibrations between the source and the nearby areas. This is how good-quality insulation can lessen the noise level in your home.
It is helpful to keep in mind that only certain types of insulation can reduce or eliminate outside noise. For example, fiberglass insulation is very effective at reducing impact noise. There is also spray foam, which is known as one of the best types of insulation to eliminate noise from outside your home. It blocks out unwanted sounds and keeps in good noise.
In addition to lessening outdoor noise, spray foam insulation will also block out noise from other rooms in your home. Spray foam sets itself apart from other types of insulation because it expands into every crevice of the wall interior, which allows it to block out all unnecessary sounds.
If your insulation is so worn that you have exposed air conditioning and plumbing lines, then you know it’s time to replace your insulation. By installing new insulation, you could significantly improve the appearance of your home.
For example, adding insulation to a siding job will significantly improve the appearance by leveling the wall underneath.
Look to 3Rs Construction & Remodeling for High Quality Insulation Installs
Let 3Rs Construction help you with replacing or installing new insulation.
We provide expert installation of many types of insulation. 3Rs can help prepare your home for the changing seasons of the Salem, Oregon climate by upgrading your home’s insulation.
Whether it’s to save money on energy expenses, eliminate mold growth, decrease noise pollution or improve appearance, 3Rs Construction & Remodeling has the tools and experience to install the right type of insulation for your home.
Call us at (503) 363-1059, so we can get started on helping you install and replace your insulation today!