Insulation Basics

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE with insulation is very simple. Think of it as a blanket wrapped around your house: Starting with your ceiling, insulate across the attic with a nice thick blanket, then down the wall, all the way to the floor of your basement or crawlspace with insulation. By installing insulation along these exterior surfaces, heat inside your home takes much longer to make its way through the “blanket” of insulation. The heat stays inside, making you more comfortable. Your heating system doesn’t have to come on nearly as often as it used to, so you save money on heating costs.

Insulation simply keeps warm areas away from cold areas for as long as possible. That’s why it also works in the summer. Now the heat is outside, and the cool is inside, and the insulation is in-between, keeping the warm and cool temperatures apart from each other. The better insulated your structure is, the less energy it takes to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Insulation and Your Wallet

Whenever you’re saving energy, you’re saving money. In fact, the federal government estimates that a typical home can save 20% or more on its energy bills. Think about saving 20% month after month after month. It really adds up, and at some point you realize the insulation has actually paid for itself. What else can you spend money on that actually pays itself back?We’re happy to say that insulation is one of those incredibly rare things. With our experience, the savings can be even higher, since there are also air-infiltration measures we can take, like caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows. Sealing ductwork at the seams where the sections fit together will help put the heat where it’s supposed to go, and not allow it to leak out and waste energy.

Insulation and the Environment

Insulation also helps with the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels—resulting in less carbon and the other by-products of combustion entering our atmosphere. These and other energy-saving measures are exactly the things we can all do to help alleviate climate change. It’s a small thing you can do as an individual, but add up the efforts of millions of people and it becomes a very big deal.

What You Can Do

When considering how to make your home or business more green or more efficient, one of the first things to think of is improving your insulation. Start by making sure you’re wasting as little energy as possible in the first place. Conserving as much of the energy you currently use is one of the most efficient, cost-effective things you can do. All energy improvements that follow will work better and have a bigger impact because you started with a good thermal “foundation.”

We can help you whether you own a home, a small business, a large industrial park or live in a cave! Feel free to contact us by phone or email and take that first step toward energy independence and a greener future.