Written by Brad Crawford
Many North Texas homes need to add more insulation to reap the full benefits that come from adequately insulating your house. Upgrading home insulation is a relatively simple way to increase your house’s overall energy efficiency. Here are three of the primary benefits of adding insulation in key areas throughout the home.
- Increased comfort levels — Proper levels of insulation keep heated air inside the home during the winter and prevent warm air from entering your house during the summer. The best places to place extra insulation include attics and basements, floors over unheated or open spaces, and the walls between a living space and an unheated area such as a garage.
- Health — Increasing home insulation can provide important health benefits for everyone. A Harvard study found that in the wider population, upgrading home insulation results in a reduction in the amount of energy needed to heat and cool homes. This means a reduction in health problems caused by power plant emissions. The study found that better insulation ultimately leads to reduced asthma attacks and cardiovascular problems, in addition to lowering the number of days individuals restrict their daily activities for health reasons.
- Cost savings — Heating and cooling your house is responsible for at least 38 percent of a typical home’s total energy usage and probably a good deal more than that. By making your home more energy efficient through increasing the level of insulation, you will need less energy to heat and cool the house, which lowers your monthly utility costs.
In addition to these three important benefits, adding insulation also has the advantage of reducing the level of noise in the home, as sound moves far more easily between uninsulated areas than insulated rooms or spaces. Extra insulation also reduces condensation, the process where water vapor turns into a liquid, on walls and ceilings. For more information on upgrading home insulation and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Crawford Services. We provide superior HVAC services to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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