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February 23, 2015
Colorado homeowners who want to make positive changes and make their homes more energy-efficient should consider insulating their homes. Insulation has several qualities that help to make it ideal for making homes temperately comfortable as well as energy-efficient. While you might not be able to see insulation, it does an essential job of helping to keep the premises temperature-controlled. Consider six key reasons why proper insulation makes Colorado homes more energy-efficient.
1. Energy-efficient materials
Generally insulation is made from materials such as fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool that over time have been proven to be energy efficient materials. These materials begin saving energy from the moment they are installed and do not stop for the entire life of the structure they are insulating. According to NAIMA, all insulated products in buildings in the United States collectively save consumers about 12 quadrillion BTUs annually, which is equivalent to 42% of the energy that would have been used without it. In simpler terms, it is the equivalent of seven barrels of oil per year per person in the United States.
2. Air infiltration
As much as 40% of a home's energy is lost because of air infiltration issues. When there are gaps and holes in the house, air can escape through these spaces, which causes energy bills to be high and resources being wasted. Installing insulation will provide a plug for these passageways and prevent air from moving through them. The result is a more energy-efficient household that can save money on energy costs
3. Seals off cool air and moisture in cooler month
One of the benefits of insulation is that it prevents water and moisture from infiltrating the home. If water and moisture are allowed to seep into the home during the winter, the result will be a cold and drafty home. A homeowner’s reaction to this occurrence will naturally be to adjust the thermostat. Constantly increasing the temperature in the home results in higher energy usage and costs. It is also good to reduce the moisture that get into a home because it can lead to mold and other unhealthy conditions.
4. Seals off cool air and moisture in warm months
In the warmer months, the result is similar. Warm air and moisture seeping into the house in the summertime results in stuffy and humid temperatures in the house, which can cause those who dwell in the house to turn the air conditioning up frequently to attempt to lower the indoor temperature and make it more comfortable. Just like with adjusting the heat, continually adjusting the air conditioner results in higher energy usage and cost. Using insulation that is installed and sealed properly will help to keep the outdoor air and moisture from seeping into the home and therefore make the home more energy efficient. It will stay cooler throughout the summer season because air conditioning is not seeping out.
5. Increase of window area
When a home or other type of building is insulated it allows for there to be more window area on the structure. When there are more windows, there can be more reliance on daylight, which then reduces the need for non-natural light sources that require large amounts of energy to work. The reduced amount of energy usage can add up over time and result in a significant money savings in electricity costs. For commercial properties it is further beneficial to have increased window area due to having a well-insulated building. It can increase their green building standards, which leads the way to certifications that indicate they are an energy conscious building.
6. Impact on greenhouse gasses
A well-insulated structure has a positive impact on its greenhouse gas emissions. Insulation automatically causes the amount of greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced. Insulation helps to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by up to 780 tons per year, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity used by over 90 million homes annually. Imagine the difference everyone could make if they ensured their homes were properly insulated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Commercial facilities can let customers know they have gone green, which can boost a business' reputation.
Insulation is the easiest and most cost-effective way for homeowners to make sure their home is energy-efficient. By having an energy efficient home, residents of Colorado can enjoy comfortable temperatures in the house, more healthy air filtration, and also help to improve the environment. There are so many benefits to insulating a home that any Colorado resident who does not already have a well-insulated home should consider installing insulation as soon as possible. The initial investment is typically affordable and you can realize a serious return on this investment by saving on energy costs for years to come.
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