Insulation: Minding Your Vacation Home and Going Green
Did you know that perhaps the best way to keep your home energy bills down also happens to be one of the greenest? Using insulation in your home may sound obvious, like it is something everyone has.
In fact, if your home was built before 1978, there is a strong possibility that it is un-insulated or under-insulated, which can lead to a significant waste of energy and soaring utility bills.
To give you an idea of how beneficial insulation is to the environment, the US currently eliminates three-quarters of a billion tons of carbon monoxide every year through using insulation in buildings, approximately the pollution of 150 coal-fired power plants.
Benefits of Insulation
On the most basic level, insulation functions like a sleeping bag for your home: it keeps warm air inside your home and helps keep colder air out. As the warm air in your home rises through the ceiling or otherwise moves out of your home, insulation traps that air in small pockets that significantly slows its movement.
Different types of insulation possess different degrees heat-slowing ability, which is measured by its “R-value” per inch. Most standard building materials such as concrete or drywall, on their own, have low R-values, in the range of 0.5-1.0 per inch. Most common insulation materials have much higher R-values—about 2.1-7.7 per inch.
Which Insulation Is Right for You?
There are many types of insulation to choose from, so finding a good insulation that is in line with your needs and commitment to a green world is easy. Rock and slag wool insulation, for example, is highly effective at trapping warm air inside your home, and it can be moved, removed, recycled and reused.
The same is true of fiberglass insulation. Whether adding more insulation to your pre-existing insulation to make it more efficient, or insulating your home for the first time, insulation is an important step in making your green home more comfortable, cost-effective, and energy efficient.
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