Beating Inflation: How Proper Insulation Can Save You Money on Energy Bills - Heating Specialties

Beating Inflation: How Proper Insulation Can Save You Money on Energy Bills

They say money doesn’t grow on trees. Here at Heating Specialties, we also believe your hard-earned dollars shouldn’t be seeping through the cracks or escaping through your roof. Proper insulation can keep your comfortable air inside your home, which can lead to lower energy bills and more money for the things you love! Read on to find out about the best types of insulation for your South Jersey home:

What is insulation and how does it work?

Unless you’re living in a cave or a tent, chances are your home already has some insulation. Insulation refers to materials and methods that limit heat movement. During the winter months, insulation works to keep the heat inside, even though heat naturally tries to migrate to cooler areas. During the South Jersey summer months, insulation creates a barrier between the outside warmth and your home’s cool interior.

Why is insulation important?

If your home has a heating and cooling system, you’re probably paying good money to keep your family comfortable. When a home has proper insulation, it reduces hot and cold spots and keeps the indoor temperature steady. Insulation can also have a positive effect on the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by lowering overall energy consumption.

What are the pros and cons of different types of insulation?

Common insulating materials include fiberglass, foam, cellulose, or mineral wool. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks:

Fiberglass insulation consists of fine glass fibers, and it is a common insulation found in most homes. Fiberglass insulation can be purchased in rolls or as loose-fill material. It is one of the most affordable insulation materials and does not absorb water, cutting down on mold potential. However, those fine pieces of glass can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory systems. Professionals or DIYers must wear special equipment when installing fiberglass insulation. Loose-fill fiberglass may also settle over time, which will reduce its insulating properties.

Foam insulation is made of polyurethane, polystyrene, and other foam materials. This foam insulation may be sprayed into specific spaces, or homeowners may opt for rigid foam panels that are installed within walls or in other areas of the home. Foam insulation in the spray form is especially effective at sealing gaps and cracks. Foam adds structural support through its strength and rigidity. However, it is also more expensive than fiberglass and can be flammable.

Cellulose insulation is made of recycled materials and newspaper. These small pieces can be densely packed to create a strong barrier that prevents heat migration. Cellulose insulation is available in loose-fill or dense packed forms. It is an economically friendly option and can be treated with fire retardants as an additional safety measure. Cellulose insulation can absorb moisture, which may lead to mold growth. Like fiberglass insulation, it is also prone to settling over time and can create dust during installation.

Mineral wool insulation is made of renewable materials like stone, silica, or iron ore waste. While it often looks like fiberglass insulation, it is made of minerals rather than glass. Mineral wool is highly resistant to fire and does not absorb water. It also carries excellent acoustic properties, which can enrich soundproofing throughout the home. Mineral wool is more expensive than its fiberglass counterparts, and it is also heavier than other insulation types.

How do I know if my home’s insulation is enough?

Higher energy bills may be the first warning sign of inadequate insulation. The EPA estimates that homeowners can save about 11 percent on energy costs when they add insulation and air sealing throughout their homes. If you notice hot and cold areas when you’re walking through your home, or if you have drafty spaces, you may want to consider investing in more insulation. During the winter months, watch out for icicles, which can form when snow melts off a poorly insulated rooftop.

If you’re concerned about rising energy bills, Heating Specialties can help you discover cost-saving solutions. Whether you’re adding more insulation or investing in a better, more energy-efficient heating and cooling system, Heating Specialties works to ensure your family’s comfort without breaking the budget. Tired of feeling uncomfortable in your own home? Call Heating Specialties now at (866) 923-2653 or reach out online to schedule an appointment. Heating Specialties has more than 30 years of experience working with South Jersey and surrounding area customers. Our professional team is committed to outstanding customer service, every step of the way.

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