Making a More Informed Decision About Insulation

Whether you are more concerned about saving money on your utility bills or reducing powerplant carbon emissions, insulation is one of the most important tools for achieving significant energy savings.

Unfortunately, though, thermal and acoustic insulation can be a complex and confusing subject area. Every manufacturer claims their insulation is the best. Making matters worse, the Internet provides no ready means for distinguishing credible science-based information from outright quackery, especially where building occupant health and product safety are concerned. Hopefully, this section of our website can help architects, project and facility owners, home builders and homeowners make more informed decisions about thermal and acoustic insulation.

Reducing energy demand reduces the amount of fossil fuel combustion needed to heat and cool homes, which in turn decreases the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Reducing your energy consumption also means lower utility bills.

While there are many things you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency, one of the most inexpensive ways to get really significant savings is to install additional insulation.

Benefits of properly installed insulation

Insulation improves indoor comfort by reducing drafts and radiant heat transfer from your walls and ceiling into living spaces, and helping your air conditioning system maintain a consistent temperature regardless of how hot or cold it is outside. Too little insulation can allow heat and cooled air make its way into or out of a home. This is especially true of attic insulation.

The benefits of insulation are many:

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