Why Do You Need To Properly Insulate Your House?
Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes.
- saves money and our nation's limited energy resources
- makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, and
makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- The amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use.
- Once the energy savings have paid for the installation cost, energy conserved is money saved - and saving energy will be even more important as utility rates go up.
Why Weatherize Your Home?
Most experts say that caulking and weather stripping any visible gaps will pay for itself in energy savings if installed correctly. Caulking and weather stripping will also alleviate drafts and help your home feel warmer when it's cold outside. However, these two weatherization techniques can't replace the need for proper insulation throughout your home.
You may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, such as an under the door draft that makes you want to put on some socks. However, you probably need the professionals to search in order to find the less obvious gaps.