Unless your home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can probably reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but even adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within a few years.
Insulation is a protective barrier between heated or cooled areas of your home and the outside to reduce heat loss and regulate air flow. To determine whether you should add insulation, an energy assessment will help identify areas of your home that are in need of air sealing. It also helps determine how much insulation and what type of insulation you already have in your home. Check the attic, walls, and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement.
It is important to insulate your home, especially in Ottawa. Top reasons to insulate your Ottawa home include:
1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Perhaps the most important building material in an energy-efficient home is an insulation package that includes caulking and sealing. A well-insulated home, particularly one that is insulated with fiber glass, rock wool, or slag wool insulation, is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving energy and reducing heating and cooling bills.
2. INCREASE COMFORT
When cold air enters your home, it lowers the temperature of the house and overworks your furnace. By reducing drafts and air leaks, your furnace will work more efficiently and you’ll stay more comfortable.
3. LOWER YOUR HEATING COSTS
After you seal leaks and insulate, your heating system works to your advantage because the furnace doesn’t need to run as often and you gain as much as 20 percent of heated air back in your home.
Proper insulation reduces sound transmission. A good noise control insulation package not only increases the comfort of your home but it also adds value.
5. IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
Insulation with a vapor-resistant membrane (commonly called a vapor retarder) attached to a batt or roll of insulation decreases the possibility of moisture vapor condensing to water inside the structure of a home. Through sealing and insulation, you can control air flow and moisture, minimizing pollutants entering your home and circulating your duct system. O’Reilly Brothers Ltd. in Ottawa prides itself on experienced insulation services, employment of qualified personnel, and an overall commitment to quality control when it comes to installing insulation in your home. To receive your free estimate, contact us today at 613-224-1677.