Source: DIY Network
Insulation is essential in keeping your home comfortable, energy-efficient, and can help cut your hydro bills. It does this by acting as a barrier and keeps your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
When choosing home insulation, carefully consider the climate of your area and certain features of your home. Here is some information to keep in mind:
Material, purpose, and the ideal installation location varies. You can read more about different types here on the NAIMA Canada website.
Why Solid Home Insulation Is Important
- Environmentally Friendly
Almost 17 percent of energy consumed in Ontario is spent on heat. Insulating your home reduces power usage for heating or air conditioning. This reduces greenhouse emissions and your carbon footprint.
- A More Comfortable Home
The better insulated your home is, the more comfortable it will be for you and everyone inside. Having quality insulation installed in attics and walls reduces summer humidity and winter frigidity.
Many Ontario homes were built during a time when electricity was less costly. As a result, there wasn’t much (if any) insulation used. Making sure your home is well-insulated is an effective way to cut back on hydro costs and save money.
- Noise Reduction
Insulation lessens both indoor and outdoor noise. Avoid hearing cars passing, your neighbours partying or arguing, and lessen the ruckus inside as your children listen to music in the living room.
When You Should Remove Insulation
Old or dirty insulation makes for inefficient heat management. Attics and poorly insulated rooms will be different temperatures from the rest of the house. Also, wet insulation increases the likelihood of condensation and mould. Here’s when you want to remove and replace insulation:
- It is made of fibrous materials (such as fibreglass and cellulose) which encourage condensation and retain moisture.
- There is evidence of rodent or pest infestation (e.g. droppings, chewed up insulation, urine smells).
- It’s become wet, encouraging mould growth, allergens, and musty smells.
Maintaining your home’s insulation is a worthwhile investment. Seek the help of professionals to determine the kind of insulation that best suits your home.
For assistance in the removal of old or damaged insulation, call Dr. Duct at (613) 845-0707. We serve the surrounding areas of Ottawa, Ontario, providing air duct and dryer vent cleaning, and much more.
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