Insulation Options for Your Home
Proper insulation that’s installed correctly can give you massive ROI. Not only can this raise the resell value of your home—it can also give you comfort during extreme weather. While other people are depending on electrical and wasteful solutions for insulation, you’re saving costs and feeling comfortable even when the power goes off.
Essentially, proper insulation using good materials that last can give you the following benefits:
- Savings on electric bills. When you don’t have to turn the heater on to full blast or regulate the temperature of your home with power all the time, you can see huge savings during the winter and summer months compared to other home owners you rely on powered heating systems.
- Smaller carbon footprint. Since you aren’t consuming extra energy to keep the elements out of your home, you actually contribute to worldwide energy savings. While effective, passive insulation can be expensive, the long-term benefits and cost savings can make the ROI much more than break even.
- Comply with many home owner allergies and health problems. Some home owners have sensitive body systems and get ill from using conventional insulation techniques and materials. When you use optimal and environment-friendly solutions, you get heating without the harmful effects on your body and the environment.
What are the greenest and best insulation materials available in the market now? True craftsmen know which materials are the most sustainable and effective for home insulation systems:
- Sheep’s wool. Primarily a health choice for people who have allergies to common materials, these are formed into batts and treated for mildew and moths. These are sheared from actual sheep and are completely renewable.
- Fiberglass. Unlike previous years’ practices, current glass now contains 40% more recycled glass and has less impact on the environment. This is a cheaper and greener insulation type than common materials. The main risk with this material is the airborne fibers when the material is spun and blown into walls.
- Mineral wool. Just like fiberglass, the main issue with this material is the possible inhalation of fine strands that can cause irritation and health problems for a lot of people. Made from recycled slag and mined basalt rock, mineral wool is naturally resistant to fire and pests and is highly sound absorbent. It also contributes to waterproofing your home.
- Cotton. Old denim fabrics get treated and turned into bolts to provide low-cost, low-chemical content insulation systems for homes. Good artisans know where to source the best materials and how to treat it best to make the insulation last.
- Cementitious. Made from magnesium oxide cement mixed with water, frothed with air, and pumped into cavities, it’s efficient, naturally fireproof, and resists mould and pests.
- Agricultural materials. Polyurethane, petroleum-based ingredients are partially replaced with those from agricultural resources like soybean oil, sugar cane, and corn. Environmental benefits aside, oil’s recent price trajectory makes these products even more appealing. Available as sprayed foam and, in the case of soy-based, a rigid board.
As you can see, insulation is no longer confined to rolls of Styrofoam sheets with foil on one side. There are a lot of available options that only true craftsmen and artisans can give you access.