We spend so much time on the décor and landscaping of our home that it’s easy to forget that the primary purpose of a home is for shelter from the elements. Homes allow us to live in ideal temperatures—regardless of what’s happening outside. To maintain indoor temperatures, insulation is critical.

Problems of Inadequate Insulation

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Insulation

A typical home should have insulation in the walls, ceiling, and basement. Insulation is installed in the barrier that stands between heated and unheated spaces. The insulation will prevent the cold air from coming into the house during winter and keep the heat outside from seeping into the house during the hot days of summer. There are many insulation materials available, including fiberglass, rockwool, cotton batts, loose-fill insulation, loose-fill cellulose, and spray foam insulation.

Inadequate Home Insulation

Most homes in the U.S. are still not adequately insulated. That means that the house absorbs external heat during summer, which requires air-conditioning units to operate at maximum capacity to cool the interior of the home. With poor insulation, heat inside the house can escape into the cold world outside in winter, requiring heaters or radiators to work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house.In both situations, whether summer or winter, the home dweller will end up hemorrhaging money to maintain a comfortable feel inside.

Investing in Insulation

Investing in the insulation of a house can translate into significant savings for homeowners. It is estimated that electric consumption in a household drops by as much as 15 percent when the house is fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code.

Insulating homes also contributes to the green campaign as it cuts down on atmospheric pollution. The reduction in energy consumption reduces carbon dioxide and other pollutants released into the environment.

It may cost a bit up front to bolster your insulation, but it can save big money in ongoing power bills. It can also create a far more comfortable environment to live and work in.