The practice of insulating homes is quite a recent one. In fact, it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that insulating houses in the United States became a requirement.
The purpose of home insulation goes beyond keeping it warm during winter and cool during summer. Insulation is needed for energy efficiency. When there is no insulation in the house, it will suffer from poor thermal performance, increasing the house utility bills and putting a strain on the performance of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. In addition to hurting homeowners’ pocketbooks, this can drain valuable resources from the community at large. A house that has no insulation ultimately hurts the environment.
The hazards of inadequate insulation
Heat has the natural tendency to move from a warmer space to colder space. During cold weather, the warm air in the house will escape toward the colder temperature outside. During the hot days of summer, the hot air outside will seep into the interior of the house where the temperature is lower because of the air conditioning. The absence of insulation makes the temperature of the house uncomfortable and will cause either the furnace or the air conditioning unit to work harder. The result is higher energy consumption.
Houses without insulation will be subject to thermal heat. This can shorten the lifespan of furniture, appliances and gadgets inside the home. When there is no insulation, moisture can enter the home, resulting in wood rot to the structure of the home and damage to furniture and other items in the home.
Benefits of insulation
Adding insulation to your house will improve your living environment. Insulating your house will regulate the temperature inside and keep the extreme temperatures outside from seeping in. Insulation will also improve sound control, serving as a barrier to keep unwanted sounds out of the house and protecting privacy by keeping inside sounds from carrying outdoors. Insulation also serves as a moisture barrier.
Properly insulating your home will not only save you money, it will also reduce your home’s carbon footprint in a significant way.