If you are considering installing insulation in your home, but are unsure if the benefits justify the cost, read on below to discover three major advantages insulated homes have over homes without any insulation. From saving on energy bills to keeping pests at bay, insulation offers numerous benefits.
When most people think of insulation, they think of cold winters and keeping warm. While it's certainly true that insulation can help keep heat from escaping your home during the coldest months, that's far from being its only benefit. When you keep heat from escaping your home, you automatically save money on heating bills. If you live in an extremely cold climate, look for a rating on insulation packaging (or insulation company websites) called "resistance value." The greater the resistance value, the more effective the insulation will be at keeping heat in and cold out.
Another major benefit of insulation is acoustical. Not only does insulation material help keep heat in, it also helps keep sound out. Even in warmer climates, if you live in a particularly noisy neighborhood, you may want to consider insulation for its acoustic advantages alone. If you choose to install insulation with a high resistance value rating in an attic, for example, you can bet that the more annoying sounds of the street - such as morning garbage trucks and barking dogs - won't bother you any longer. Heavy duty insulation also works to keep sound from escaping a room, so if you're a musician with a desire to construct your own studio in a bedroom, you can essentially form a private acoustic getaway.
One of the more unsung benefits of insulation is the pest control it can provide. Many insulation companies offer pest control options alongside their standard insulation stock, and the way in which pests are prevented from doing too much damage is strikingly simple. The paper fibers inside the insulation are laced with borate particles - the same kind of chemicals that professional pest control companies use inside a house. When the pests crawl inevitably attempt to crawl through the insulation, the borate particles stick to their bodies, and are ultimately ingested. The particles then kill the pests and prevent them from doing any more damage. Fortunately, borate poses no threat to humans, so you can be sure that your home is free from nasty chemicals as well as pests. For further assistance, contact local pest control professionals, such as those from Kirkland's Pest Control.