If you’re trying to keep your South Texas home cool in summer or warm in winter without spending a fortune, it’s time to give a little thought to insulation. No other home improvement returns so much of your money for such a tiny investment. Here’s what you need to know about why insulating your home properly is so important, and a description of the various types that are available to you.
According to the Department of Energy, more than 40 percent of the average American home’s energy use is directly related to heating and cooling. An investment of a few hundred dollars may be all that’s standing between you and reduced utility bills.
Different Types of Insulation
There are several different ways to insulate your home. Here is a sample of some of the most effective types:
- Cellulose- Consisting mainly of recycled paper, cellulose has the highest average content of recycled materials than any other type. The main problem with Cellulose insulation is the residual dust problem that lingers on after the insulation is blown in.
- Fiberglass- Made of tiny particles of sand and glass, fiberglass is inexpensive and effective. The new fiberglass blown in insulation is not like the old itchy type from the past.
- Foam- While this type has a large environmental impact, this type is very durable and may save energy over the life of your home. Some of the foams have an off-gassing problem and can create respiratory problems for people that are sensitive to VOC’s.
Insulating your home is one of the best investments you can make. With the proper materials, your home will be much more energy efficient, which means lowered utility bills for you.
For further information on how you can keep your home comfortable, without breaking the bank, contact the friendly folks at Mathews CCAC. At CCAC, we’re Constantly Concerned About Customers, and that means we do the job right, the very first time. Give us a call at (361) 855-3088.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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