Is Your Insulation Killing and Robbing You?
Why Should You Identify Your Insulation?
Insulation is a material designed to prevent heat, cold or sound from being transferred from one area to another. Insulation is used to keep the summer’s heat, or the winter’s cold in or out of your home, or to confine it to a specific area of your house.
Identifying your homes insulation type is important. Your health could be affected by certain types of insulation made of asbestos, and your wallet could be taking a punch from energy bills due to ineffective or outdated insulation.
Asbestos causes a rare, fatal type of cancer, and was used in home insulation until the 1970’s. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, resulting in higher energy bills for unsuspecting homeowners.
Types of Insulation
There are 4 main types of insulation you may encounter: fiberglass, batt, rigid, sprayed foam and radiant barriers.
Fiberglass insulation consists of natural, man-made fibers that are blown into the ceiling cavity. Batt insulation is made from Earth Wool or cotton fiber and comes in roll form. Rigid insulation is in board form and often made of plastic. Foam insulation is sprayed and expands to fill the area. Radiant barrier insulation has an aluminum foil backing to prevent heat from radiating throughout the space, and is usually only found in unfinished attics.
Determining your home’s insulation type is the first step in indicating your level of protection from the elements, and possible health hazard.
Is Your Insulation Outdated?
Older types of insulation, such as fiberglass, may be pink,yellow or white and is often still used but is highly less effective. If your current insulation is torn or discolored you can guarantee you are overspending on your energy bill.
If you touch the material in your insulation and it breaks apart, it is time for a replacement.
The Department of Energy estimates a 10-50 percent savings on your heating bill when your home is properly insulated. Is your insulation robbing?
Is Your Insulation Hazardous?
Asbestos insulation was widely used because it was fire-resistant, cheap and durable. In the 1970’s, a ban was placed on asbestos and regulations prohibited its use in building materials and products. Asbestos is still found in many buildings today, including hospitals, schools and homes. Attic insulation is one of the primary sources for exposure. It is not uncommon to find asbestos insulation in your home. If you suspect your home contains asbestos insulation, do not try to remove it yourself. Asbestos poisoning can take anywhere from 15-60 years before symptoms present, you will not be immediately affected, but later in life fatal repercussions may appear. Fiberglass insulation has also been linked to certain cancers and is highly flammable. Ask yourself, “Is my insulation killing me?”
Replacing Your Insulation
Top 4 Reasons to Replace Your Insulation
- Setting or compacting
- Mold or mildew from water leaks
- Material is not thick enough
- Insulation is outdated and decayed.
You are spending a lot of money on lost energy if your home hasn’t been upgraded. The average, non weatherized U.S. home leaks air at a rate equivalent to a 4-square-foot hole in the wall, according to the “Solar Living Sourcebook” by John Schaeffer. With the residential sector consuming 35 percent of available energy to consumers, reducing our use of this costly resource can result in big savings.
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