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7 Fun Facts about Insulation and Energy Efficiency

Roll of Insulation PictureEveryone knows that insulation helps save energy and lower energy bills as well. The U.S. Department of Energy’s website says heating and cooling account for 50% to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. If you want to substantially reduce energy costs, decreasing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling your home is a good place to start. Insulation reduces average home heating and cooling costs by about 20%. But just how energy efficient insulation is may surprise you. Our friends at NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association) have put together some interesting facts about insulation and energy efficiency. We thought we would share them and add a few from the energy pros at A+ Insulation:

Insulation Never Stops Working

Insulation, whether it’s fiberglass, wool, cellulose, or spray foam, are energy efficient technologies that, once manufactured, require no energy to save energy. Instead of reducing the amount of energy the use, like most “energy efficient” products, they actually save energy from being wasted. Not only does it save energy, it lasts for the life of the building and unless it is damaged, it will never have to be replaced. Now that’s efficient! Some settling can occur over the years with loose-fill insulation and supplemental insulation may need to be added to fill in any gaps, but the original insulation is still working and doesn’t need to be removed or replaced.

Insulation Is a Powerhouse When Compared to Other Energy Saving Products

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR HOMES, insulation saves over 600 times more energy each year than all of the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), Energy Star Appliances, and Energy Star windows combined. Now that’s impressive!

Installing Insulation Is Simple and Cost Effective

In residential and commercial buildings, energy efficiency through insulation is the simplest and most cost effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Insulation Is Recyclable Too

Most fiberglass and loose-fill insulation like rock and slag wool products are reusable and can easily be removed and put back into place.

Existing Insulation Saves a Lot of Energy

All insulation products installed in U.S. buildings save consumers about 42% of the energy that would have been consumed with no insulation in place.

Insulation Production Consumes Very Little Energy Compared to Its Usage

For every Btu (British Thermal Unit-the measure by which energy is calculated) consumed in the production of insulation, 12 Btus are saved each year by the use of insulation.

Insulation Reduces Carbon Dioxide

Insulation currently in place in U.S. buildings reduces the amount of carbon dioxide by 780 million tons each year – equivalent to the electricity use of over 90 million homes for a year.

 

If you’d like to know how much money you can save by adding more insulation to your home, give us a call at A+ Insulation. We’ll come to your home for a free home energy evaluation to see just where your home is leaking energy. Call us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.

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Spray Foam Insulation-Seal and Insulate for Better Energy Efficiency

More people in North Kansas City are opting to choose spray foam insulation. There are a number of reasons spray foam insulation is growing in popularity. Below are some of the benefits that can be reaped from using spray foam insulation:

Spray Foam Insulation Reduces Energy Loss

It is estimated that around 30 percent of the energy in your home is lost through the floor, walls and roof. However, spray foam insulation will help reduce the amount of energy that is lost. You will be making your home more energy efficient by adding spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation can potentially reduce your heating costs by up to 30 percent. You will likely be able to get your investment back within three or four years.

Reduce Allergens with Spray Foam Insulation

Energy saving is not the only way that you can benefit from spray foam insulation. You can reduce allergens in your home by getting spray foam insulation. Professional spray foam insulation has sealing qualities, which is what prevents dust and other allergens from entering your home.

Spray Foam Insulation Has Longevity

You will not have to worry about spray foam insulation sagging or settling over time like other types of insulation can. It will remain in place. The Spray foam insulation North Kansas City professionals will ensure that the insulation is installed correctly. Furthermore, you will not have to worry about spray foam insulation attracting pests. It does not provide a food source. It also does not provide good nesting material.

Seal Every Crack and Keep Out Moisture

One of the many great things about spray foam insulation is that it can expand to up to 100 times its size. It will be able to fill every crack in your ceilings, walls and crawlspaces. This allows for total air sealing and protection from outside air and moisture.

If you want to know more about spray foam home insulation, give A+ insulation a call. You can contact us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.