If you’ve ever climbed into your attic or tore out the drywall of an exterior wall, you’ve most likely seen a layer of insulation. Visit our previous blog to learn about the different types of insulation and their uses! Fluffy and pink, most insulation today is made with fiberglass; just be sure to resist all temptation to touch it bare-handed. Other common materials used in traditional insulation include cellulose or foam.
There has always been a demand for keeping your home cozy. Today, you can head to your local hardware store and purchase any of the different types of insulation. It hasn’t always been this way; older methods of insulation include horsehair, newspaper, hay, or anything that might fill the cavity between your walls. Ancient efforts to keep homes warm included materials such as mud, tapestries, asbestos (whoops), and cork.
Insulation’s main purpose is to keep the desired temperature of your home; this means it will help you keep a warmer temperature in the winter and a cooler temperature in the summer, even though mother nature is working hard to do the opposite. Insulation drastically helps your home in terms of energy efficiency, lowering your electric bills. This means insulation WILL eventually pay itself back, making it a wise investment. More than just for temperature control, insulation also reduces noise pollution. Batt and roll insulation often come with a paper backing, which acts as a vapor barrier and helps control the flow of air.
The short answer to the title of this blog; yes, you need insulation. Like we said, there has always been a demand for keeping your home at a desired temperature. Insulation has drastically changed in appearance and increased in terms of the value it provides. Not only does traditional insulation offer a MUCH higher R value (resistance value, used as measurement of an insulating materials’ ability to resist heat flow; the higher the better), it can also be used as a vapor barrier for moisture control.
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