An energy-efficient home has a high return on investment. Not only does it garner respect for the homeowner for making a conscious effort to look after the environment, but also adds comfort and saves energy, both of which are big attractions for prospective home buyers looking for the best value.
Energy-efficient homes save nearly 30% on energy bills. Investing just a bit of time, money and effort on upgrading your property with improved insulation, will add greater comfort and convenience and high return on your investment that make the upgrades well worth it.
A well insulated home acts as a thermal resistor, effectively regulating airflow and room temperature through the seasons. How do you know your home is well insulated? Look at your electricity bills. Are they increasing steadily? Do you feel the need to consume more electricity to keep your home comfortable? If yes, your insulation needs to be replaced. A well insulated home is not just energy-efficient, but also reduces noise and humidity.
High R-value is important for your home insulation to be effective. R-value is the thermal resistance of windows, walls, doors and ceilings – the barriers that resist the conductivity of heat. The higher the R-value, the better is the insulation in your home.
A professional energy auditor can help you measure the amount of energy required to regulate heating and cooling in your home, right from the attic down to the basement. That will determine how well your insulation is working. They inspect the insulation, the thickness and density of the material see if they meet the recommended R-value of the region. R-value varies for different climatic conditions. If the R-value is met, your utility bills, humidity and noise are all proportionately reduced. The R-value narrows from the attic to the basement.
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Energy-Efficient Attic: The right material can make a substantial difference. About 25% of your home’s heating escapes from an uninsulated roof. As a result, an improperly insulated roof ends up consuming more energy. Fibreglass attic was in heavy demand over the last couple of years because of their cost-effectiveness during remodelling projects. The returns of the costs incurred during home resale were estimated at 116%. It also brings down electricity bills by a good percentage.
Cozy Basement: The basement tends to retain moisture and humidity, but is often a forgotten space. If it’s not well insulated, the area will invite mould, mildew and consequent discomfort, recurrent allergies and ill health. Consider utilizing the space better to increase home value. Turn it into a guest bedroom, home theatre, cozy den or library to add more value to your property, and take efforts to keep it insulated.
Well-Insulated Walls: Older properties are usually not as well-insulated as the newer ones because building codes back then never demanded high R-value. Walls that are not well-insulated can create uncomfortable homes that lead to high energy bills. Few home improvements can make a big difference. Contact energy professionals to install modern techniques to upgrade wall-insulation with the right materials. It will keep you and your family protected from harsh weather conditions.
Polar Energy Systems, London, Ontario
We are a well-known family business who has insulating homes in London and the surrounding area for several decades. We offer a variety of services including distribution and installation of insulation, blown-in attics and walls, insulation removal and more. Please contact us for service-related questions.