Insulation for Cleveland Home
Insulation is a continuous resistance to heat exchange in between the conditioned indoor spaces and unconditioned outdoor spaces. Low level insulation with gaps and voids in the material of insulation provides pathways to heat and air to easily flow into or out of the home. According to some research an approximate of 40 percent of physical comfort is due to radiant heat exchange in between our bodies and the interior surrounding us. Reducing this radiant heat exchange by increasing insulation maintains a more consistent level of comfort throughout the house.
If an optimal level insulation is done in a house, it would save money and it would ensure the comfort in that house.
The places which can increase monthly electric bill include:
- HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system
- Lightning and many more.
According to US Department of Energy, 60% of the total energy cost of a house is spent on heating and cooling of house which can be reduced by insulation which controls the heat transfer of a house.
For houses in places like Cleveland (the capital city in the state of
Ohio, where an average high temperature in the month of July is 83 degrees and average low temperature in January is 19 degrees and the residents are facing high energy cost every year), there are various types of insulations which include:
- Spray polyurethane foam
- Rigid panels
- Structural insulated panels
- Fiberglass batts and blankets
- Cotton batts
- Loose fill/blown in insulation
- Straw bales
- Radiant barriers
- Foam-in-place insulation
Because everybody has got its own opinion so the choice of insulation for every single person can vary depending on which type of house he / she has. It can be:
- Attic insulation
- Wall insulation, and
- Full house insulation
Benefits of Insulation in Houses:
A person with attic, walls or floor insulation not properly done in his / her house can be given a huge amount utility bill of heating and cooling. If the insulation would be properly done then it could save him / her money spent on electric or gas bills because it will minimize heat loss, reduce drafts in winter and prevent outside heat from entering inside the house in summer. It can make some of the houses energy efficient and comfortable too.
Proper insulation of a house, in Cleveland and other places like it, can give the house owner a lot of benefits, some of which are:
- Minimize heat loss
- Reduce drafts in winter
- Prevent outside heat from entering inside the house
- Increased resale value
- Decreased greenhouse gas emission
- More comfortable home environment
- Providing healthier environment
- Providing added sound control, and
- Life time energy saving
Although it is very much beneficial work, but before choosing installation product we need to consider these things:
- Ease of application
- Thermal performance
However one should also consider the overall lifetime performance of an insulation product, as well as its related safety aspects prior to purchasing and installation.
Places Where Insulation is required:
Mostly the insulation is required on the following places:
- Water heaters
- Air leakage around plumbing fixtures or writing
- Attic, Basement, crawl space, and bonus rooms
Most of the heat enters and leaves from attic, basement, crawl space and bonus rooms. So we should take care of these things first, then we should look at the both the other things in which water heaters can reduce the cost by up to 9%.
But we should also take care of places with some kind of air leakages because it can reduce the energy loss up to 15%. When proper house insulation is done, sealing air leaks with foam can contribute to prominent amount of savings in utility bills as well as improved comfort.