It's a widely known fact that improving your home's insulation will lower your energy bills. But what if you're not all that excited by the prospect of saving a few dollars on electricity and fuel costs each month? Does that mean that updating your insulation is simply not worth it? Well, not really. As it turns out, energy savings are far from the only benefit offered by improved insulation. Here are some other benefits to keep in mind.
Better Sound Control
Along with stopping air and heat from traveling through your home, insulation helps block sound. This means your home will stay quieter, even when there are traffic and noisy neighbors outside. You may have an easier time sleeping in, and your children may not wake up as often. If you have your own noisy family, as is common when kids are little, your neighbors won't hear as much of the noise.
More Even Temperatures
By preventing heat from escaping your home, good-quality insulation means your heater does not have to kick on as often. As such, the heat has more time to distribute throughout your home. You won't get as many of those hot and cold spots. Rather, your home will have more of an even temperature throughout, which is definitely more enjoyable. You won't have to put on a sweater each time you step into the living room anymore!
If your insulation is old, chances are it has been exposed to moisture at some point, which means it probably has traces of mold — even if that mold is not actively growing right now. Mold is not a healthy thing to have in your home. It can cause respiratory distress, along with other symptoms like nausea and skin irritation. Replacing your insulation with fresh, clean material will make for a cleaner, healthier home.
Saving energy is often touted as a financially wise choice. But you're not the only one who benefits when you use less energy. The planet, and everyone who has to continue to live on it, also benefits. When you use less heat, you use less fossil fuels and you release fewer greenhouse gasses. When you use less air conditioning, you use less electricity, which is primarily obtained from burning fossil fuels. Upgrading your insulation with better or thicker materials is an eco-friendly, environmentally sound choice that you can be proud of.