Insulation can Reduce Home and Business Energy Costs

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Did you know Daffan Cooling & Heating can take care of your home or business’ insulation needs? We’re all about making sure you’re comfortable where you live or work, and insulation plays a big part in keeping your home or place of work cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

It turns out that nine out of 10 homes in the United States are under-insulated, according to a new study from the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). Poorly insulated homes waste HVAC energy, decrease your indoor comfort and end up with higher utility bills.

The NAIMA-sponsored study, conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that increasing insulation can deliver benefits of decreased energy use in addition to cutting carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the environment. The research team plans to release more information about public benefits of increasing home insulation in future reports.

“If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about 5 percent and natural gas use by more than 10 percent,” said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Levy, professor of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health.

The government’s Energy Star program is also pushing the home insulation agenda with the “Rule Your Attic” campaign. At the campaigns web site, you can find a wealth of information including how to measure for proper insulation amounts and the benefits of proper insulation.

Check out our graphic to learn more about what to look for in attic air leaks, the best type of insulation to choose, and best practices for insulation installation.