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The Surprising Benefits of Insulation
Proper home insulation is one of the most important aspects of living comfortably and affordably in a home. While the walls and roof of any house are what separate the inside environment from the outside, insulation is what fills all the little gaps and crevices, adding a layer of protection as a barrier to those outdoor elements. Most homeowners are familiar with the common benefits of insulation, such as maintaining a home’s temperature, but there are a handful of surprising benefits of insulation worthy of mention.
Consistent Comfort: Most homeowners know those painful mornings when it’s normal to step out of bed onto freezing floors or to need to put on layers in one room only to remove them in another. Insulation helps ensure the temperature is more consistent throughout the home.
Financial Savings: By keeping the home warmer or cooler, utility bills decrease. In addition, heating and air conditioning units won’t have to work as hard to maintain an even temperature, saving on the wear-and-tear of the equipment. Investing in good insulation can reduce utility bills by up to 40%!
But that’s not all. SoCalGas customers can receive an added financial benefit – tax incentives of up to $1,650 upon completion of Advanced Home Upgrade improvements. Installing new or additional insulation is on the list of qualifying upgrades.
Health Improvements: Insulation upgrades can have several health benefits. Insulation can reduce the amount of outside noise that can be heard in the house. It can also lower the noise level from room to room or from one floor to another. A quieter home is a more peaceful home, and a more peaceful home is a less stressful home.
Insulation is also instrumental in improving indoor air quality by keeping allergens and pollutants out of the home. This includes helping prevent the growth of mold by creating a tight barrier that keeps moisture out. Allergens, pollutants, and mold are especially harmful should there be family members with asthma or other respiratory ailments. Air quality is one of the most important benefits of sufficient insulation.
Eco-Friendly: When heating and cooling systems are working less, the use of non-renewable resources is reduced, lessening the carbon footprint. Thus the use of insulation can have a positive impact on the environment.
TAP stands for Thermal Acoustical Pest Control, and it represents the next evolution in insulation. TAP is insulation that is blown on top of existing insulation to give added layers of protection. For homeowners who like the idea of fewer bugs, preventing mold, lower energy bills, potential tax credits, and an insulation that is made from 87% recycled newspaper, TAP is the way to go. Pest control is achieved through it with the addition of natural borates, a salt, to the insulation. Pests such as termites, ants, and cockroaches ingest the borates and die. It also discourages rodents from taking up residence in the attic or walls because it gives them a stomachache they won’t forget.
TAP insulation is considered an active pest-control product and must be installed by a certified pest control specialist like Ecola. Call Ecola today at (800) 332-BUGS (2847) to learn more about all the benefits of added insulation, including keeping unwanted pests away.