You may think saving money on your home’s operating expenses means using less water and turning off the lights, but the biggest savings may be located somewhere you can’t see – inside your walls. We spoke with Alex Schuts of Insta-Insulation, the official insulation contractor for Mike Holmes, about the many ways it can save your home money.
“Insulation is one of the only things that pays for itself in your home,” says Schuts. Since Insta-Insulation has been servicing Ontario for over 10 years, he’ll have the expertise to say so!
Reduce energy costs
Using spray foam insulation in a basement can save around 20 percent off your energy bill.
“About 25 percent of your energy loss for your home is through your basement,” says Schuts.
Heat escapes through the floors and walls. “If you can stop the heat from getting out of your walls, you make your basement warmer and your whole house more comfortable,” says Schuts.
Basements often get overlooked when homeowners think about warming up their home, but Schuts says the basement is the most important area of the home when it comes to keeping it warm in the winter.
Forget spending money on odour controls and air fresheners. Perhaps all you need is insulation. It dries out the basement, preventing that musty smell basements often get.
“Musty smell comes from too much moisture in the basement. That moisture gets into the wood, carpet, fibres, drywall and it gets stagnant,” says Schuts.
Spray foaming the walls of the basement eliminates that moisture buildup, making the basement drier and eliminating nasty odours.
Upgrade to spray foam
While padded insulation is what’s typically found in Canadian homes, Schuts says spray foam gives you a bigger bang for your buck.
“Padded insulation is open cell insulation, so it slows down heat movement from cell to cell,” he says.
The fibres of open cell insulation aren’t tight which is why you need to pack more insulation in to slow down heat loss even further.
Spray foam on the other hand is closed cell, so it blocks the heat loss. Another benefit to spray foam insulation is that it doesn’t allow moisture to penetrate.
“Spray foam will function up to 50 percent more effectively than fibreglass insulation,” says Schuts, adding that the payback on spray foaming the whole home is less than five years.
Have the experts at Insta-Insulation assess your home’s insulation needs. Visit their profile on our website to contact the team!