Now that spring has finally sprung homeowners may be thinking about sprucing things up around the house. Although home insulation may be the last thing on your mind, there are several good reasons why now is a great time to hire an insulation expert. Alex Shuts, an insulation specialist from Insta-Insulation, spoke with eieihome to share insights into the reasons why insulation deserves some extra attention this spring.
Beat the heat
“In order to understand the role of insulation, it is important to understand the nature of heat” says Shuts. Regardless of the season, heat flows from warmer areas to cooler areas. When it is cold out, heat will try to escape your home and when it is warmer, heat will try to enter. Ensuring that your home is properly insulated this spring and summer will help minimize the flow of heat into your home, keep you and your family comfortable and reduce the demand on your air conditioning system.
Reducing energy costs is an important long-term benefit of having a well-insulated home. “A new granite countertop looks pretty, but it will never pay for itself” Shuts reminds me. Insulation is a very cost-effective investment when it comes to reducing energy costs. A well-insulated home is better able to manage heat flow and requires less energy and expense to heat and cool, regardless of the season.
Good insulation is especially important in the spring and summer months when warm air will bring moisture with it into your home and potentially lead to mold growth in your walls and ceilings. Mold is unhealthy, damaging and costly to remove. The good news for homeowners is that the impending re-introduction of government renovation rebates means that now is a great time to re-visit your home insulation, especially if you have an older home or have not had your insulation checked in several years.
Hire a reputable contractor
Hiring a reputable contractor is especially important when it comes to insulation because the government renovation rebates often draw in a flux of insulation businesses that are less than reputable. They enter the market temporarily to take advantage of the extra demand, but may not deliver quality service. Look for reputable contractors, such as Insta Insulation, who have been in business for 20+ years and are respected by industry experts to ensure the job gets done right.