Properly sealing and insulating a home seems like hard work, and something that would cost a lot of money. What many homeowners don’t realize is that, more than the time and money invested, they stand to lose a lot more without insulation: their health and that of those they love. An improperly insulated home, in case you didn’t know, can put the health of every inhabitant at serious risk.
While insulating your home, particularly the roof, can be a relatively costly investment, adequate insulation can actually help save you money over the long term. But other than savings, here are the top five reasons why you should invest in good roof insulation.
Control the environment and temperature inside your home
Everybody has different comfort levels, but we all generally feel most comfortable in our own homes. However, without good roof insulation, controlling the environment inside the home can be difficult, if not practically impossible. Air and heat can constantly leak in or out, causing your environment control devices to work harder without ever managing to achieve the optimal level of comfort. If your roof is properly sealed and insulated, you’ll be able to achieve maximum comfort during any season.
Reduce air pollution
The biggest problem with poor or no roof insulation is that pollutants can easily enter your home. We’re already exposed to more than our share of harmful elements when we’re outdoors, and it’s only right that we be free from all the waste products in the air while we’re inside our homes. If you or any of your family suffers from health concerns such as asthma and allergies, your home should help guard you against that.
Sealing and insulating the roof (as well as your doors and windows, of course,) will help ensure that the pollution is kept outside.
Save on energy costs
Did you know that you can save as much as 40% of your heating and cooling costs simply by insulating your roof? That translates into significant savings – money you can use on projects that are more productive or for, perhaps, a much-needed vacation.
Save on medical bills
Many diseases and other medical disorders are related or caused directly by the air we breathe. By making sure that the roof is properly sealed and insulated, you’ll reduce the risk of illnesses in the family. However, you’ll also need to keep in mind that you’ll need to seal your home completely; not just the roof. You’ll also need to ensure that the home is well-ventilated, so that fresh air regularly enters the home and the stale air is removed.
Save the environment
Reduced energy usage not only translates into savings, but also helps in reducing the amount of energy that power plants need to produce. In many countries, power plants place a lot of pressure on the world’s natural resources. Playing your role in saving energy can greatly help in saving our environment.
It may be time-consuming and a bit costly to properly seal and insulate your roof, but not only will you and your family reap the rewards – you’ll also be helping ensure a cleaner world for the next generations.
Jesse Curry is a professional roofing contractor based in Florida. As the owner of Roofing by Curry, he thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach. He is very passionate about what he does and loves to share his experiences with other people through his blog site.