When a topic has a ton of information about it floating across the internet, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. The reason? The more sources that are available, the more answers and information you’ll find. So, when it comes to insulation, we at JM want to help separate the truth from myth and give you the most accurate information possible.
Myth #1: Insulation is only good for keeping out the cold.
THE TRUTH: While insulation is often thought of as a warm thermal blanket for your home, insulation does a lot more than just keep out the cold winter air. Insulation also helps to keep IN cold air…during the summer time. Better said, the thermal barrier insulation creates helps to keep inside temperatures inside and outside temperatures outside. Doing so keeps your home consistently comfortable and well-protected against what’s outside. Good insulation keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, keeping you feeling “just right.”
Myth #2: Insulation is expensive.
THE TRUTH: While there are a variety of variables to consider in this myth, overall, insulation isn’t expensive. In fact, professional installation of insulation in an attic can range from $1.50 and $3.50 per foot. If you choose in insulate yourself, the costs fall considerably. Your location, quantity needed, and type of insulation all play a role in the total costs. The even better news is that you can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs. These cost savings lead to a return on your insulation investment and overtime, new insulation can pay for itself. JM offers a wide-selection of different insulation products that can fit any budget and need, which all lead to cost savings.
Myth #3: Insulation is only for new home builds
THE TRUTH: A part of this statement is true: new home builds do need insulation. However, all homes need insulation, especially older ones. Why? Many people think that the insulation they have in their walls lasts a lifetime, or they simply just don’t think about it. But organic-based insulation, such as cellulose insulation, can be ruined by rodents and can settle over time, leading to insulation inefficiency. Housing codes can also change as the years go by, leading to out of date R-values. However, there are great solutions such as fiberglass insulation, that can last the lifetime of the home. Check out this JM blog that goes more into depth about adding and replacing insulation.
Myth #4: Insulation is all about energy.
THE TRUTH: While energy efficiency and savings are a huge part of insulation, it’s not the only value it brings to your home. For one, new insulation adds value to a home. If you plan on selling your home within the next 5 years, adding and improving your insulation is a value-add proposition. Sharing the improvement in your utility bills with potential home buyers can help make a sale quicker.
Secondly, insulation acts as a sound barrier and creates simple sound proofing. Often overlooked, thanks to the soundproofing in your home, things are quieter. Have you ever thought or heard about the difference between airborne noise and impact noise? If not. Head over here to learn more about sound reducing insulation.
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