There’s no escaping the increasing focus on energy efficiency in the modern world, and for the homeowner, the largest part of this discussion centres around insulation. Insulation in the home takes many forms, such as cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, and double glazing, all of which contribute to keeping a home energy efficient.
But insulation isn’t just a matter for environmentalists. Insulation has a host of tangible benefits for the homeowner. Let’s take a look at a few.
Let’s put it up front, because it’s the chief concern for a lot of people. The initial cost for insulation and full double glazing can be an eye-opener, but as an investment in your home’s future, it’s second to none. Energy bills are always some of the largest expenses, but good insulation drives down the need to run heating and AC, bringing with it some staggering savings. Over time, the insulation will more than pay for itself. Depending on where you live, you might even be able to obtain a grant from your local government to mitigate the initial cost.
Good insulation keeps a house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, creating a comfortable living space without the need for layering up, drying out the air with heating systems, or killing the environment with AC. Insulation creates a level of natural comfort in your home, allowing you to feel truly relaxed. With insulation, you might find you get a better night’s sleep, and have one less reason to stay bundled up in bed come the morning.
Insulation along with double glazing can greatly reduce external sounds, and also dampen noise echoing within the house. In turn, you can look forward to deeper sleep, more privacy, and a better relationship with your neighbours. This goes hand-in-hand with the increased comfort listed above, making your house not just a shelter from the elements, but a home. After all, noise complaints are one of the largest downsides of urban living.
Even leaving aside the thorny issue of global warming, just one look at a smoggy metropolis such as Beijing makes it clear that the human impact on the environment isn’t up for debate. So it’s in our best interests, and the interests of our children, to do everything we can to mitigate our footprint on the natural world. Insulation greatly reduces energy expenditure, in turn decreasing fuel use and pollutants ejected into the air. It might feel like a drop in the bucket, but the more people who take to insulating their homes, the brighter our future.
When you come to sell your property, you’ll find that homes with decent insulation fetch a far better price on the market. Homebuyers are more energy-aware than ever, so your home is less likely to be snapped up than a comparable property with better insulation and full double glazing. Double glazing in particular is considered almost essential by most would-be buyers, with single glazing a mark of an outmoded property – with the rare exception of certain listed buildings.
So despite the initial cost, insulating and double glazing are sure to be one of the best long-term investments you can make in your home.