You rarely see it. It was installed before you ever lived in your home (even if it’s new), and you probably don’t think about it very often, if at all. So what’s the deal with insulation, and furthermore insulation removal? Even here in Austin, TX, insulation is a key part of keeping your home at the perfect temperature all year round.
Here is what Green Collar Operations wants you to know about the state of your home’s insulation, and when it’s time to call in the pro’s to remove it.
Insulation & Your Home Comfort
When most homeowners think of the insulation in their homes, the fluffy pink stuff probably comes to mind. This is called fiberglass batt insulation, and because of its fuzzy appearance, it is commonly misunderstood as a product that only keeps a home warm in the colder months. However, insulation stops the transfer of heat both in and out of a home; so it also keeps the hot Texas summer outside where it belongs!
When your home is properly insulated, the temperatures inside are much more stable. This means you don’t have to rely nearly as much on your heating and cooling equipment to keep the temperature where you want it. This brings benefits like:
Reduced heating & cooling costs
Less wear & tear on heating & cooling equipment
Extended life expectancy for your furnace & air conditioner
Stable indoor temperatures year round
How Does Insulation Deteriorate?
Now that you have an understanding of why insulation is so integral to a comfortable and energy efficient home, it is important to understand how your insulation can deteriorate over time.
As the insulation in your walls, attic, and crawlspace sits over time, it begins to settle and thin out. If you use your attic as a storage space, it is even more likely that you have stepped on your insulation, flattening it and rendering it ineffective.
Pests looking for a cozy, out of sight home are also a common reason for deteriorating your insulation. Mice, rats, and insects can crawl into your home through cracks in the foundation and walls and make a nest wherever they please.
These same holes and gaps that can allow for pests to infiltrate will also let moisture in when it rains. This moisture will ruin any existing insulation and eventually grow into mold that can damage the structure of your home and litter your indoor air with allergens and unhealthy particles.
Insulation Removal: A Job For The Pros
Why leave the removal of your insulation to the professionals at Green Collar Operations? For starters, we have the technology to find the exact areas where your insulation is lacking. The equipment we use for our energy audits can not only pinpoint your insulation deficiencies but also uncover any additional issues that are affecting your home comfort and energy efficiency.
It is also important that you leave insulation removal to an insulation specialist so that you do not inhale any or the dangerous chemicals that could be stirred up during removal. The best way to set your home up for “insulated” success is with proper removal!