Most U.S. Homes Lack Adequate Insulation

July 7, 2016

Most U.S. Homes Lack Adequate Insulation

The human body’s biological thermostat measures exterior temperature levels then sends neurological signals to certain physiological systems; in the academic world of etymology, that means intensive studies in biology, neurology and physiology.

To us normal, non-scientific folks, that simply means when it’s cold, we shiver; when we’re hot, we sweat. Whatever “ology” applies to those experiences, we don’t like doing either. Maintaining the ideal indoor temperature – without sweating or shivering – is the goal, right?

However, most homes – 90 percent – are not adequately insulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. And we at Capitol Machine believe that very important statistic belongs under the category of “get-your-home-properly-insulated-really-fast-ology.”

Recent NAIMA research concludes that adding appropriate levels of insulation would reduce utility costs and CO2 emission levels and increase comfort.

Capitol Machine understands the ramifications of home and business owners’ neglect in investing in proper insulation installation.

Savings On Utility Bills Is Big Following Increased Insulation

Dr. Jonathan Levy, Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and lead researcher on the Boston University team that has investigated this subject, said the potential savings in investing in insulation installation is significant.

“If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about 5 percent and natural gas use by more than 10 percent,” he told NAIMA.

Levy said increased insulation also translates to the public sector by greatly cutting atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

Experts suggest that this is the best time – at the start of autumn – to invest in insulation installation.

“The fall is when many homeowners around the country begin thinking about home improvements to increase comfort and reduce their energy bills as temperatures drop come winter. Research like this should reinforce our message to homeowners, and to policymakers, that added insulation has real and significant benefits,” said NAIMA President Curt Rich.

The challenge, experts say, is getting home and business owners to make the connection: “People don’t see insulation, so they don’t think about it,” Rich said. “They see windows and doors, so they think about those items. The reality is that insulation has a three times greater impact on the average home’s energy and comfort than windows or doors do.”

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