Getting to know insulation
“Many Canadians have a good ʻinsulation IQʼ and appreciate how insulation can help reduce energy bills while creating a more comfortable household environment,” says Pierre Cyr, Insulation Expert with a major manufacturer.
“Understanding these benefits of insulation can be invaluable to homeowners, however there are also many lesser known benefits of insulation that are equally important. For example, did you know that improving your homeʼs insulation can help to reduce CO2 emissions caused by energy generation?” When choosing insulation for your home, look for products that meet the strictest performance standards and are certified to meet indoor air quality standards.
● On average, one pound of insulation saves 12 times as much energy in its first year in place as the energy used to produce it.
● That means the energy required for production is saved during the first 4-5 -weeks of use. The insulation continues to save that amount of energy every year throughout the life of the home or building in which it is installed.
● Typically for every pound of CO2 created during the manufacture of insulation, 330 pounds are saved from being created during the productʼs lifetime.
● The raw materials for the production of fiberglass insulation are sand and recycled glass. Increasing your ʻinsulation IQʼ is the first step in maximizing your energy savings and improving your homeʼs yearround comfort.