Un­der­stand­ing in­su­la­tion

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

“Many Cana­di­ans have a good ʻ in­su­la­tion IQʼ and ap­pre­ci­ate how in­su­la­tion can help re­duce en­ergy bills while cre­at­ing a more com­fort­able house­hold en­vi­ron­ment,” says Pierre Cyr, an in­su­la­tion ex­pert.

“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 year-round com­fort.

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