The home is a place where the whole family wants to be comfortable, and part of the comfort is adequate regulation of the temperature in the home. During cold winters, heat can escape through the roof, walls, windows and floors. It can be a rather costly exercise to keep the heat inside the building without any insulation.
Roof and ceiling insulation can normally prevent around thirty percent of heat inside the home escaping into the outside. Insulation can be built into walls upon construction of the home, but it can be very difficult to insulate walls well after they have been built. Floors, and specifically timber floors, are prone to losing a lot of heat through the cracks in between the slats and beams. It is estimated that up to fifteen percent of household heat can be lost through the floor in cold temperatures.
Adversely, when it is hot, the heat can permeate through uninsulated areas such as the walls, ceiling and floors, and the temperature in the building is increased and energy is spent on air conditioners and fans to decrease the temperature. Insulation can provide the necessary barrier to prevent this from happening.
As far as floors are concerned, the ground can get very cold during extended cold spells and the cold temperature can move up into the home, bringing down the temperature. When it has rained for a while, moisture or damp can also move up into the home through the floor if insulation is not present.
Insulation comes in various shapes and materials, and is made to fit just about any area where it is required. Typically, fibre fillings or loose fillings are used for ceilings, walls or roofs, as it can be injected into cavities where other types of insulation may not be very effective.
Other ceiling and wall insulation include blanket insulation and panel insulation. These are usually made from fiberglass, wool, and polystyrene. Some insulation materials are even made from products that have been recycled. This makes insulation not only a good option when it comes to energy and cost saving, but it is a good environmental option.