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Fun Facts About Home Insulation

The insulation in your home is one of the most important things keeping you happy and comfortable in your home. Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about insulation.
Facts about home insulation

Insulation Facts

Home insulation isn’t something you normally give a lot of thought to. You know it’s somewhere in your walls and ceiling, and hope it’s doing its job. The insulation in your home is one of the most important things keeping you happy and comfortable in your home. Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about insulation:

1. Insulation Had a VERY Dirty Beginning

Insulation has come a long way. You might say that it started at the ground and worked its way up…literally. The first form of insulation was dirt and was used to keep homes both cool and warm. Ancient Egyptians would use dirt and clay to keep the day’s heat out of their homes. Vikings would shove dirt and grass in between the logs of their homes to keep the heat in.

2. Asbestos Used to Be the Most Popular Insulation

Asbestos was used as a favorite for insulation from the times of the Ancient Greeks until the 1970s. In fact, the Greeks thought that asbestos had special powers because it was flame resistant. The word asbestos means “inextinguishable.” It was commonly used as insulation until scientists were able to link it to several serious health conditions.

3. Fiberglass Insulation Was Invented by Accident

Fiberglass is one of the most commonly used forms of insulation today, but it was invented entirely by accident. According to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in 1932, Dale Kleist was working with Games Slayter and Jack Thomas. They were trying to improve glass technology by sealing “together architectural blocks by melting and spraying glass.” Their attempt was unsuccessful, but a happy accident occurred, and fiberglass was invented.

4. Heating and Cooling Use A LOT of Energy

Did you know that in the United States, heating and cooling a home “accounts for 50-70% of the energy” that is consumed?

5. The Majority of Homes Aren’t Insulated Properly

You may find it shocking that 90% of the single-family homes in the US are under-insulated. This means that 90% of Americans are using a lot of energy and money to heat and cool their homes.

What Would Happen if Homes Were Properly Insulated?

The answer to this question is staggering. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), if homes were properly insulated.

  1. A properly insulated home with insulation up to current building regulations will use half the amount of energy/natural gas as a home with no insulation.

  2. There would be enough energy to power Las Vegas for 150 years if 1-million homes in North America had proper insulation.

  3. If EVERY home in North America were insulated up to current building regulations, they would save enough energy each year to provide power to a rock concert for 500 years.
  4. If EVERY home in North America were insulated up to current building regulations, it would eliminate 2 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year. To remove this much carbon dioxide from the air naturally, you would need five million times the amount of trees in Central Park in New York City.

If your interest in insulation is piqued and you would like to know if your home is properly insulated, RetroFoam of the Carolinas is happy to help. Reach out to us today for more information!

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