Improving the insulation in your walls can help you save money on energy bills, but did you know that it can also be great for the environment? In fact, great insulation is one of the basic prerequisites of an eco-friendly home. Here are three ways that improved wall insulation can help the environment.
1. Reducing noise pollution
If you live in a city, improved wall insulation can help reduce your stress and improve your quality of life by helping to deaden sounds coming into your home from outside. But did you know that reducing noise pollution is also an eco-friendly measure? Your improved wall insulation will help to absorb any noise you yourself create, reducing the effect of your contribution to noise pollution on the surrounding ecosystems.
That's because, in addition to protecting you from noise that originates outside your home, sound-absorbing insulation also catches and deadens sounds that originate inside your home. This reduces the impact your TV, rock music, vacuum cleaner, and appliance noises can have on the ambient noise levels in your neighborhood.
2. Urban heat island effect
Of course, insulation doesn't just catch and neutralize noise; its primary purpose is to reduce the transfer of heat between your home and the surrounding environment. This is a great thing for eco-friendly living because, first of all, it reduces your direct contribution to global warming via heat escape.
But in addition, it helps ameliorate the local effects of escaping heat on your urban area. The urban heat island effect, as it's called, can often raise the ambient temperature in and around a city by several degrees. This reduces extremes of cold in the winter and increases extremes of heat in the summer, and can completely disrupt local ecosystems by changing the climate to a warmer one than the local wildlife and plants are adapted to. So, anything you can do to reduce your contribution to the heat island effect is a great eco-friendly step.
3. Wear and tear on HVAC
A third way that insulation can help you help the environment is by making things easier on your HVAC. When your heated and cooled air is constantly escaping from your home, the HVAC system has to work much harder to keep your home livable. But great insulation can greatly reduce the amount of hours your heat pump has to work, resulting in less wear and tear, less overheating, and less chance of sudden failure.
These are just three of the ways in which insulation can help you help the environment. You can increase the eco-friendliness of your insulation even more by carefully choosing a responsibly sourced insulation product.