Insulation and Global Warming

Insulation and Global WarmingGlobal warming and climate change have been in the news long enough now that just about everyone is familiar with the concept and what it could mean for our future. Many Albany, NY homeowners have “gone green” as a result, buying local and avoiding the use of chemicals that could potentially contribute to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. But did you know that the type of insulation you choose for your home could be a contributing factor? If you answer ‘no,’ you’re not alone.

No matter how old or new your home is, there’s a good chance its insulation is not exactly environmentally friendly. While there are ways to change this, it helps to start with a basic understanding of how insulation and global warming are connected in the first place.

Why Choose Spray Foam over Fiberglass?

Global warming may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about insulation, but the two are connected. To start off, insulation creates better energy efficiency in your home, which decreases carbon usage.

But the type of insulation you choose plays into the larger global warming picture, and not all types are created equal. Fiberglass insulation takes more energy to produce and ship than it can typically save in a common household. Fiberglass has what scientists call a high Global Warming Potential (GWP), mainly because of how it is made and the fact that it isn’t nearly as energy efficient as water blown spray foam. The fiberglass manufacturing process takes fossil fuels and nonrenewable resources that in turn release carbon dioxide into the air.

Fiberglass is still a good option for many homeowners, and we don’t want to bash it, but it’s good to be aware of the full manufacturing lifecycle and what it may mean for our planet.

What You Can Do

If you’re interested in upgrading your home’s insulation, there are a variety of things you can do to ensure that you’re taking the most “green” approach. First, look for insulation with a high R-Value, such as water blown spray foam. Next, contact Zerodraft and schedule a home energy assessment. We’ll help to determine exactly which type of insulation may be right for your home and isolate issues that may be getting in the way of home performance.

Lessening your home’s impact on global warming is possible, and it all starts with a home energy assessment. Contact Zerodraft today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

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