Over the past twenty years, the environment has become a major issue for Quebecers. So today, the ecological quality of our homes is clearly at the heart of our concerns. Where to start to make your home greener? How can you reduce your energy consumption, and therefore reduce your production of greenhouse gases?
Since heating mobilizes more than 60% of residential energy consumption in Canada, it’s difficult to talk about an ecological house without first talking about adequate and efficient residential insulation. Indeed, optimal thermal sealing is synonymous with superior energy efficiency!
Here’s how you can contribute to a healthier environment simply by improving the insulation of your home.
USE OF RECYCLED AND ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS
Type 2 Sprayed Urethane
Did you know that some insulating materials are designed with full respect for the environment? Démilec’s HEATLOK Soya HFO pro sprayed urethane (also called “polyurethane”), for example, is made from recycled plastic bottles, renewable natural oils, soy and water. In addition, not only is urethane a green solution, it also offers a very high R-value of 6 per inch, in addition to offering exceptional durability.
Cellulose fibre (or wadding) is also one of the natural insulating materials. Composed of more than 85% recycled newsprint from printing factories, cellulose is a smart, environmentally friendly and economical choice. It is neither toxic, nor irritating, nor polluting and its treatment with borax (a natural mineral product) gives it great resistance to fire, mildew and insects. Ideal for roof insulation, it guarantees efficient insulation and maintains its R-value all year-round, regardless of the outside temperature.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SAVINGS
Adequate insulation can significantly reduce energy consumption by reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. Therefore, energy efficiency allows substantial savings in heating and electricity, while reducing your ecological footprint. In the long term, efficient insulation also protects you against possible increases in energy costs!
INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND COMFORT
A well-insulated home will first and foremost be watertight and airtight, ensuring:
-A more uniform interior temperature, during summer and winter
-An adequate level of indoor humidity
-A mildew-free indoor environment
Therefore, you benefit from healthier ambient air in all seasons and from a home devoid of cold areas in winter, providing you and your family with unparalleled comfort!
This article was originally published on May 17, 2022 by Marcel Lapierre
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