Most homes are insulated to a certain extent, and unless you find it often gets chilly indoors, it's probably not something you give much thought to. There's usually room to improve your insulation, but the association between insulation and warmth means it is not something people in well-heated homes usually think about.
But there's more to good insulation than keeping you warm. It provides plenty of other benefits, too, and they're useful to just about any homeowner.
It keeps you cool when it's hot outside
Although insulation is usually thought of in terms of keeping a building warm, what it actually does is regulate the interior temperature and keep it more stable.
That means that, on hot summer days, it will be easier to keep your home cool, so you'll struggle less to feel comfortable and get a good night's sleep.
You'll have a lower carbon footprint
Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather outside, you'll most likely be using energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Better insulation makes it faster to cool or heat your interior, and with less air escaping, the air conditioning and heating don't need to kick in so often. Less energy usage means your carbon footprint is lower, and your home is more environmentally friendly.
If that doesn't convince you, remember that it also means your bills will be lower and you'll save a bit of money each month.
It reduces outside noise
If you live in a busy urban area, there's a good chance you get disturbed by noise outside. You can't stop the noise, but you can reduce how much of it you hear.
Insulation keeps things noticeably quieter in your home and adding more or improving what you have can make a big difference to your peace and quiet. It can help a lot with noisy neighbours, too.
You'll have a healthier home
Moisture can be a huge problem in some homes, and moisture usually means you'll see mould start to grow sooner or later. Insulation, particularly in the roof space, reduces moisture by keeping it at a temperature more consistent with the rest of the house. You can also add insulation around pipes and ducts that are cold, which will further reduce condensation.
A well-insulated home also keeps more allergens and pollution from getting inside, which makes your home a much healthier, happier place to be.