Film insulation is the best option when you want to save money and space on your property, but you probably shouldn’t rely on it for a full-blown interior.
And for some homeowners, it’s just not worth the hassle.
It’s a “disruptive” method of energy conservation.
While films and other film products can provide a cool and efficient cooling effect when the exterior temperature drops below 60 degrees, it does little to keep your home warm.
“The energy required to cool down your exterior is actually quite low, and it’s a very disruptive method of reducing energy consumption,” said Mark Williams, senior energy expert with the National Association of Home Builders.
That’s why many homeowners choose to invest in more energy-efficient heat and air conditioning systems instead.
But film insulation doesn’t offer that kind of insulation, so you’ll need to install your own.
It requires a lot of energy to produce.
“It’s not a replacement for energy conservation,” Williams said.
“A lot of the energy used to cool the interior is wasted.
It also takes a lot more energy to cool your interior than to cool a film-wrapped home, which is what film insulation is supposed to do.”
It costs money.
“If you’re going to use film insulation for the entire exterior, you’re paying a lot for it,” Williams added.
If you want a complete home, he recommends buying one that is designed to last at least 10 years.
If that’s not possible, you’ll likely have to invest a little more money.
And if you don’t have the money for that, you could try out a new style of wall to try to keep up with the changing times.
“You can’t build a house without the use of wood and metal,” Williams explained.
“So if you want something that’s going to last for the next 10 years, then you have to be very careful about what you buy.
It can be expensive.”
It adds to the energy bill.
The average cost of film insulation in the U.S. is $150 per square foot.
“That’s more than double the price of the same material used for insulation in other countries, including the U of A, where it costs $10 per square yard,” Williams told The Huffington Post.
“With film, you end up having to pay more than that for a lot less insulation.”
It doesn’t provide any protection against fire.
“There is no reason why film insulation should be used to insulate your entire home,” Williams continued.
“Even if you are putting insulation around the outside of the home, there is no way to guarantee it won’t catch fire.”
It won’t help with dust or mildew buildup.
“Film insulation can actually become a fire hazard if left in your home for a long time,” Williams warned.
“In fact, it is highly likely that it will cause you to have to pay for extra energy for this product.”
And if your insulation doesn.t help with mold, mildew, or other problems, it could be expensive to replace.
It might not be good for the environment.
While the energy it uses is insignificant, the environment is at risk, according to the American Institute of Architects.
“While film insulation does reduce the energy usage of the entire home, it will only do so by creating a barrier between your home and the environment,” the organization wrote in its report.
“Additionally, as the home is encased in the film, it creates an environment of pollution, which can also be a detriment to your health.”
It will take time to get used to.
“As a rule of thumb, a house that is built to last longer than 10 years can be considered a classic, and the longer it’s built, the more expensive it becomes,” Williams pointed out.
“Once you’re used to it, it takes time to adapt.
But if you buy it, there are a number of things you can do, such as replacing your ceiling, or adding some insulation around your window.”
It could be dangerous.
“I’ve lived in houses where I had a fire at the beginning of the winter,” Williams noted.
“And I have a neighbor who lived in the same house.
He was in the kitchen making popcorn and when he opened the door, he heard something in the hallway, and he was afraid the fire would spread.”