Hasn’t it been nice not to spend a good part of your day stuck in rush hour traffic on your way to and from work in downtown Charlotte? If there’s been a silver lining to the past year, it’s that your job has been much more open to remote work, and maybe you’ve realized that you want to make the arrangement more permanent post-pandemic.
So where should you start? If you’ve got a bonus room that you’ve been eyeing as a potential future office, you’ll want to make it as inviting and enjoyable a place to work as possible. And while it might be fun to think about furniture or artwork to put on the walls, there are some essential improvements you’ll want to make first to get the most out of your new working environment.
Why Insulation and Air Sealing Are Important in Your Bonus Room
Insulation slows the transfer of heat, and the more properly your bonus room is insulated, the more comfortable you’ll be able to keep it. But insulation is only part of the equation. The other half is slowing air movement—and many insulation types aren’t as effective if they’re exposed to moving air. Air sealing closes up tiny cracks and gaps that can let air in and out of a bonus room, and also protects your insulation, keeping the space more comfortable.
Now that you’re making that bonus room a real living space where you’ll be spending a lot of time, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of it, and insulation and air sealing are the first steps.
4 Benefits From Air Sealing and Insulation for Your Added Room
1. Improved comfort
With less heat and air movement in and out of your bonus room, you’ll be able to keep your new office comfortable year-round. Insulation and air sealing will keep your bonus room cool in the summer and warm in the winter, leaving you to focus on your work.
As you well know, it can be impossible to get anything done at work without peace and quiet. If your bonus-room-turned-office is right above the garage, or your neighbors can get a little noisy, it can make your office an unpleasant place to be. Luckily, insulation and air sealing can help with soundproofing your new workspace as well.
3. Keeps outdoor air pollution out
Without air sealing, outdoor air can infiltrate your new office, carrying mold spores, pollen, and other air pollutants with it. A properly insulated and air sealed bonus room will create a healthier indoor working environment.
4. Saves you money
Adding a bonus room means your heating and cooling systems will have a larger area to serve, so your energy bills will go up—the question is by how much. If your bonus room is under-insulated and has air leaks, your new office will likely be a source of significant energy waste, driving up your utility bills while still likely leaving you uncomfortable. But with proper insulation and air sealing, you can keep energy costs low year-round.
Reach Out to Standard Insulating to Make the Most of Your Remote Office
Whether you still haven’t built out your bonus room and want to make sure you get the job done right for maximum comfort, or you’ve already settled into your new office already but you’re just not comfortable and you need help fixing it, give Standard Insulating Company a call. From a single room to your entire home, we offer a number of different insulation solutions for North Carolina homeowners, including radiant barriers as well as fiberglass and cellulose insulation options that can absorb sounds, create even and consistent comfort, and keep energy costs low.