Do you know why saving money is the second-best thing about a well-insulated house?

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Most homeowners know that a well-insulated home will save them money on their utility bills year-round. Yet, there is another, perhaps even more important, benefit to having your home evaluated and “tightened up” this winter: comfort.

History of Insulation

Long gone are the days when we had to bundle up in furs around a stone encircled, flint-lit fire to stay warm. However, the luxury of having a well-insulated home wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today without the inventors and problem-solvers of the past finding new and innovative ways to stay comfortable in every season.

Here are a few fun quiz questions to test how well you know your insulation history:

Prehistoric people built their dwellings by using:
A: Animal skins
B: Plant materials
C: Animal Fur
D: All of the above

This type of insulation was first displayed in an elaborate dress at the 1893 World’s Fair.
A: Fiberglass
B: Asbestos
C: Rockwool
D: Cellulose

What was hung on the walls of palaces in medieval time to combat the drafts between stones?
A. Plastic hangings
B. Paintings
C. Tapestries
D. Torches

The Ancient Egyptians added ______ linings in the skirts and loincloths to keep warm during the colder months.
A. Linen
B. Papyrus
C. Beaded
D. Feather

This material was used by Ancient Greeks for their kings’ funeral dress, napkins, and for their eternal flame wicks.
A. Polyester
B. Asbestos
C. Wool
D. Silk

Vikings and Eastern Europeans used this technique to insulate the spaces between boards and logs in their homes and buildings.
A. Cementing
B. Sandblasting
C. Mud Chinking
D. Batting

Answers to the quiz:

Take a look at how you did below. No matter how many you got right, you are sure to have learned something fascinating about the history of insulation in the process.

  1. D: All of the above. Yet, these natural materials cannot exist for long which makes it hard for them to satisfy long-term needs for insulation. As a result, people began to search for more resilient substitutes.
  2. A: Fiberglass. At the 1893 World’s Fair onlookers were able to view an extravagant fiberglass cloth dress. Fiberglass insulation wasn’t produced until 1938. 

    Georgia Cayvan in her glass dress, ca. 1893 (source: wikipedia)
  3. C: Tapestries. In medieval times, tapestries were hung on the walls of palaces to fight the drafts between stones.
  4. B: Papyrus. Ancient Egyptians added layers of papyrus linings to their loincloths to stay warm.
  5. B. Asbestos. The Ancient Greeks named the fabric asbestos and viewed its fire resistance as mystical in nature. The Greeks were also the first to realize that asbestos causes “lung sickness.”
  6. C. Mud Chinking. When the mud was combined with straw and the dung from horses or cattle, creating daub, it became a stronger building material.

Now that we’ve moved into the modern age, there are ways to ensure that every space in your home is comfortable. While you may have some areas that are cozy enough this winter, perhaps other rooms of your home will benefit from an insulation makeover from The Drying Co.

The Drying Co. strives to bring you comfort this winter with immediate results.

“As a company we investigate what’s causing our customers to be uncomfortable within their homes, “said Tyler Tetreault, Assistant General Manager of The Drying Co. “Our company specializes in fixing older homes to make our customers more comfortable, increase efficiency to reduce utility costs, improve indoor air quality and structure stability.”

To get a full assessment of your home’s insulation needs, contact The Drying Co. by clicking here.


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