An adequately insulated home has a blanket of protection that will keep you comfortable year-round. A home that is properly insulated will stop heat loss and contribute to minimizing your energy consumption. Is your home adequately insulated? How can you tell? If you’ve identified where you have insulation problems, you can fix them and improve your home’s insulation. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to do just that.
Insulation should be carefully thought out and be done in all the right areas of your home. Any part of the home bordering an unconditioned space or the outdoors should be insulated. Areas such as exterior walls, crawl spaced, attics, and basements should be properly insulated. These are vulnerable areas where heat loss is common.
Insulation with quality R-Value fares better than one that has a limited R-value. The higher the R-value of your insulation, the better the performance, in that it will retain the heat in your home, providing adequate insulation. Different parts of the home generally require different insulation levels, but it’s always wise to keep your budget and the specific insulation task in mind.
You should know the type of insulation that is needed for the job before you begin the process. There are different types of insulation and some are best suited for a particular space. Consider your budget and the area that needs the insulation. Rolls and batts, for example, are generally used for wall studs and attics, while rigid foam insulation is commonly used for interior and exterior sheathing. Still, there are other incredible options, like spray foam, among other varieties. You must know what insulation is right for your specific insulation job.
Preventing energy-loss is a key benefit of proper insulation, but you cannot forget your ducts during the installation process. Particularly in an unconditioned area of your home, your ducts should be adequately insulated and sealed to inhibit energy loss. Don’t leave your ductwork vulnerable since the consequence could prove costly for you.
Assess your insulation job and see if it’s a task that you can handle on your own. A manageable attic insulation job that doesn’t require extensive work can be taken on as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project if you know what you are doing. Be sure to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when doing a DIY insulation project. Don’t neglect to wear the appropriate protective gear when doing your DIY insulation installation. Tougher insulation projects that have to do with basements, exterior walls, and crawlspaces are best performed by a professional contractor.
Insulation is important year-round, but especially in the winter season. Your home’s comfort and limiting energy consumption through heat-loss should be a priority. If you’d like to install new insulation in your home, know your options, and get professional help if you need assistance. Contact Anderson Insulation of Maine to learn more.