It seems that someone is always trying to sell us on quick easy fixes to save money around the home. Not all of these fixes are worth your time. But in the case of home insulation, just a small investment really can pay big dividends in energy saving. In this short video, we’d like to offer you a few facts and some tips and advice about insulation, how insulation works, the different types of insulation and where to insulate in your home.
You’re expending 50-70 percent of your of the energy used in your home on heating and cooling. Here are just a ways to help you use less and save a little more.
How Insulation Works
Heat flows from warmer to cooler until there is no longer a temperature difference. In summer, it seeps into the home through doors, walls, ceiling, floors and windows, and in winter it escapes via the same routes. Whatever the season, a home that is not adequately insulated costs you more money.
How Much Insulation?
Insulation acts as a heat resistance barrier that repels warm air in summer and traps heat inside during winter. An insulation’s heat resistance is measured in R-value, and the greater the R-value, the more heat resistance it provides. The amount of insulation or R-value need for your home will depend on a number of factors including the climate where you live, your present heating and cooling system and the part of the home you are insulating. Our insulation buying guide can help you choose the right type insulation to reduce your heating and cooling cost.
Types of Insulation
Where you need to insulate will largely determine what type of insulation is best for the job. You’ll typically want to use batt or roll fiberglass insulation for unfinished walls, floors and ceilings. But, when adding insulation to an attic or hard to reach areas like an enclosed wall, loose-fill or blown-in cellulose or fiberglass insulation may be a better option. You can rent a blower and do-it-yourself or call on a pro to install it you.
Insulation for the Entire Home
Insulating heating and cooling ducts with insulation jackets and water pipes with insulating sleeves will contribute to your overall home energy saving as well. So will ensuring that all the door and windows around your home have adequate caulking and weather stripping.
You can also use our online insulation calculator the help determine the type and amount of insulation you need for any part of your home based on where you live, the type of heating and cooling system in your home and the size of the area of your home you need to insulate.