Why Should I Insulate?
Insulation is crucial for a home because it saves energy and money. If you did not have insulation, your furnace would over heat your house, and you would overspend on heating and air conditioning. Besides your attic feeling like a desert, you are also adding an increased expense by as much as 30 percent. To provide adequate heat, you would need a large and expensive heating and cooling device. Without proper insulation, warm and cool air are not properly flowing throughout the house. This in turn will leave some rooms will be much hotter than others.
How Much Insulation Do I Need?
Insulation usually goes around the living area, where you spend your most time. It forms a barrier between the living area and the elements and temperatures from the exterior. Insulation creates a barrier around the living space that reduces the amount of heat exerted from the furnace, and saves you energy costs.
The amount of insulation varies among a few factors:
- The Location of Your Home – Different areas of the U.S. have different climates, which require different insulation R-values. States in the North need higher R-values, whereas states in the South need lower R-values.
- The Age of Your Home – The older the age of your home, the more attention it will need with insulation. If your home is older than 10 years old, you will need more insulation. The insulation wears down over time, making it less effective than the day you installed it. Fiberglass and mineral wool insulation are ideal because they are types of insulation that resist wear.
Insulating Roof and Walls
Most of the heat or cold is lost or gained through roofs or open walls. Air conditioning and heating costs will be reduced to about 40 percent by insulating these areas. Think less pollution and large savings! Insulation is then paid for itself due to money saved from less energy consumption which covers the cost of the insulation.
But insulation is just one step to saving on energy costs. Windows, doors, and walls all can affect energy efficiency and heat gain or loss. Any air gaps (even minuscule) can mean that you are losing heat without even knowing it. By making sure all of these areas in your home are completely covered from outside elements, you can save a lot of money in energy savings. To make an appointment to set up insulation for your home, contact us today!