There are many things on peoples’ “to-do” lists this time of year when it comes to increasing the performance of their homes for the colder months ahead. They want to save money, reduce energy consumption and ensure a comfortable house.

Here at BelRed, we can make informed, personalized decisions when it comes to proper insulation in your home. For the purposes of this two part blog post series, we’ve given you some insight and tips on where to start when thinking about insulation upgrades or first-time installs. Below, you’ll find the second and final part of this insulation series.

Ensure proper airflow. Improperly installed insulation and complementing accessories can cause poor air flow and moisture problems in the home. In particular, making sure airflow is maximized in high moisture areas such as attics is extremely important. Proper ventilation in your attic can also reduce expensive cooling bills during the warm summer months. It’s important, however, to not ventilate attics with insulation on the underside of the roof, as that can result in a great deal of wasted energy.

Consider external factors. When selecting the type of insulation you’ll be using during your home improvement project, be sure to consider some key factors before making a purchase or selecting a contractor. Some of these factors include your home’s climate, your home’s design or our overall budget. These, among others, can impact your initial decision making process greatly.

Avoid fire hazards. When installing insulation, it’s always important to ensure the insulation is far enough away from lighting fixtures, typically recessed lighting. One exception is insulation with an IC (insulation contact) rating. If you are unsure about any safety issues during insulation installation, be sure to consult a professional.

Insulation can bring a huge amount of value to your home’s overall energy efficiency. This is especially true now, as there are many incentive and rebate programs in our area that can bring a great deal of savings to this type of project and provide short-term and long-term benefits to you and your home. Organizations such as Snohomish County Public Utility District, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Community Power Works are offering big rebates for insulation projects.

Call BelRed today to find out about current incentive programs and a specialized plan for your home insulation needs.

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