As a follow up to our most recent blog post with tips of initial consideration for insulation projects around your home, we’ve outlined a few more below. If any questions arise based on these tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss with our team here at BelRed.
- Pay attention to the R-value. R-value is the standard measurement of insulation materials. It measures a material’s resistance to heat flow (thermal resistance). The higher the material’s R-value, the better it insulates. The region in which you live will often dictate the R-value level that is appropriate to properly insulate your home. The Department of Energy has a useful R-value calculator that recommends how much insulation you should have in your home depending on your zip code. While insulation costs vary and can increase the higher the measurement, purchasing and installing insulation with a proper R-value can greatly increase your home’s performance and comfort. It can also help you avoid having to install additional insulation in the future.
- Install insulation in the right places. Like most home improvement and home energy projects, determining where to focus your attention with insulation is key to maximizing the potential of the project. Each home is unique in terms of where the best place is to install insulation. Again, this is an area where a qualified professional can help out. Typically, most heat loss in a home occurs through the roof, so the attic may be a good area to direct your attention first. If the attic is unfinished, insulation is typically installed on the floor. If it is finished and used as a living space, insulation can be installed in the attic ceiling for increased comfort and home performance.
- Couple proper ventilation with insulation projects. While properly sealing in heat during the cold months is a great idea and can certainly be done with increased insulation, it’s crucial that air can still circulate in the home. Properly ventilating your home is key to keep the air fresh and clean. Ventilation can also guard against moisture problems, which can result in costly troubles if not taken care of properly (or avoided in the first place).
Researching and determining the best path forward for your home’s insulation can be a lengthy process. Fortunately, we’re here to help if you need it. Making the right decisions and following the correct steps now can save you time and money in the future.Tags: Conservation and Utility Savings