The level of your home insulation drives year-round heating and cooling costs. Improving it where it's inadequate will pay for itself in lower energy costs and greater indoor comfort. Any part of your home that has outdoor exposure needs insulation to resist heat transfer inside and outside its structure.
Important Areas for Home Insulation
- Attic - Attics in this region need between 16 and 20 inches of loose or fiberglass batt insulation to slow heat transfer. Enough insulation keeps heating bills lower and prevents ice dams from forming.
- Walls - Walls of your home should contain enough insulation between the studs so air can't seep between the exterior and interior. If you find that there are uninsulated areas within the walls, consider working with contractors who specializes in dense pack loose fill home insulation. They use drills to cut holes into the wall and blowers to insert it.
- Ductwork - Insulated ductwork for the HVAC system reduces thermal losses that occur if ducts run through unconditioned spaces like the attic or basement. The insulation around ducts should have an R-value of 8. An HVAC contractor can seal the ducts tightly and install insulation around them.
- Basement -Cold air seeps into your basement from the foundation and its walls. Sometimes basement walls are insulated from the outside during the construction process, but if yours weren't, it's not difficult to add insulation by using rigid foam sheets or batt insulation between wood framing, if the walls are still unfinished. If your basement has moisture problems, you may need to hire a contractor specializing in basement weatherization.
Sometimes basement ceilings have batt insulation in them to reduce heat loss during the winter. However, if the basement walls and ceiling aren't insulated, you'll get the best return from insulating the walls instead of the ceiling. If your home's plumbing runs through the basement, you're also at risk of frozen pipes when you insulate the ceiling without addressing the walls.
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