One of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency in hour home (and savings on energy costs) is with insulation. Whether you’re adding to your existing insulation, or installing new insulation, it’s important to make sure it’s the right type for the job. There are many types and grades of insulation for different areas in your home. To better understand your project, here’s a few tips for a basic guide to insulation:
- Where do you need new insulation installed?
This is where you will have to roll up your sleeves and inspect your home. Insulation should be installed from the roof of your home to the foundation. This may include your attic, ducts, ceilings, outer walls, the garage and your basement.
- Do you need to add insulation?
While older homes may have insulation, most of them have far less than homes that are built today. Adding to existing insulation takes into consideration how much you already have in place, what type, and what thicknesses. Although this is just a basic guide to insulation, you may need expert advice to make sure that all the nooks and crannies of your home are adequately sealed.
- What are R ratings?
The R rating in insulation stands for resistance-to-heat. The higher the rating, the higher the quality of the insulation. When you add layers of insulation, add their R ratings to get a total resistance number. When installed properly, the insulation will prevent air from moving around studs and through electrical plates in your home. Be careful not to compress the insulation when adding to existing layers; this will nullify its effectiveness.
Finally, when working with insulation, you may find that you need a lot more than a basic guide to insulation, in which case you can get in touch with the good folks at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been serving the Greater Cleveland area for more than 77 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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