When it comes to making an immediate impact on household energy savings, boosting insulation is one of your best options. Even if you have a tight budget, a cost-effective insulation strategy is sure to bring a quick return on your investment. The question is: Where do you start?
Start With The Attic
Not only is the attic one of the easiest areas of your home to insulate, adding insulation in this area has the potential to yield the largest results in terms of energy savings. Of course, before you begin purchasing additional insulation for your attic space, you’ll want to measure current insulation levels to make sure additional insulation is worth the investment.
Insulation levels are measured in R-value, an indication of thermal resistance. If your current R-value is less than R-38, additional insulation will be beneficial. Ideally, R-values for attic insulation in the Greater Cleveland area should fall somewhere between R-38 and R-49. If your current R-value is inadequate, the attic should be the first focus of your cost-effective insulation strategy.
When it comes to insulating your attic, you have several options, but one of the most practical is fiberglass batts. The design of this insulation is well-suited to insulating between attic floor joists and wall studs. You can also use a variety of loose-fill materials to complement fiberglass batts; this is especially useful in those oddly-shaped, hard-to-reach attic spaces.
Other Cost-Effective Options
- If exterior walls are a major source of energy loss in your home, consider insulating with rigid foam. Although this material may be more expensive initially, it is often twice as efficient in preventing heat exchange.
- If you have ducts running through unconditioned areas of your home, such as your crawl space, insulation can help protect the integrity of your conditioned air from external temperatures.
Of course, these are just a few of your options when devising a cost-effective insulation strategy. How your money is best spent depends heavily on the unique demands of your household. For assistance in improving your household energy efficiency, speak to one of our trained technicians. Contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbingtoday.
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