With skyrocketing utility costs becoming the norm in most U.S. cities, taking a “whole house” approach to reducing energy waste and maximizing household energy expenditures is a necessity for any homeowner.
One of the fastest and most cost effective ways do this is by inspecting your homes insulating system. A sound insulating system entails a combination of products and construction techniques which enhance your home’s thermal performance while protecting it against air infiltration and controlling moisture levels.
Proper insulation will reduce your heating and cooling needs by up to 30 percent. But how do you determine if your home’s insulation is optimal, and if not, what are the next steps?
How to Inspect Your Insulation
Insulation is measured in “R-values.” The higher the R-value, the more your walls and roof will resist the transfer of heat.
Different areas of your home will typically be insulated with different R-values.
Check the insulation in the attic, ceilings and exteriorwalls, as well as your floors to ensure that it meets with the recommended standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Energy. (The Department of Energy recommends R-value ranges based on local utility costs and climate conditions in different areas of the country.)
Should you discover that your existing R-values fall below the recommended ranges, you may choose to call a professional to handle installation of new insulation for you. Your insulation professional will probably suggest that you use higher-density insulation, such as ridged foam boards, in cathedral ceilings and exterior walls.
It’s important that you know that insulation generally comes in four configurations: batts, rolls, loose-fills, and ridged foam boards.
In many cases, having new insulation is a great selling point for a home — particularly because it can save the new owner money over time.
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