Want to reduce energy loss in your home? Then call the insulation experts at Assured Comfort. We’ll advise you on the best insulation to suit your home’s needs and provide a professional installation to help you achieve maximum energy efficiency. Much of your home’s heat can be lost through the roof, especially if you have insufficient attic insulation. That’s because warm air rises, even inside a house. Heated air expelled by baseboard heaters and radiators can quickly make its way to your ceiling and through your roof. If you can easily see your joists, or if there are ice dams or melting snow on your roof during winter, more insulation is probably needed. Most homes are not adequately insulated, which causes the heating system or furnace to run harder to heat the home. This results in higher utility bills during winter. Adding insulation to the attic, basement walls, crawl spaces, and the floor above an unfinished basement can solve this problem. Are you unsure whether your home is well insulated? Contact us to schedule an appointment to find out.
If you’ve never had a home energy audit before, we recommend you schedule one with us. A home energy audit is a room-by-room review of how efficiently your home uses energy—including an insulation assessment. We’ll show you the energy loss points in your home so you can stop wasting energy and start reducing your energy costs.
How to Choose the Right Insulation for Your Home
While it goes largely unnoticed by homeowners, insulation is an important component in every house. It is what keeps the heat inside of your home and keeps your energy bills down. The United States Department of Energy estimates that as much as 70 percent of the energy used in the country is for heating and air purposes. If your house is not properly insulated, your money could be going right out of your walls – literally. Use the following tips from Assured Comfort to determine the type of insulation that is best for your home:
Know your R-Value
One of the most important qualities of insulation is its R-value. This is the measure of the insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value, the better it is at insulating. Use the map below and its corresponding table (courtesy of Lowe’s home improvement) to determine the R-value you need based on what region of the country you live in.
Types of Insulation
There are multiple types of insulation options available, each with its own advantages. These include:
- Blow-in insulation is loose insulation that is sprayed into place via pressurized air equipment. It is useful for hard-to-reach places and can be applied over existing installations to fill cavities.
- Batts are precut pieces of insulation that are easy to handle and install between wall studs. While they are soft and fluffy, compressing them can significantly decrease their R-value.
- Rolls are similar to batts because they are precut by width, but come in much larger lengths to cover long stretches of floors and crawlspaces.
- Rigid Foam insulation refers to sheets of polystyrene which insulate while providing a partial vapor barrier.
Where to Insulate
Nearly any part of your home can be insulated, but these are the top five areas according to CertainTeed:
- Your attic. Since warm air rises, up to 50 percent of heat can be lost through your attic.
- Your basement. An un-insulated basement can lose up to 30 percent of your home’s heat.
- Walls. Failing to insulate your walls can result in drafty rooms and significant heat loss.
- Floors. Without insulation, floors are often cold during the winter months and can lose some of your home’s heat.
- Ducts. In order for heating and A/C systems to deliver a consistent temperature year-round, the air ducts should be insulated.
Home Insulation Tips
Insulating your home is the number one step you can take to save energy and money. Insulation reduces the exchange of air through your walls, attic, roof and air ducts. Less warm air escapes from the house during the winter, and less cold air escapes during the summer. This means less energy is needed for heating and cooling. It all makes good financial sense to homeowners, which is why people across the country are turning to insulation in order to save money on their monthly energy bills. But before you begin your home’s insulation project, read through these tips:
- Locate problem areas. To determine which areas of your home need insulation, first find out where you are losing the most heat. The best way to do this is through a professional energy audit. You can also diagnose problem areas in your home with a simple hand test. Dampen your hand with water and run it near your home’s walls, doors, windows and outlets. If you feel your hand get colder, air is likely seeping through that spot.
- Add weatherstripping. Windows and doors are responsible for a large amount of heat loss in most homes. Insulating can be a difficult and expensive task. For a quick fix, seal cracks around windows and doors with weather strips. They can be purchased at your local hardware store, cut to size, and installed quickly. Weatherstripping can do a good job of stopping small air leaks.
- Get the right R-Value. Before purchasing insulation for your home, it is important to get the correct R-Value. Exactly which R-value is best depends on the part of the country you live in and which part of the house you are insulating. Here is a map of recommended R-Values based on which area of the country you live in, courtesy of theDepartment of Energy.
Assured Comfort Heating, Air, Plumbing’s is Georgia’s leading provider for heating and air conditioning services, including insulation services. From furnace repairs to HEPA filter installations, we can meet all of your HVAC needs. We also provide home energy audits and insulation solutions. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (770) 872-4168 or schedule a service online and save 10%.