Unless you live in Paradise, where the weather is almost always perfect, your home will require some kind of heating, venting, and air conditioning system to cool you down in the summer and warm you up in the winter. This, however, accounts for more than half of your energy use – which can really put a damper on your monthly electricity bills.
Increasing the level of insulation within your home could save you hundreds of dollars. This home improvement project is essential for maintaining an energy-efficient and comfortable home. Energy efficiency is the act of ensuring the energy you consume is used efficiently by properly maintaining your HVAC equipment and increasing your home’s thermal resistance.
Maximize Your Savings with These Insulation Tips
Insulation Tip #1: Locate Problem Areas
Many homes throughout Washington have been found to be lacking adequate amounts of insulation in areas such as attic spaces. These areas allow warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer to escape all too easily. This can really put a strain on your HVAC system. An in-depth energy audit can provide you with this information.
Insulation Tip #2: Check the New Insulation’s R-Value
Knowing what your recommended insulation’s r-value – a measure of thermal resistance – is a necessity. Each person’s recommended values will differ from one another depending on their area’s climate and the type of HVAC system they use. The higher the R-value; the greater the effectiveness of your insulating materials.
Insulation Tip #3: Select the Appropriate Type of Insulation
For insulation to perform properly, and provide you with ample benefits, the appropriate type of insulation materials must be chosen. This decision should be based on performance desired as well as your budget. Many insulation materials exist including fiberglass, mineral (rock or slag) wool, plastic fibers, natural fibers, cellulose, and spray foam.
Insulation Tip #4: Seal Off Any, And ALL, Air Leaks
This is the easiest way to begin insulating your home. Many homes, according to Energy Star, lose over 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through its duct system due to leaks and poor connections. Finding, and subsequently sealing, those leaks will prevent heated and cooled air from being lost – thus saving you money.
Contact a Insulation Contractor Today
A expert insulation contractor can provide you with an objective assessment of your home’s current insulation levels and materials. They can also guide you on the best methods to correct areas where improvements are needed. This assessment will help you to save money and energy. We invite you to contact Carrig & Dancer today at (253) 584-7704.