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Insulation

Save on Cooling and Heating Costs

There are many simple steps you can take to fend off those high energy costs, but few are as important as a good insulation system. With energy prices likely to continue rising, this is a big part of your basic cost of living.

Insulation upgrading (especially attics) is one of those home maintenance tasks that is too often overlooked. But it contributes to the quality of your air, the price of your energy bills, your impact on the environment, and your own health and quality of life. If you suspect you might need more insulation, less, or a different kind, it is important to get a professional opinion. The difference will surprise you.

Here's a list of areas to focus on to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible all year round.

Attic Insulation
You know how your mother always told you that 90% of your body heat escapes from your head when you refused to put on your stocking cap? Same goes for your home. Everybody from the U.S. Department of Energy to the North American Insulation Manufacturer's Association (NAIMA) agrees that insufficient attic insulation is a prime source of heating and cooling loss year round, making the attic a great place to start when it comes to insulation in your home.

Wall Insulation
The wall insulation that provides a barrier between you and the outdoors is the down parka of the insulation world. If you don't have it, you need it, and if it's not up to snuff, you should upgrade it. If you have questions about the current state of the wall insulation in your home (the DOE's EERE points out that insulation can settle over time, and that many older homes are under-insulated by today's standards), an energy auditor can utilize a number of strategies to determine whether wall insulation needs to be on your priority list, including thermographic and infrared whole house scans.

Basements and Crawlspaces
It's true that being below ground provides a certain amount of natural insulation all on its own, but that doesn't mean that your basement or crawlspace can't benefit from a little insulation upgrade either. It's like wearing (or not wearing) a good pair of snow boots. Pull on a pair of wool socks and your Sorels and you won't have to think twice about your how cold your toes are. Go outside in a pair of flip-flops, however, and it doesn't matter how bundled up the rest of you is, you're guaranteed to feel the cold.

Windows and Doors
Imagine taking your heavy coat and cutting holes out of about half of the fabric. Now think about how effective that jacket would be at keeping you warm on a blustery, winter day. Sounds chilly doesn't it? The truth of the matter is that windows can make up as much as 40% of the surface area in an average sized home, and can account for as much as 37% of the heat loss, according to the Peace and Environment News. Throw common air leaks that occur around poorly sealed doors into the mix, and it shouldn't be any surprise that installing high efficiency windows and doors can translate into savings as high as $600 a year (according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star Website) for homeowners looking to bolster their home's energy efficiency

 

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Usually, without the help of an expert, you simply won't know how much insulation is enough. It's a difficult balance, which is why there is a construction specialty in insulation contracting. With the demands differing from climate to climate, and home to home, it is hard to know what is adequate when it comes to home insulation. If you are unsure, if you find your home to be drafty, or the air to be stuffy or stale, or if you notice mold in your attic or see spots on your ceiling and suspect it might be from moisture buildup, contact Home Solutions Partners for an expert assessment.