Areas in your home that need to be well insulated include the attic, walls, crawl space and basements.
Before installing any new insulation get an inspection by a licensed insulation contractor or check with your local building code for R-value recommendations and any vapor barrier requirements that apply to your area. Insulation R-Values varies by location, it is important to know the R-Value required in your area before commencing the installation.
In crawlspaces and basements, make sure there are no cracks in the foundation, if there are any cracks the best way to seal them would be using mortar mix. There is no getting around it: If your house is in a cold climate, keeping it warm in winter is expensive. The Department of Energy estimates that a properly insulated attic can shave 10 to 50 percent off your heating bill. It works the opposite way for warm climates; in summer, it helps stabilize your house's indoor temps to keep cooling needs in check.
There are a variety of insulation materials that can be use such as fiberglass, cellulose, rock wool, polyurethane foam, etc. Insulation comes in different forms such as loose fill, batted and hard foam. Before installing insulation, it is recommended to seal any gaps with hard foam that allow unconditioned air into the space that you are insulating. Areas that need more attention would be around light fixtures, plumbing tubes, electrical wires, ductwork etc. Choosing the right type of insulation for your home can be difficult since there are many different insulation types. Some insulation options would be, loose-fill-fiberglass, cellulose, fiberglass-batt insulation, rockwool, denim-insulation, spray-foam insulation, etc.
BENEFITS FOR INSTALLING INSULATION
Fiberglass can be thought of as thinly stretched strings of glass, which are then bunched together to make a batt. Foam insulation, which is installed on the underside of the roof, is similar to foam expelled from a spray can that then hardens, on a larger scale. Since we do not install foam insulation for several reasons, let us come for an inspection and we will assess your situation and will recommend the best insulation option in your case.
If you’re not sure which type of insulation to install, we, at Trioteam can help you decide which insulation will best fit your home needs.