How Energy Efficient Insulation Can Save You Money
You can live in any type of home, even an older one. But even if your house is older, and the insulation is failing, this doesn’t give any reason why you should have to suffer the heat during the summer months and freeze all throughout the cold winters. Many years ago, a ton of emphasis was not put on energy efficient homes. We had lesser amounts of insulation that you’d expect on a new home which is built today. With proper insulation, you can save up to 50% on your heating and cooling bills, which may add up to hundreds of dollars annually you can use otherwise.
It is important to note, however, that the effectiveness of the insulation will, however, depend on many factors, such as where you live because the cold or heat may be harsher than a milder climate would be, thus decreasing the effectiveness of the insulation.
Different types of Insulation
Each type of Insulation will state the R-Value. This is measured per inch and is to represent the resistance of heat transfer which takes place at that rate. With this value, the bigger the number the better the insulation, which results in a more energy efficient home. In tightly spaced areas it is a good idea to use a insulation which has a very good R-value. However, in places with more room, you can typically get away with a lower R-value material by using a thicker layer. This is because the better insulation is more expensive, so the lower R-value can be used in larger quantities whilst being more cost effective.
The General rule of thumb you can follow is that the more insulation that you end up using, the more your heating and cooling bill will go down, thus creating an energy efficient environment. However, it is worth noting that there is a point where the amount of insulation you use will become less effective than what is desirable cost wise. If you wish to know this exact point, you should consult with the Department of Energy, to find out what the right amount of insulation to use based on the climate you live in.
Where to Add insulation
There are multiple places in which it is wise to add insulation first. The first among all of the various places insulation should be added in the attic. It is common knowledge that heat rises, so insulating your attic is a great place to start.
Another place which should be the next on the list of places to add insulation to are the walls on the main floors with particular emphasis on the exterior walls first, because these will have the most effect as these walls are closest to the outside. After you have insulated the exterior walls, move towards the interior walls from there.
The last place in which to install insulation will be your basements and crawl spaces. This is because even though heat will rise, it also has the ability to dissipate in any different direction. Adding insulation to these suggested spots in your home will create an energy efficient atmosphere.
If you believe that your home’s heating and cooling bills could be reduced and more energy efficient by adding insulation to your home, we would be happy to help you. Contact us online or by calling us at 314-845-9144 to schedule an appointment.