Three Important Facts About Home Insulation

According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling make up anywhere from 50 to 70% of the energy used in the typical American home. Furthermore, the leading causes of energy waste in most homes are air leakage and inadequate insulation. Given these facts, it behooves homeowners to take the time to make sure their homes are well-insulated. Here are three important facts to consider when insulating your home.

1. The Most Effective Types of Insulation

Understanding the most effective types of insulating material depends upon many factors, including:

•   Where you plan to insulate
•   The size of the space to be insulated
•   How much material is realistically needed

Before you make any purchases, be sure to answer the above questions first. For example, loose-fill is a good option for irregularly shaped areas, attic floors, and wall cavities, whereas rigid fiber works well around ducts and other areas where high temperatures occur.

2. Energy Savings and R-Ratings

As one of the main reasons for insulating your home is increasing energy savings, you’ll want to know what the R-rating is for any given type of insulating material you choose. The “R” in “R-value” stands for thermal resistance. Put simply, the higher the R-value, the more effective the insulating material will be.

Additionally, be sure you’re using the material in the way the manufacturer has designed for it to be used. A material with a high R-value may be virtually useless if it’s installed incorrectly or used to insulate a space that it’s not designed for.

3. Installation of Insulation

Remember that most insulating material contains fiberglass, which damages the lungs if inhaled and irritates the eyes and skin. Therefore, consider contacting an HVAC professional familiar with installation rather than trying to do it yourself. If you do install the material yourself, be sure to take the proper safety precautions.

Call Roscoe Brown for additional information regarding upgrading the insulation in your home.