Do you feel a draft or a chill during the winter months? As the temperature drops, both in South Texas and around the country, is your home getting less comfortable than it was two or three months ago? What about your energy bill? As your thermostat dropped, did you see a noticeable change in your energy savings? Maybe you’re a homeowner who believes that you should be collecting more in energy savings than you currently are? The solution to many woes homeowners face with declining energy savings could be right under their noses or –more specifically—between their walls. Insulation is one of the key factors in the heating or cooling system in any home and, more importantly, is integral to maintaining energy efficiency and locking in energy savings. Additionally, while insulation plays such a key role in bolstering your energy savings, it’s most practical and obvious use may be its most important: keeping your home comfortable. Many homeowners buy top-of-the-line heating units, turn them on, and expect to maximize the comfort in their home. This simply isn’t possible without insulation, which will help your hard working furnace by keeping the air it generates—and your energy savings—between your walls. This also has the added benefit of a longer lasting and efficient furnace—as it won’t be overworked by constantly attempting to heat a home without the proper insulation. So, if you’re noticing unwanted drafts or chills, it’s time to think about ensuring your home is correctly insulated for energy savings.
One of your first steps in ensuring your home has the correct insulation for energy savings is contacting a trusted, experienced insulation professional. Sure, there are many do it yourself insulation guides on the internet, but many of those are written by paid writers who may know nothing about insulation. What today’s homeowner needs is to maximize information technology in the right way, to use the internet to find the best insulation technicians possible. A licensed insulation professional can offer guidance with anything insulation related, such as what kind of insulation is best for your home, or what spots in your home need the most attention in order to maximize energy savings. Many homeowners, upon consulting with an experienced insulation professional, are surprised to learn that, even if their home has preexisting insulation, energy savings may be steadily leaking out of their homes due to under-insulation or not having insulation in the right areas.
To maximize energy efficiency and energy savings, your home should have insulation from the roof all the way down to its foundation. On top of insulation, home owners should consider moisture and air leakage control in every area of the home. Your trusted insulation expert will take you on a tour of your home and highlight the areas that need the most attention, which may be unique to the structure of your home or the way you have furnished it. Generally, there are a few areas in every home that must be paid special attention in order to maximize both the comfort of your home and your own energy savings.
The attic is one of the most important areas for insulation. Due to the way many homes are constructed, attics often let in the most air and, in turn, drain the most energy savings from homes. Experts suggest that homeowners insulate and air seal any knee walls—vertical walls with attic space directly behind them—in your home as well.
Duct insulation is also very important, especially if the ducts in your home are in unconditioned space. Your insulation professional will likely inform you if your ducts are in unconditioned space and advise you on the best types of insulation for them. One tip for home builders is to place ducts in conditioned space and avoid the losses in energy savings common with most duct systems.
Cathedral Ceiling Insulation
Proper insulation of your cathedral ceilings will allow ceiling temperatures to remain closer to room temperatures, which will help to provide even temperature distribution throughout the entire home. Cathedral ceilings must provide space between the roof deck and the home’s ceiling for adequate insulation and ventilation.
Exterior Wall Insulation
When installed with the dense pack technique, blown in insulation will provide significant air sealing. It can be added to exterior walls without much disturbance to finished areas of your home. Along with attic insulation, exterior wall insulation is one of the most important areas of insulation for any home, as it often acts as a sort of first barrier between the cold winter elements and your home. Additionally, it also serves as a last barrier for keeping your heated air—and energy savings—in.
These are only a few of the areas that need the most insulation attention, but even this small sample may clue homeowners in to the challenge of ensuring a home has proper insulation for energy savings. Many homeowners have heating units, and while they have sizable energy savings, they could maximize their energy savings by not only ensuring their homes have insulation, but making sure that insulation is the right type for their homes. However, even with information technology a formidable presence in the home renovation sphere, homeowners should first consult professionals before deciding what insulation is the best or implementing fly by night stopgaps to increase their energy savings. Insulate your home; lock in energy savings.