Insulation for my HomeInsulation is something in almost every home, yet it is hardly thought about – until there is an issue with it. The problems can run from small to large. There may not be enough insulation. There may be areas missing insulation. The house may need a whole new insulation. Whatever the case me be in your home, take the time to figure out the issue first. (DIY Tips for better insulation at the bottom)
Benefits of Insulation
The main benefit of solid insulation in your home is lowering the cost of heating bills and staying warm in the winter. If your house has poor insulation it may be costly to your wallet and health. Aside from pumping your furnace all day long and paying a massive amount of money, being cold constantly is not great for your well-being. It can decrease blood flow and lead to winter illnesses.
The R-Value of your walls (resistance to heat flow) is important. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation is. A number of things can affect the R-value. Things like the type of insulation, its thickness, proper application, age, etc. Most of all, more insulation will lead to higher R -value. To determine how much your house needs, you may want to go ahead and search “insulation company near me” on Google if you are not comfortable figuring it out on your own.
Deciding what type of insulation is best for your home:
- Spayed foam - Good for adding insulation to existing finished areas, irregularly shaped areas, and around obstructions
- Rigid fibrous - Can withstand high temperatures.
- Reflective system - Most effective at preventing downward heat flow, effectiveness depends on spacing and number of foils.
- Loose fill and blown in - Good for adding insulation to existing finished areas, irregularly shaped areas, and around obstructions
- ICFs - Insulation is literally built into the home's walls, creating high thermal resistance.
- Concrete block insulation - Insulating outside of concrete block wall places mass inside conditioned space, which can moderate indoor temperatures.
- Batts and rolls -Suited for standard stud and joist spacing that is relatively free from obstructions. Relatively inexpensive.
- Structural insulated panels - built houses provide superior and uniform insulation compared to more traditional construction methods; they also take less time to build.
DIY TIPS for better insulation:
1)Caulk your vents
2)Use Window Film
3)Use a door Snake
4) Weather strips windows and doors
5) Close up fire place
6) Seal up air bypasses