Feeling a little chilly indoors? You could just crank up the heat, but that would also crank up your energy bill. The smart play is to examine areas where your home is losing heat and beef up the insulation in those spots. It’s all part of creating a well-sealed thermal envelope for your home.
Keep the Heat In
As we discussed in our last blog post, single-pane aluminum windows leak lots of heat, so replacing them with dual-paned vinyl windows is a great way to boost your home’s energy efficiency. But heat also escapes through the walls, the floors, and the roof. The best way to counter this heat loss is to add insulation.
Choose the Right Insulation Type
There are four main types of insulation: batts, rigid boards, expanding sprays, and loose fills, like cellulose or glass fiber. When it was first built, your home was probably insulated with batts (fiberglass or cotton) or rigid boards made of plastic foams or glass fibers. But depending on the age of your home, you may need more insulation. Loose fill is usually the easiest to add.
Pick Your Spots
Older homes may not have any insulation in the attic, or it may be on the skimpy side. Adding insulation to the attic floor can keep your home warmer and save you money—your furnace will no longer have to work so hard to heat an uninsulated void. You may also want to add insulation to your attic roof, but be sure you don’t cover any attic vents. The vents are vital for airflow and help keep your home cooler during the summer months.
Get the Proper R-Value
Insulation with a higher R-value offers better thermal performance. Here in Southern California, you can get away with a lower R-value than someone would in Maine, for instance. The EnergyStar website offers a handy guide to R-values.
As you can see, here in Zone 3 a previously uninsulated attic would need insulation with an R-value between 30 and 60.
Bring in the Professionals
While you certainly can add insulation yourself, it can be a messy, time-consuming process. Instead, why not seek assistance from the pros?
At RC Energy Solutions, we have years of experience in helping homeowners stay warm and comfortable, while lowering their energy bills. We’ll start with a home energy audit to determine where insulation is most necessary—it’s usually the attic. Then, we’ll help you choose the right material and send out an experienced team to complete the installation. All of the insulation material we offer is nontoxic, hypoallergenic, flexible, durable, and competitively priced.
Let us take the chill out of your home—contact us for your free in-home consultation today.