Before winter hits Michigan, it’s best to make your home as energy efficient as possible. This will ensure that you keep your energy costs down without having to sacrifice any comfort. One of the simplest ways to do this is to develop a cost-effective insulation strategy for your home.
Insulation should be in any part of your home where heat could transfer easily through with your attic, ceilings, basement and crawl spaces being the primary targets. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends different amounts of insulation based on the climate you live in. Use this map to figure out what the recommended amount for you is. You will see that they refer to R-values; this is how the strength of insulation is measured.
Each home is different and depending on different criteria, you may want to use different types of insulation. Here are four of the most common kinds of insulation and situations that they are ideal for.
- Loose-fill insulation: This has to be blown into cavities using special pneumatic machinery. While this may sound inconvenient it actually makes it ideal for hard to reach places.
- Roll and batts (aka blankets): This is the most commonly used type of insulation. It is made from mineral fibers and is suitable for many common applications such as around wall studs and rim joists.
- Rigid foam insulation: This is a more expensive alternative to blankets but takes up less space. This makes it ideal for places that require a high R-value insulation but don’t have much room for insulation.
- Foam-in-place insulation: This also has to be blown in but is excellent at keeping out drafts.
Ventilation in places like your attic will help you reduce moisture which will boost the effects of your new insulation. You should make sure that the insulation does not block the soffits in your attic.
For help developing a cost-effective insulation strategy, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We can help you work with the requirements of your home to come up with the perfect plan. We have proudly served Grand Traverse County for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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