Adequate home insulation makes a big difference in the size of your monthly utility bills. Upgrading the insulation in an older home built before energy efficiency was a major concern could be one of the best investments you will ever make. Even if your home is new and relatively “tight,” there may be some insulation upgrades you can make to save energy. As you consider ways to improve your home insulation, look at the following areas first. They will give you the best returns on your energy-efficiency investments.
Seal Air Leaks First
Caulking and weatherstripping are inexpensive projects that pay back quickly in lower energy costs as well as increased home comfort. Seal air leaks around door and window frames with caulk or expanding foam insulation. Replace weatherstripping so moving parts of doors and windows seal when they are closed. Seal openings where plumbing or wiring penetrate exterior walls or where they pass from your home’s conditioned space into the attic. Seal and insulate ductwork anywhere it runs through unconditioned spaces.
Check Your Attic Insulation
Check the thickness of the insulation on your attic floor. Upgrading your attic insulation with fiberglass batts or blown-in cellulose helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Most attics are easily accessible, so adding additional insulation is relatively easy and inexpensive.
Insulate Your Basement or Ground-level Floor
If your basement or crawl space is ventilated, adding fiberglass batts in the spaces beneath your floor joists will keep your floor warmer in winter and save on energy bills. Insulating the walls of an unvented basement or crawl space with rigid insulation or fiberglass batts eliminates the need for under-floor insulation.
Upgrading insulation in walls can save energy, but the cost is often too high to justify the investment. If you are planning an extensive home renovation that includes replacing siding or drywall anyway, then be sure to include adding adequate wall insulation in your plans.
Call us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for more tips on home insulation and saving energy in your Grand Traverse County home.
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