Given the fact that it’s hidden inside walls, crawl spaces, and attics, insulation is often forgotten about. It was installed when the house was constructed, so it has to be doing its job, right? Not so fast. Though especially true for older houses, even newer homes can benefit from insulation improvements.
The best way to determine if your home is in need of insulation upgrades is through a home energy audit from Able Performance Homes. In addition to offering energy-saving techniques at no-charge on the spot, we also detect the areas in your home where insulation needs upgrading. Contact us today to see how you could receive your approved insulation upgrades for free today!
Understanding the Basics of Home Insulation
Home insulation has a massive impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Whether you are struggling to keep your South Shore home warm in the winter or cool in the summer, proper insulation upgrades can go a long way in increasing the comfort inside your home while adding to its value.
Not only will improper insulation decrease your comfort, it will also cause your utility bill to skyrocket as conditioned air escapes and is replaced by the air you’re trying to keep out. Keep these things in mind to better understand insulation and what is correct for your home so you can become an energy conservation expert!
What is the R-Value?
The R-value is a value given to types of insulating materials that shows how well it is able to reduce the rate of air flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the material’s insulating effectiveness. This is crucial to understand as different areas in your home require different insulations, and thus, come with different R-values.
Ultimately, a material’s R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness, and its density. At Able Home Performance, we can upgrade your existing insulation to R-38 or R-49 depending on where it’s needed in your house. This more effective insulation will allow you to save energy and money.
What Type of Insulation to Install
There are a variety of insulation types and insulation materials available for homes. Whether it’s loose fill insulation, insulation batts, insulation rolls, foam board insulation, or spray foam insulation, understanding their purpose and effectiveness is difficult.
That’s why it’s crucial for you to schedule a home energy audit so the professionals at Able Home Performance can identify insulation problems and treat them with the proper solutions. If you’re ready to increase energy efficiency and save money on your utility bill, call us today to get started!