It is impossible to overstate the value of effective home insulation in terms of expenses and comfort. The most effective strategy to maintain a constant, even temperature inside your home and keeping your energy costs under control is to install a proper type of insulation (and to install it properly). Additionally, having sufficient insulation aids in defending your home against long-term dangers like moisture and infestation.
Where is the best place to insulate?
The correct response is it can be anywhere because the air is sneaky and will use any available opening for entry or exit. Protecting your home from the roof to the floor and everywhere in between is necessary for the best energy efficiency. That is undoubtedly the case in cities around Boston, where we enjoy varied weather all year, with warmer summer temps and extremely chilly winters.
However, we understand that cost is an issue and that many homes are merely looking to start down the path of energy efficiency without covering every square inch in insulation.
To ensure that your home stays warm during winter and cool during summer, we’re here to provide you the four key locations to apply your insulation.
In the attic
Your attic is one of the most common (and crucial) locations to install insulation. Heat can rise to your attic. Without insulation, heat will escape through the top of your home and out into the outdoors, increasing your energy costs. It’s crucial to cover the entire space, especially those difficult-to-reach “nooks and crannies” that allow heat to escape without your knowledge. Your family’s comfort depends on how well-insulated your attic is.
The most popular type of insulation is the “loose fill insulation,” which is an excellent option because it can easily access difficult-to-reach places. Ensure your attic’s “knee walls,” or vertical walls, are insulated on the inside as well. Both of your walls adjacent to the attic access point should be air-sealed.
Measure the thickness of the insulation in your attic to determine whether you have enough of it. Seal air leaks, fix the roof, and perform other necessary repairs before insulating. Don’t forget to air seal and insulate your attic access if it’s in a conditioned area of the house.
In the side walls
One of the ideal places to insulate your home is around the exterior walls. Your conditioned air is kept inside where you want it by high-quality insulation and stops outside air from seeping in.
In contrast, inside wall insulation enables you to keep a constant temperature throughout your home. In addition, wall insulation can improve seclusion and foster serenity in the house by preventing sound from reverberating between spaces.
To keep the severe exterior weather out of your home, the walls that face the outside must be well insulated. Make sure the walls exposed to snow and cold air will adequately protect your home from the cold, especially when winter approaches in the coming months. To ensure strong and adequate insulation between your home and the outside, the best option to insulate these walls would be to utilize a blow-in type of insulation with a dense-pack technique.
In the floor
Everyone has experienced crossing a chilly floor and grabbing the closest pair of socks right? But nothing is more uncomfortable than walking into a heated room that is cold below.
A cold or unevenly heated floor indicates that the insulation is insufficient. You can stop air leaking from an upper level to the first floor by adding insulation underneath your floorboards.
Unless properly insulated, rooms built over uninsulated areas will bring the chilly air inside your unit or house. Depending on the season, this can make the room colder or warmer than the other rooms in your home, making living a little less comfortable than it should be. Instead, insulate the floor to prevent outside weather from seeping into a room. This insulation can lower your monthly expenses and increase the long-term utility of that one space for you and your family.
In the crawlspace
Crawlspace insulation safeguards your pipes from dangerously low temperatures. Additionally, it can aid in keeping your ductwork cool during the summer season and warm in the winter months.
Beyond the overall energy savings, effective insulation for crawlspaces has several other advantages. For example, your pipes don’t get as cold, so your faucets can provide hot water more quickly. Additionally, because you don’t have to wait for the ducts to warm up or cool down, your heating and air conditioning unit can deliver the desired temperature more quickly because the vents keep a consistent temperature.
The ideal strategy is to seal and insulate the foundation walls rather than the floor between the crawlspace and the house if you have or will have an unventilated crawlspace. The benefit of this method is that pipes and ductwork are kept inside the conditioned volume of the house, eliminating the need for insulation for either energy efficiency or freezing protection.
To adequately seal and insulate your home for the impending winter, contact Neeeco. We cannot emphasize enough how essential insulation is to keep your home’s heat inside. It will be challenging to maintain your home’s energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness with your bills in the long run if insufficient insulation is the foundation of your issues.
Neeeco can assist you in saving 75–100% on the price of an insulation upgrade because we are a certified Mass Save® partner. You will also receive no-cost air sealing as part of this exclusive Mass Save® insulation program to stop drafty air leaks and improve the comfort of your home. So, to save your money over the winter, we can deliver you and your home the insulation you desire.