The Importance of Good Insulation
If you are looking at your energy bills, you may be wondering what you can do in order to save money. You may have tried a lot of things, but you may not have thought about the insulation in your home. By getting an energy assessment like the one offered by Mass Save, you are going to find ways to reduce your energy costs. Insulation is an amazing investment that will not only save you money but it will also help increase the value of your home. However, the quality of insulation is going to make the biggest difference in your home.
The fact is that not all insulation is created equal. Insulation is rated by its R-value, which is a measurement that lets you know the quality of insulation you are using. The best insulation available is the insulation with the highest R-value. This value shows the insulation that it provides and its blocking capacity. The different R-values can be seen in the different materials that the insulation is made from. There are other factors that determine the R-value of the insulation, such as where the insulation is installed, the quality of the installation, and the thickness of the insulation. High-quality insulation means nothing if it was not properly installed as this can create areas where the heat or cold air can escape from the space. By visiting the Department of Energy website or by following the recommendation of the Mass Save assessment expert, you can find out what the minimum R-value that you need is.
There are a few different types of insulation that you can look at to improve the energy costs in your home. One option is wall insulation, which has a couple of different options depending on the wall type that you have in your home. If you have a gap in between the outer and inner leaf, you can get cavity wall insulation where the insulation is inserted through holes that were drilled into the wall. (These are filled in afterward by cement). If not, you can get solid wall insulation. There is also a warm loft or cold loft types of insulation installation for the roof. There is also floor insulation, door insulation, and window insulation.
Insulation is crucial for temperature control in the home. When you have the proper insulation in the space, you are going to have a more energy efficient home that is comfortable all year long. There are some important things to consider when you are debating about adding insulation to the space. Walls without proper insulation can allow a house to lose around 30 or 40 percent of its heat. A poorly insulated roof can allow for about 25 percent of heat loss in the home. Windows and doors without proper insulation can cause heat loss of around 20 percent. Consider this next time that you notice an incredibly high energy bill that you may worry about being able to afford. Good insulation can make all of the difference in the world.