Where In Your Home Should You Insulate?

A home that stays comfortable all year ‘round starts with proper home insulation! The goal of insulation is to create a “thermal envelope” around your home, keeping your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer! To achieve this, you need to insulate more places in your home than you might think. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be insulated from top to bottom – the roof down to the foundation! Here’s where you should insulate:

Attic
Attic insulation ensures that heat will not escape through the roof in cooler months and prevent cool outside air from flowing in. Is your attic insulation thick enough? Attic insulation should have an equivalent of R-30, or about 10 to 13 inches. If you have less than this, your home could certainly benefit from adding more! Before insulating, be sure to seal air leaks and make any necessary repairs to your roof.

Crawlspaces
Approximately 15% of home’s have crawlspaces! Crawlspaces have many benefits, but can become a source of problems, like mold, created by moisture, and pests.  Both of these issues can be costly in the long run if not addressed.   Insulation is the key to increase energy efficiency, control moisture, prevent infestation, and improve the structural integrity of your home.

Basement
Even if your basement is unfinished, adding insulation can help add warmth to this area of your home and keep the rest of your home comfortable as well! In the basement of your home, insulation has the added benefit of protecting against moisture, reducing the chance of mold growth and you don’t have to worry as much about pests.

Finished Room Over Garage (F.R.O.G.)
A room over the garage is great space for all types of uses.  Because this room is over an area that is exposed to the outside every time the garage door opens, properly insulating it is very important.  Insulation in the exterior walls, the ceiling and the floor will ensure this room will be comfortable all year round.

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