Most people know proper insulation is one of the most effective ways to reduce heating and cooling costs while at the same time improving indoor air quality. Knowing how and where to insulate is key to maximizing your efforts. At Brown Service Co., we are happy to offer you some home insulation tips.
Know the Zones
There are several key places in your home that benefit from insulation. Depending on the area, there are different kinds of materials that can be used. For example, the attic of your home is probably the most important place to insulate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a loose-fill insulation is usually the best material, as it can easily conform to all the nooks and crannies in your attic.
You should also insulate:
• Exterior walls: You can blow in insulating materials to seal the space and prevent losing air through cracks and holes in the wall.
• Floors above unheated garages: The space above your garage can see extreme temperatures if the floor is not properly insulated.
• Crawlspaces: The home insulation technique you use in a crawlspace largely depends on if the space is ventilated or not, and a professional can help you determine what route is best.
The DOE also notes that insulating even just the exterior of your home’s slab can cut your heating bills by as much as 20 percent.
Do it Right
Materials for insulating are ranked with an R-value, with higher numbers providing more insulation. For example, homes in Texas should have a minimum R-30 rating, though the recommendation is an R-49. Make sure the materials you use are rated appropriately for your home. Additionally, you should always make sure any possible sources of air leakage have been sealed before insulating.
Our team at Brown Service Co. has been helping homeowners save money for years by installing home insulation. To learn more about our services, call us today at (817) 284-9204.