Home Insulation Basics

Published on: August 16, 2012

Insulating your home is vital; it is one of the few ways to keep your house quiet and energy efficient. Not only that, but adding insulation helps maintain good indoor air quality. Read the following information to learn more about home insulation basics. Once you have finished, we will be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have.

Why Is Insulating Your Home So Important?

Insulation is one of the best ways to utilize energy in the home. During the hot summer months, a well-insulated home will remain cooler. When the air conditioning system is running, the cool air will not leak outside. It’s the same way in the winter; your home will maintain a comfortable temperature. Since your insulated home can better contain conditioned air, your HVAC system will use less energy. Therefore, having a well-insulated home is a great way to save money on energy costs. In fact, you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars each year.

Having healthy air quality is a goal that everyone should try to reach. If you strive for a well-insulated home, then the indoor air quality will improve. Home insulation has been proven to reduce mold spores. Keep in mind that the air in your home is affected by the type of insulation. Your home must be properly insulated to achieve optimal indoor air quality.

A well-insulated home is also important if you want peace and quiet. The lining is the only thing that will keep other noises out. If you don’t insulate your home, you will have to deal with a barrage of noise. For instance, you may hear your neighbors talking, cars driving by or kids playing outside. Insulating your house is the best way to ensure that these noises remain on the outside.

My Home is Already Insulated. Is It Enough?

Our technicians perform regular air conditioning maintenance. As they are doing this, they can tell you whether or not your home is properly insulated. During this assessment, they can also check your indoor air quality. You should always have your air conditioning unit serviced on a regular basis; it’s the only way to ensure that it’s working to the best of its ability. If you think that your energy bills are too high, feel free to contact us for an energy assessment.

Conditioned air remains in the home within a thermal envelope. This thermal envelope is created by insulating your home. We recommend that you also insulate the areas that are outside the thermal envelope. These areas usually include:

– The basement
– Garage
– Attic

In addition, make sure that all cracks, spaces and leaks are filled. This guarantees that conditioned air will remain within the thermal envelope. Along with that, it also ensures better indoor air quality. When internal walls are properly insulated, the rooms in your house become soundproof. You no longer need to hear the ruckus from outside.

What Does the R-Value Mean?

When having your home insulated, you may notice an R-value on the material. This R-value is a rating to show how well the insulating material works. A high R-value means that the insulating material is energy efficient. If the material has a low R-value, then it’s not very good at protecting your walls from the flow of cold and hot air from the outside. You want to find insulating material that can resist external cold and hot air.

Certain rooms in your home will have different R-values. This is due to the fact that each room has specific requirements. Rooms with high ceilings will require a different R-value than what you would find in an attic. These R-values can also vary by your geographic location. Our HVAC maintenance team can determine what R-values are needed for your home.

What Insulating Material is Available?

There are several types of insulating material on the market. These include:

– Poly-encapsulated
– Faced
– Un-faced
– Blown-in

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us for assistance. We are happy to tell you what kind of insulating material is best for your home. Besides requirements, we also keep your budget in mind. It’s our job to check how insulated your home is and to maintain your air conditioning unit.