You probably already know that if you have proper insulation in your home, you’ll save on energy bills — there’s nothing groundbreaking about that. The problem is, most homeowners, and even some home service companies, don’t know the little intricacies that come along with insulating a house. If you do it the right way, without cutting corners or skipping steps, you can stay comfortable all year long without seeing spikes on your bills each month.
If you plan on adding insulation to the attic, you really need to start by sealing up air bypasses. Take a look around chimneys, plumbing vents, wires and exterior walls and make sure there isn’t already air escaping there.
We recommend using caulk and/or expanding foam sealant to close any and all air gaps you might find, and then you can move onto adding insulation.
Think you can get away with skipping insulation in just 5% of the wall or ceiling? You can’t. Even if you leave 5% of the wall or ceiling exposed, you can decrease the entire area’s r-value by 20% or more.
It’s imperative to fill the entire stud cavity or joist from top to bottom and side to side and if you have electrical wires running through, split it so that half of the insulation goes in front of the wires and half goes behind.
It’s not simply enough to insulate attics or crawl spaces. You also must vent them in order to let these areas “breathe” properly. If you don’t, you could end up with moisture problems which could lead to mold and other harmful toxins.
For more than 100 years, Hero has delivered world-class plumbing, heating & cooling services to the Twin Cities community. Call us today at (612) 324-1004.