This is the time of year when we feel winter at full blast. It’s bad enough going out in bitter cold, but if you’re feeling the chill inside your home, you may have an issue with your insulation. You hear a lot about insulation, but you may not understand how it works and why it’s so important for your home. At Good Guys Contracting, we’re experts at installing insulation and we understand how it keeps your home warm. When installed properly, insulation also saves you a lot of money on your energy bill. So we want to share with you some of the basics of insulation and the reasons why having your home insulated is so critical in winter.
What Insulation Does
According to the Energy Star program, which was created by the US Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to uphold international standards for energy efficiency, adding insulation to your home can improve the overall comfort of your home and reduce energy bills. This is because air that leaks in through various cracks and openings in your home can cause your heating system to waste a lot of energy. But sealing and insulating your home can solve common household problems as well as slashing your energy bills. Sealing and insulating can reduce outside noise, control humidity inside your home and keep pollen, dust and insects out. It also lowers the chance of ice dams forming on your roof or eaves on your home.
Insulation works by slowing heat flow in your home, according to the Department of Energy. Without insulation, heat flows from warmer areas of your home to cooler areas until it disperses to the point where there is no longer any temperature difference. During winter, heat will flow from living spaces to unheated areas such as your attic, basement or garage. In order to keep the heat from escaping your home, you need to install proper insulation.
Where to Install Your Insulation
In order to achieve the most energy efficiency possible, your home should be isolated from its roof down to the foundation. Some of the areas you want to pay particular attention to are your attic, ducts, exterior and interior walls, basement and foundation.
Insulation is usually added when a new home is built and if you have a newer home, the builder can give you information about the amount and type of insulation you have. Insulation’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured by R-value. The higher the R-value is, the more effective the insulation is. Older homes very often don’t have enough insulation and the Energy Department recommends having a home energy assessment to determine if you need more.
Good Guys Contracting Can Help Protect Your Home from Winter
Good Guys Contracting can help determine what rooms in your house have insufficient insulation and we can also handle your installation job. Good Guys uses Tripolymer Injection Foam as our insulation of choice. Tripolymer foam is safe, eco-friendly and because it’s foam that can be injected into walls, pipe chases and masonry block, it’s the only product on the market that can be used to supplement existing insulation. Good Guys Contracting can help make your home more energy efficient with expertly installed insulation. Contact us today.