Tips for Improving Your Home’s Insulation

1. Think About the Savings

Many state and federal government entities offer incentives in the form of tax breaks or refunds for making improvements to your home. Adding insulation may be one of them, so check with the your Department of Energy to see if any of these rebates, credits, and/or savings apply to you if you install new insulation in your home.

2. Get an Energy Audit for Your Home

When you get an energy audit done on your home, you’ll know exactly where leaks and other energy-related issues lie so you can address them. During an energy audit, the technician may conduct a blower door test, which uses a high-powered fan to reduce your home’s air pressure. The air pressure outside is higher and it finds its way inside, identifying problem areas that need your attention.

Another area the technician may look at is your home insulation’s R Rating. This rating is a measure of how well the insulation resists the heat and cold air that travels through it.

3. Understand the Different Types of Insulation

There are different types of insulation and which is best for your home depends on where you live and what part of the home you’re insulating.

  • Blanket insulation – most commonly used. Comes in rolls or sheets and fits perfectly between rafters and wall joists. Made of fiberglass, plastic, or natural fibers. Great for DIY installation.
  • Blown-in Insulation – Made of recycled newspapers, fiberglass, or other materials that can be blown into a space to fill it. Since it fills a space, it’s a good choice for new additions and remodeled areas.
  • Spray foam – the most expensive, this insulation consists of chemicals that harden to fill a space and create an airtight barrier. Must be installed by a professional who knows what they’re doing.

4. Install Insulation in the Right Places

Insulation is strategically placed to maximize energy efficiency and comfort. If your budget is tight, consider starting at the top of your home and working your way down as your budget permits.

Begin in the attic, installing insulation along the floor and on the roof deck. Move to the exterior walls next, blowing in insulation to fill spaces. In the basement, install insulation along areas where wood and concrete come together to seal gaps. And lastly, insulate any additions you’ve made to the home.

Making sure your home is properly insulated will ensure you stay comfortable despite any extreme temperatures outside. It will also help with those anxiety attacks you experience opening your energy bill each month.