So many people try to fill in the cracks in their homes that might leak air and even replace old windows and weather stripping but usually what makes the most difference is a proper insulation installation. It’s one of the best ways to make sure you’re not wasting money on your energy bills. Making sure you have a properly insulated and sealed home can make all the difference when you’re working on your budget or even if you just want to make less of a mark on the environment. According to the environmental protection agency, typical homes have so many leaks it’s like having a window open all the time during the winter and
summer but homes with issues like these can be fixed with proper insulation. There are different types of insulation these days as well so picking the right type for your needs and requirements is something you will need to think about. Then from your attic to crawl spaces, walls and floors, learn about where insulation is needed.
Now let’s talk about a few of the different types of insulation and places to use each type. First there is foam board or rigid foam which is made of polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, or polyurethane and can be used in unfinished walls including foundation walls, floors, ceilings, and unvented low-slope roofs. Then there is insulating concrete forms (ICFs) which is made up of foam boards or foam blocks and can be used in unfinished walls, including foundation walls for new construction. There is
loose-fill and blown in insulation which is made of cellulose, fibreglass or mineral wool and is great for enclosed existing walls, open new wall cavities, unfinished attic floors, and other hard to reach places. We also have blanket insulation which can be made of fibreglass, mineral wool, plastic fibres, or natural fibres and this type is usually used in unfinished walls including foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. The blanket form is what people usually use for their own do it yourself projects to save energy at home.
Some jobs you should hire a contractor to install but with other small insulation projects you can do it yourself. If you are installing insulation yourself, make sure to apply it evenly, with no hills and valleys. As a general rule, the attic is the best place to start but even with great insulation there can be air leaks in your home that should be sealed with caulking and
weather stripping. So look at your windows, doors, wall cracks and outlets as well. Gaps in your home that let outside air in and conditioned air out make your air conditioners and heaters work harder which in turn consumes more energy and wastes your money. By insulation and sealing the air leaks you can save around 20% on your energy bills. That can add up to around $1,000.00 a year. Another big perk of doing this is that your house will be more comfortable so everyone wins when you change your drafty home to a sealed up one.