What Areas in My Home Should be Insulated?May 7, 2015
It’s not musical chairs – going from room to room. But sometimes it can feel that way.
One room is cold. Another is hot. Another is just right – except a part of it, by the window, is a little nippy (in the summer). You’d think you were Goldilocks looking for a comfortable room at the home of the Three Bears.
Finding the Places that Need Insulation
We at Capitol Machine understand that your customers want climate consistency. And a lot of that has to do with insulation: which rooms in your customers’ homes need better and more thorough insulation and which ones need less attention?
The U.S. Department of Energy offers suggestions for the best ways to target rooms and areas. The department states that comprehensive insulation jobs help produce more uniform temperatures throughout homes and reduces utility costs.
Go North, Young Homeowner
Insulating the attic ranks high – in both priorities and location. Most attics use loose-fill or batt insulation, the department states. Properly insulating attics is the most important aspect of an insulation project.
You should also insulate areas where ducts are located. Ducts should also be sealed.
Finding Peace in the Midst of the Storm
Still looking up, cathedral ceilings definitely need insulation and ventilation. Sufficient insulation in those high ceiling areas helps to maintain comfortable room temperatures.
The energy department recommends using blown-in insulation for exterior walls in homes. This helps ensure proper sealing to prevent air leaks from the outside.
Insulating floors is also important – especially in rooms near garages. Air leaks between rooms and garages should be sealed to prevent drafts or air loss.
Going Down Under
Properly insulated foundations can keep room temperature settings steady. Builders suggest new home owners have foundation structures, including concrete forms and blocks, insulated. This will alleviate potential temperature fluctuations emanating from the ground.
Think low down – specifically, the basement. Typically, the lower areas of homes experience more extreme temperature changes, so focusing on insulating the basement is important.
Some homeowners neglect to have their basements insulated, which can lead to difficulties in maintaining temperatures in higher rooms.
Builders suggest installing insulation in basement exterior walls during home construction. Basement insulation will help reduce “thermal bridging” – temperature transfer between rooms – and protect against excessive moisture getting in or leaving a home. Basements are more susceptible to the effects of environmental changes and typically are the most challenging spaces for climate control.
However, adding insulation to exterior basement walls is not practical in existing homes. Insulating interior basement walls is considerably easier, more practical and less costly. Blown-in insulation is the least expensive approach. Well-insulated basement walls also help reduce pest infestation.
Up, Up and Away
It would be ideal to insulate crawl spaces – before home construction. The best approach for existing and uninsulated crawl spaces is to make sure openings and outlets are adequately sealed.
“Getting down” in the world of home construction and maintenance has little to do with dancing. But sometimes – on those cold winter nights – sensitive footed homeowners may have to do the jig to find warmth on those cold concrete floors.
Insulating a home slab is not advisable; it’s very expensive and time consuming. But experts suggest homeowners in environments with significant seasonal changes – hot summers, cold winters – have their concrete slabs insulated at the beginning of home construction. However, for the tender feet, it might go well to insulate the exterior edge of the home’s slab, which may reduce utility bills by up to 20 percent.
Did you find this information helpful? Do you have tips of your own you’d like to share? We at Capitol Machine offer a wide variety of insulation machines, insulation blowers and insulation removal vacuums. Contact us with questions or for more information.