What Are the Benefits of Adding More Insulation to Your Home?May 5, 2015
You know you’re cool. And sometimes you might even think you’re hot.
But who wants to be cold? Or too hot to handle?
Before your confusion escalates even further, we at Capitol Machine want to make something perfectly clear: We’re not talking self image or self esteem – although those could very well be a factor in this discussion.
We’re talking comfort levels, in your home, when it’s cold or hot outside. When you’re inside, you’d prefer not to be cold or hot, and we’re talking climate. You want to be just right.
Getting the Right Information and the Right Equipment
We at Capitol Machine specialize in providing the equipment, the know-how and the chutzpah to ensure you, as an insulation installer, get the job done right. And happy customers mean good business.
So, back to the question.
Why is it so important to add more insulation to an already insulated home?
Inadequate Insulation Means Higher Utility Bills
The U.S. Department of Energy states that homes constructed without special attention given to energy efficiency probably lack sufficient insulation and that adding more would reduce utility bills.
Most homes today are not adequately insulated based on current recommendations, the department states. It also stated that older homes use more energy which means higher heating and air-conditioning bills.
Installing More Insulation is Worthy Investment
Homeowners would find adding insulation a worthy investment. The energy department recommends hiring a home energy auditor to help identify areas that may need insulation, such as attics, floors or walls. Uninsulated walls may include those over garages or in crawlspaces.
An auditor will help determine how much insulation a homeowner may need.
The energy department recommends places homeowners or contractors can look to determine how much insulation:
- The attic is the first and easiest place to look. An inspection will determine the type of insulation that was used and how much.
- The walls are more difficult to inspect and to add insulation. Exceptions might include when homeowners are adding siding or walls.
- Examining floors will help determine insulation gaps or leaks. You should look at the underside of floors over unheated areas, such as garages, basements or crawlspaces. Inspect and measure insulation in those areas to gauge how much insulation will be needed.
- Don’t duck the ductwork. Ducts running through unheated or uncooled areas could reduce energy efficiency. Ducts should be insulated and inspected for leaks.
Additional Insulation Helps With Air Leaks
Stopping air leaks is also important to ensure optimum energy efficiency objectives are achieved. Finding and fixing air leaks also help block drafts and prevents the inflow – or loss – of moisture. Homeowners want to keep the humidity out during the summer and in during the dry winter.
Air and moisture may enter through openings around doors and window frames and through fireplaces and chimneys.
Did you find this information helpful? Do you have tips of your own you’d like to add? We at Capitol Machine offer a wide variety of insulation machines, insulation blowers and insulation removal vacuums that’ll make your job easier and more efficient. Contact us with questions or for more information.