What Homeowners Should Know About Insulation

November 16, 2015

It’s suburban paradise, your new home: well-manicured lawn, white-picket fence, pool, brick walkway, 2.5 children. But those utility bills! Yikes! Out of this world.

In most regions in the United States, temperatures fluctuate. Four seasons mean you’re going to get cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Such is life. But that’s supposed to be outdoors. What’s with my home insulation?

The answer, my friend, isn’t blowing in the wind. It’s blowing through your home’s inadequately insulated walls and crevices. So, what’s a homeowner to do? Get your home property insulated.

We at Capitol Machine, experts in all things home insulation related, direct you to advice from U.S. Department of Energy, which points you to all the right places to get insulated. Read more about how you can save tons with proper insulation.

Should Know About Insulation

Working Your Way To the Bottom

  • Top to bottom. That’s the top advice from the energy department: from the roof to the foundation.
  • Let’s start with the attic. Loose-fill or batt insulation is usually used in attics, the energy department states. First seal any air leaks.
  • Check your ducts (not the ones that quack). Seal ducts in unconditioned spaces. During new home construction, place ducts in conditioned spaces.
  • Let’s move down, then up – to cathedral ceilings. Just because they’re way up there doesn’t mean they don’t need thorough insulation.
  • Go to the wall, literally. The best insulation for walls is blow-in insulation, which provides excellent air sealing, the energy department states.
  • Keep moving down. Let’s talk about floors above unheated garages. First seal all possible air leaks. Create an air barrier to prevent cold air in the garage from “short circuiting” insulation beneath the subfloor.
  • Get way down. Well-insulated foundations keep below-grade rooms comfortable, reduce moisture, help prevent insect infestation and block radon infiltration.
  • Go deep. To the basement. A well-insulated basement will lower utility bills and make for dry and comfortable living quarters.
  • Insulating crawl spaces depends on the ventilation. Most building codes require vents to aid in moisture removal. For unventilated crawl spaces, seal and insulate foundation walls rather than the floor between the crawlspace and house, the energy department recommends.
  • The slab: In the winter, it’s cold and unforgiving on fresh feet. An insulated slab is easier to heat.

Our powerful Capitol Machine insulation machines easily handle any insulation job, making your home toasty in the winter and cool in the summer while keeping those utility bills under tight control.

Did you find this article useful? What do you think about home insulation? Feel free to contact us with questions or to learn more.

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