The insulation in your home provides a thermal barrier to keep the air inside a consistent temperature. Air leaks and the lack of insulation cause your home to waste energy through heat loss--and gain. To ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible, adding insulation is an affordable improvement to have done. Here are some of the best areas to improve your home with additional insulation for better thermal barriers:
1. Adding Insulation to The Attic to Prevent Heat Loss
The attic of your home is an area where heat escapes or gets trapped. This heat in your attic cause ice dams and roof damage during the winter months. During the summer months, the simmering temperatures in the attic will contribute to heat gain in your home. Add an extra layer of insulation in the attic to reduce heat gain and make your home more efficient.
2. Insulating Exterior Walls in Unfinished Areas of Your Home
Exterior walls are another area where energy is often lost in homes. Many homes have garages, basements and unfinished space that are uninsulated. The unfinished space is usually left uninsulated to cut costs. If you want to make your home more efficient, it is worth the extra investment to insulate all the exterior walls of your home.
3. Adding Insulation to Air Leaks and Voids That Cause Poor Energy Performance
Air leaks occur in your home where there are penetrations or cracks. Sometimes, there may be a space between a window and the wood framing. The air leak may also be caused by damaged weather stripping that needs to be replaced. Make sure that all these voids are sealed to reduce energy loss in your home.
4. Upgrading Your HVAC With New Ductwork and Better Insulation for Efficiency
Another area that you lose energy in your home is with old inefficient ductwork. Often, ductwork gets damaged due to problems like animals. The design of ducts can also be outdated and inefficient. An HVAC service can help with upgrading HVAC ducts to make them more efficient and better insulated to stop energy loss. They can also be installed with a rigid insulation in areas like crawl spaces, where animals may cause damage.
These are some of the best places to add insulation to your home for better thermal barriers. If you are ready to have better energy efficiency, contact an insulation service like Alaska Quality Insulators Inc to help with some of these improvements to stop energy loss.
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