A recent article by New in Homes outlined a list of renovation projects that can help homeowners save money on home energy costs. This list mentions a variety of different home improvements that can contribute towards the savings, but with a notable nod to home insulation.
These are the four areas in a home where heat loss (in winter) or gain (in summer) tend to be the most significant. If any of these areas are under-insulated, it will make a difference in your comfort at home and on your energy bill.
- The Attic
- Basement Walls
- Main floor Wall Insulation
Is it Time to Insulate?
Over time, your home’s insulation will begin to degrade, and cold (or hot) air will be allowed entry in through the attic, walls, and other areas of the home. That’s why it’s important to consider upgrading, if you know that your insulation hasn’t been upgraded in a long time.
Here are some of the ways that you can identify any parts of your home that may be lacking in insulation.
High Energy Bills
This is often the first clue that your home may not be as energy efficient as it could be. While energy costs have climbed in recent years, you should still be able to notice any unusual increases on your bill.
Drafts Near Windows and Doors
Chilly drafts coming in around windows, doors and electrical outlets can be a big indication of insufficient insulation and air leaks.
Bugs in the Basement
Has a creepy house centipede recently taken up residence in your laundry room? Or has a population of sow bugs soured the way you feel about your basement? When you notice an increase in critter sightings in your home, it can be a big red flag.
If your home is simply too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, no matter how well your HVAC system seems to be working, then there’s a good chance that the problem lies in your home’s insulation.
How Adding Insulation Saves on Energy Costs
Insulation is what stands between your home’s interior and the heat or cold outside. It acts as a barrier that protects against heat loss (or gain) through various parts of the home, like the roof or walls.
In Canada, there are several different options for home insulation materials. These options include:
- Fibreglass and mineral wool batts
- Expanded and extruded polystyrene
- Spray foams
When looking into improving the insulation in your home, the measurement you’re going to want to watch out for is the R-value. The R-value indicates the insulating material’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater its ability to insulate your home.
Doing it Right
While it is certainly possible for homeowners to add their own insulation, working with an insulation contactor can save you a lot of time, money, and potential skin irritation. A professional can talk to you about the different types of insulation and help you decide which type would be best for your home.
Ready to contact a pro? Be sure to explore the listings of insulation contractors here on eieihome.com. Choice a few that seem like the best fit, and then read reviews of their past projects, and contact them to request a quote.
Featured Image: Icynene Spray Foam Insulation