Insulating your home is essential to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The home insulation you use can depend on your situation, how much insulation you need, and your budget.
Insulating An Existing Home
Adding insulation to a complete home can be challenging unless you want to open the walls inside the house and then replace the wallboard or wall covering. One option that could be a get fit for existing homes is to have a residential insulation company add blown-in cellulose insulation to the walls from outside the home.
The cellulose insulation is a recycled paper product that is treated with a fire retardant and put in the walls by drilling holes in the exterior wall up near the roof and using a machine to pump or blow the insulation through a hose and into the hole, filling the wall with the cellulose insulation. After the insulation is in the wall, the holes are sealed with plugs that can be painted over to hide them or covered with siding material.
The blown-in insulation is effective and has performed well over the years. Often the installation price is reasonable, and the inside of your house stays intact during the installation process.
Insulating New Construction
If you are remodeling your home or building a new one, installing residential insulation in the walls is much easier. Fiberglass insulation can be used between the studs in the walls, and you can tailor the amount of insulation to the r-value you are trying to achieve.
The higher the insulation r-value in the wall, the more protection you have from the heat and cold. There are some limiting factors, and stuffing more insulation into the space is not always the solution. Some air needs to be able to move in the space with the insulation for more effective protection.
If you are not sure how much insulation you can use in your walls, it is good to talk with an insulation contractor or have them do the work for you. Adding foam insulation on the outside walls before siding the building is an excellent way to add additional protection, and when done correctly, it can help add a few points to the r-value of the wall.
You may also want to consider spray foam home insulation if the walls are still open and accessible. The high-density foam can be used to fill the voids in the walls and can be put in after all the plumbing, and electrical work is complete. The foam insulation is an effective product, so discuss the option with your contractor if it appeals to you. They can go over all the details, the cost, and if it is the most effective method of home insulation for your location.
If you need home insulation work done, check out the websites of local contractors near you.Share
10 February 2022
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