By thoroughly and properly insulating key areas in your home, you can significantly reduce the heat loss that causes waste of energy and unnecessarily high utility bills. You’ll also improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase overall home comfort. Here are some suggestions you can use when adding insulation to your home.
Where To Install?
Insulation will be most effective in the attic, basement, crawl spaces, exterior walls and along the ductwork of your HVAC system. No matter the season, increased insulation in these areas will dramatically reduce heat loss.
The R-value is a measure of how well insulation resists heat flow. Good insulation holds heat inside in the winter and keeps it outside in the summer Higher R-value numbers mean more effective insulation.
In the Cleveland area, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends using insulation with an R-value of R-49 to R-60 for attics, R-13 to R-15 for wall cavities and R-25 to R-30 for floors.
- Blanket, batt or roll: This heavy layered insulation is usually made of fiberglass and is used in unfinished walls, floors and ceilings. It is most often placed between wall and ceiling joists, studs and beams.
- Rigid foam board: Stiff polystyrene or polyurethane insulation used in unfinished walls, floors, roofs and ceilings. This type of insulation is also commonly used to insulate ductwork.
- Loose fill: Consists of pellets made of fiberglass, cellulose or mineral wool. These pellets are blown into place using specialized equipment. Loose fill is often used to fill cavities in walls, unfinished floors, and spots where traditional insulation would be difficult to install.
- Spray foam and foam-in-place: This is a type of polyurethane or other plastic spray foam. It is sprayed into place and commonly used in unfinished floors and wall cavities between beams. Spray foam insulation is also used to seal pipe joints and plug holes in your home where air leaks can occur.
Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing serves HVAC and plumbing customers in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Contact us today for more information on properly insulating your home and for help finding the type of insulation you need.
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