Putting in extra insulation is often the most cost-effective way to improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
Proper insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
How can you tell if your home isn’t properly insulated? Many air leaks and draft are easy to find because they’re easy to feel. Take the time to search out for the drafty parts of your home.
Also an easy way to see if your current insulation is enough for your home is to just look at it. If your insulation looks dirty, that’s an indication that air is moving though it. Those are the first areas you should add extra coverage.
To get the biggest savings, the easiest place to add insulation is usually the attic. In cold weather, warm air rises in your house. This air, which you have paid to heat, moves up into the attic where, if not properly insulated, it escapes.
Another great place to put additional insulation is in your walls. Not only will it save energy, but it helps keep the noise level down.
There are several types of insulation. Some come in rolls that look like thick blankets, while others are loose fibers that require blowers to reach small spaces like in between walls.
Insulation also comes in different performance levels called “R-Values.” The insulation R-Value that’s best for your home depends on what area of the country you live and which part of your house you’re insulating.