At Action 1 Construction, we get a lot of questions from our customers about whether or not insulation is important in their attic. While it may seem like your roofing material will do a fine job of insulating your home on its own, the truth is that your home still needs insulation installed in different areas of your home. There are many benefits of this investment including: energy savings, preventing damage caused by moisture and slowing heat buildup in the highest point of your home. In turn, this can prevent the materials on your roof from swelling and breaking, which can extend its life overall.
What is R-Value?
R-Value is a rating that measures the thickness of the insulation that’s in your home. The value itself tells you how well you can expect the type of insulation you have from preventing heat from entering or leaving your house. If your insulation has a high R-Value, that means it’s more energy-efficient and capable of keeping the interior of your home more comfortable. If you have a lower R-Value, then it means just the opposite and that your insulation likely isn’t as thick as higher quality options.
Greater Home Performance and Comfort
There are many advantages of having more insulation installed in your home, including improved home performance and comfort. Other benefits you can look forward to include:
- Energy Savings
Whether it’s hot or cold outside, you’ll find your HVAC runs less when you have good insulation in your home. While this will increase your comfort it will also help lower your energy bills throughout the year.
- Maintain Moisture Control
When your home is properly sealed and insulated, it can help prevent moisture from gathering in your attic or basement. This can prevent the growth of mold, potential water damage, and unpleasant musty smells.
Additional insulation in your home can help prevent sound from traveling between rooms. It can also help keep the outside noise from coming inside, which is especially helpful if you live in a busy area or next to a high-traffic road.
Where to Insulate
While it’s important to insulate in your attic to help protect your roof, this isn’t the only room that should have insulation materials installed. Action 1 Construction, we recommend the following rooms to be insulated as well.
Adding more layers of insulation in your attic is the best way to improve your R-Value and the overall comfort inside of your home. If you already have one type of insulation, you can mix in others to help improve the coverage and achieve the level of insulation you desire.
Basements can be major source of heat loss, which means you’ll spend more money heating your home when there’s a chill outside. Insulating the walls is a great choice if you’d like to keep the temperature controlled in this area throughout the year. You can use many different types inside the walls, including loose-fill, foam board, and blanket.
Insulating your interior walls can increase energy efficiency, reduce sound transfer, and make your home more comfortable. The thicker your insulation is, the more benefits you’ll see.
The crawl space underneath your home can cause you to lose cold and hot air through your flooring. Insulating this area can stop that loss, which can lower your energy bills and even help improve the quality of air inside your home.
Although your garage may not be a living space like the rest of your home, it’s an area that should still be insulated if it’s connected to your house. This is because cold and hot air that comes in through the garage can be absorbed into the rest of the home through walls and doors. You can also lose temperature-controlled air inside the home as it’s leaked into the garage. With insulation, you can keep all air inside and at a comfortable temperature.
Insulating your floors can prevent cold air from penetrating the floors and coming into your home. This can make cold mornings more comfortable for your feet while also making it easier to keep your home temperature-controlled in the winter or summer.
Types of Insulation
This insulation is made with loose insulating materials that are churned through a mechanical blower. The person holding the hose on the end of the machine will control where the insulation falls and how thick the layers are. The installation process goes by quickly and the results can help greatly improve the R-Value of your home. One of the most common areas blown-in insulation is utilized is the attic.
Rolled & Batt Insulation
Spray foam is applied as a liquid that quickly expands and then hardens as it cures. Since spray foam is so good at fitting into every small crevice, it’s perfect for spaces that are shaped oddly or are too small for traditional insulation. Spray foam has become one of the most popular choices for insulating a home due to its flexible usage and being cost effective. Spray foam can be used in the attic, walls and crawl space are a few examples.
Cuts Your Utility Bills
Having insulation properly installed is essential to maximizing the benefits it has to offer. This includes lowering your energy bills, which is a result of preventing air loss through walls, floors, attics, and crawl spaces throughout the year. One of our qualified installers will know where to place the insulation, which type is best for your home, and how much should be installed to improve your R-Value.
How the Action 1 Construction Insulation
Experts Help You
Action 1 Construction is here to help you get the insulation you need to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. If you’re tired of increasing energy bills or drafts coming in through walls or the attic, we can help. We work with knowledgeable and experienced contractors who are certified insulation experts. No matter the size of your home or the R-Value you’re starting with, we will take the time to listen so we can get you to where you want to be.