Per the federal Department of Energy, the average home uses anywhere from half to two-thirds of its overall energy use just for heating and cooling alone. Substandard insulation is something that can result in serious air leakage. This makes your home far less comfortable. It also means you are wasting money on a monthly basis. Proper insulation means that you and your family can enjoy comfortable and healthy living in an energy-efficient way that helps the environment as much as your wallet and bank account.
What Advantages Do Quality Insulation Mean For Your Home?
If your home has high-caliber siding and roofing without a matching level of insulation, then your home is going to have some protection from external elements, such as weather. However, you and your family will not be as comfortable as you could be otherwise. Keep in mind that heat will naturally flow from any warmer area to a cooler one. Insulation is a barrier preventing this kind of energy flow through the many surfaces of your home, including the roof, ceilings, and walls. In the winter, good insulation keeps heat in your home, and in the summer, it will keep heat out of your home. This protective barrier is always there to separate you from the outside.
How Many Factors Impact Your Insulation Needs?
The specific kind and amount of insulation your home needs vary based largely on your climate and location. For instance, if you live in the state of Minnesota, then high-caliber insulation needs proper installation all throughout a home in order to make the most of energy-efficiency due to extreme swings between high summer heat and deep winter cold. When you buy insulation, always look out for the R-value, which indicates the thermal resistance any insulation has. The higher the value is, then the more resistance to all heat flow the insulation has. Material type, thickness, and density are all factored into computing R-value. If you want to insulate your Minnesota home right, then only use something with a high-enough R-value.
What Kind Of Insulation Is Best?
Many industry professionals currently recommend insulation that is energy-efficient, airtight, and blown-in. Such materials are smaller and have more flexibility than more conventional rolled batting, meaning they can be installed better into smaller spaces, including cracks and other openings that need to be filled. This sort of insulation also fills in nicely around pipes, beams, and other irregularly-shaped objects. Another advantage of this kind of insulation is its moisture-resistance, which hinders the growth and spread of mildew and mold.
What Part Of My Home Need To Be Insulated The Best?
The most crucial part of your home to insulate well is your attic. Hot air tends to rise up. In the winter, that can mean your home’s heat leaks out of the attic. Conversely, summer heat can creep into your home through the attic and roof. In either case, you get uncomfortable and turn up your AC or heat needlessly, resulting in higher energy bills. On top of saving energy and money, an upgrade to better insulation in your home’s attic also gives you better protection from moisture penetrating into your home. That gives you more defense against rot, odor, and mold, all of which threaten your home with damage and can hurt the health of your fmaily.
Effective insulation saves you money and reduces you home’s demand of increasingly precious energy resources. You can also make your home more comfortable by keeping temperatures level with less draft moving through your home. You can even enjoy a better noise buffer throughout your home and between you and your neighbors.
MGT Insulation providers homes and businesses throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. We install only the best insulation materials, and we do so skillfully, so that you get the best craftwork available in the area. Let us answer all your questions and concerns while we help you pick the optimal insulation for your family’s home.