Why Insulation is Important For Your Home

Jene J. Long

Unfortunately, there are millions of homes in the United States that were constructed with little energy efficiency. Many families, especially older homes, were built without or very little insulation in the walls, floors, attic, or roof. Insulating your home is the best way to increase your home’s comfort level and reduce your monthly energy bill.

During those hot summer days, outdoor heat desperately tries to seep into your home, invade your space, and overrun the interior air conditioning. Meanwhile, the warm, comfortable air tends to escape through unsealed windows and doors and into unheated areas in your home, basements, garages, and even the cold outside elements. Without your knowledge, most of your home’s heating and cooling loss escapes through the attic, basement, walls, and floors.

Proper insulation prevents the space from losing heat during the cold winter months and prevents heat from entering the area during the hot summer months. The result is quite rewarding. Insulating your home will cut money off your home’s heating and cooling bill, to make your home more energy-efficient and place money-back into your pocket-book.

Insulation Material Options

Many homeowners don’t have the experience when it comes to insulating their homes. These same homeowners have questions regarding measuring their insulation, choosing the best method, and more. Insulation is measured using R-values, or the “resistance to heat flow.” The higher the R-value, the better protected your home will be to the outside elements. However, not all insulation options are the same.

There is much different insulation; Fiberglass, foam, cotton, cellulose, slag wool, or rock wool. Other popular choices are spray foam insulation and blown insulation. These are used where insulation materials already exist. Blown insulation is used in those hard to reach areas of your home. Before selecting your home’s insulation, speak to an experienced insulation contractor to understand the insulation materials best suited for your home’s specific needs, budget, and climate/location.

Seek the advice of a Professional

If you aren’t a do-it-yourselfer, you may be a little unsure of what your home needs when it comes to insulation. If you fit into this category, it is best to consult an experienced insulation specialist in New Orleans, Louisiana. This expert will complete an on-site inspection, provide professional consultation and a free estimate, and recommend the best and most cost-effective way to solve the problem. This expert will also discuss your options and give you plenty of time to make the best decision.

A professional insulation contractor has the appropriate experience and equipment to install insulation into your home, including those hard to reach spaces; basement, walls, floors, attic, and roof.

Seeking a reputable insulation contractor is very important, but can be very difficult because the insulation you select to install in your home only protects your family if correctly installed. Incorrectly installed insulation is very unfortunate and can end up costing you more money, long-term.

When seeking a contractor, it is best to ask friends and family for personal references, research the company’s background, check the company’s history with customers and check to see if your household qualifies for a tax credit for the purchase and making your home more Eco-friendly.

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