An energy audit can be a great investment to identify areas where your home is losing energy. There are a lot of areas where insulation improvements can help you to save energy. The following information will help you improve your home's energy design with insulation upgrades:
Insulation Improvement for Attics and Roofs
The attic is an area of your home where a lot of energy can be lost if there isn't sufficient insulation. It is one of the first areas where you will want to consider investing in insulation upgrades. Today, there are several options for updating the insulation in an attic, including the following:
- Rafter insulation to stop ice dams
- Spray-in insulation
- Spray foam for ceiling joists and rafters
The addition of insulation in the attic does more than just improve the efficiency of your home. The insulation in the attic will also reduce wear and damage to the shingles on your roof. This is because the insulation helps to prevent ice dams from forming during colder weather.
Improving the Exterior Walls With Insulation
The exterior walls of your home can also be improved with insulation. In the past, the insulation that was used for exterior walls was a batten-type material. Today, there are many more options to insulate the exterior walls of your home, including these options:
- Exterior siding with insulated backing
- Spray-in insulation to fill wall cavities
- Spray foam insulation to fill voids
Improvements to the insulation of exterior walls can help make your home more energy efficient. Options like spray foam can also improve the strength of the structure to make your home more resistant to damage. This can be good for homes that are vulnerable to damage during storms and severe weather.
Adding the Right Insulation to Unfinished Spaces
In many homes, there are also unfinished spaces that may need to be properly insulated. Some of these spaces are basements, garages, or bonus rooms. Therefore, you will also want to consider updating the insulation in these areas. Usually, these areas have insulation only where they are connected to the finished spaces inside your home. Thus, the uninsulated cavities and voids should be updated with insulation. This will help improve the energy design of your home and reduce energy loss in these areas.
The right insulation improvements will help you make your home more efficient. Contact an insulation company in your area and ask about these improvements.