A properly insulated home can make a huge difference on your comfort level and how much you spend to keep your home comfortable. Insulating your home can seem like it costs a fortune but you will get much of that money back by what you save to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. What are your options for insulating your home?
Let’s have a look at what your choices are:
Your Insulation Options
You have three options when it comes to insulation. An insulation company can install any of them fairly quickly anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Here are the three options:
- Fiberglass Insulation: You are probably familiar with this pink fiberglass insulation, you may even have some in your attic. The fiberglass insulation that you put in between the walls is a bit different. In this case it is blown fiberglass rather than sheets, it is more efficient and is better suited to keep the walls insulated. This is also your least expensive option, that is one of the reasons it is so popular.
- Foam Insulation: Foam is ideal for insulating between the walls, it can be put even in the smallest spaces. This insulation comes from seawater and will quickly fill up all of the spaces between the walls. It is also far more expensive than the other options. If you have family members that suffer from allergies this may be the best solution as it doesn’t create any dust.
- Cellulose Insulation: Small particles of cellulose insulation gets blown in between your walls. This type of insulation is made from recycled paper with some other chemicals. The chemicals are there to help keep away insects, mice, mold and to keep your home fire resistant. It is very dusty and it will take a few days to settle.
If you’re worried about blown in insulation causing damage to your home, you don’t have to be most of the time it can be blown in without any damage to your home.
Keeping Your Home Warm While Saving Money
Proper insulation can help to keep even the oldest and draftiest homes warm during the cold winter months. Choosing the right insulation and having a professional insulation team come into insulate your home is the first step. If your home has the proper amount of insulation you will notice a large difference in you energy bills almost immediately.
While insulating your home is a great first step in making your home more energy efficient there are still more steps that you can take. You may want to have an energy audit done to see what other areas may need your attention. You want to keep your home comfortable without spending a fortune and an energy audit can help you do that. You may have to implement other improvements such as upgrading your thermostats and covering your windows to prevent heat from escaping. Making your home more energy efficient not only reduces your cost it is also better for the environment. The less energy you need to use to heat and cool your home the better.