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Home Energy Efficiency: Why Insulation is Crucial

By Chuck Henrichsen on November 6, 2014

The onset of cold, rainy weather has us all running for our sweaters and digging our slippers out of the closet. As winter draws nearer and nearer, we begin to anticipate the days when we need to crank on the heater to keep our homes warm and cozy. Unfortunately, nearly 85% of your home’s heat can escape through attic and crawl spaces that are poorly insulated, forcing you to put extra money toward making your home comfortable. How can you know if this is happening to you?

Signs Your Crawl Spaces And Attics Need Insulation

There are several different ways for you to know if your attic or crawl spaces are in need of additional insulation or repairs.

High Energy Bills

Let’s face it, if you are spending large amounts of money to heat your home, but don’t feel like it’s sticking around, it may be a sign that your money is metaphorically squeezing out the cracks in your insulation. After having your attic reinsulated, you can save up to 30% on your heating bills simply because the heat is staying where it belongs: inside your home.

Cold/Warm Walls and Rooms

A dramatic increase or decrease in the temperature of the walls or rooms within your house is a common indication of heat building up or escaping through uneven insulation. Frequently, the source of this problem is found in the poor insulation of your attics and crawl spaces.

Rooms Feel Drafty

Rooms that feel chilly or drafty can indicate that, somewhere, unwanted air is getting in and that the air you want staying inside your home is escaping through cracks in damaged insulation. Investing in the repair of those damaged areas can keep your rooms feeling comfortable and welcoming.

Noticeable Temperature Difference

If in the process of traveling from one room to another you notice a rise or fall in the temperature of the room, this is another common indication of air leakage.

If any of these signs seem are experiences you’ve had in your home, it may be time for you to get your attics and crawl spaces reinsulated! Failing to address this issue can result in a loss of heat energy, cost you extra money, make your home uncomfortable, and encourage mold growth and dampness in your crawl spaces.

Highest Recommended Insulation Option

While there are numerous options when choosing how you want to repair the insulation in your home, the most highly recommended option is spray foam. There are numerous benefits to using spray foam over other insulating materials.

Strong Insulator

Spray foam is known for its incredible strength and high R-Value. If you want a reliable insulation that will work well and last you a long time, this is it. Applying spray foam to cracks or holes provides a strong insulation with an air-tight seal — this keeps air where it belongs, whether that be in or out of your home.

Protects Against Moisture

Spray foam will not absorb water. This makes it a perfect choice for protecting your home against airborne moisture and any flooding or leakage that might occur in your crawlspace or attic areas.

Fights Mold

Having mold or mildew growing in your crawl spaces can greatly affect the air quality within your home. Spray foam is made from an inert polymer that does not allow for mold to grow, preventing its growth and preserving your home.

Deters Rodents

If rodents come searching your home for a comfortable place to sleep and build a nest, spray foam’s tough, hard texture will not be found appealing or satisfactory. While spray foam cannot necessarily defend your home against all rodent invasions, it certainly won’t be what’s inviting them.

Renovating the insulation in the crawlspaces of your home isn’t as carefree as we would like it to be. Depending on the degree of work that needs to be done, spray foam can be expensive. However, research has shown that it can take as little as 1 year for an insulation job to pay for itself. Let us show you how.

How Insulation Will Pay For Itself

Investing in the renovation of your crawl and attic spaces can actually save you money down the road. As we said earlier, homeowners that repair their insulation can save up to 30% on their energy bills. Within as little as 1 year, that 30% will cover the insulation job, and the rest of those savings go straight into your pocket. By improving your crawl spaces, you help your home to efficiently manage the energy you put into it.

Instead of paying more money to warm a home where the heat will just float away, invest in a repair that will save you money for many years to come.

To learn more about how our services here at Clean Crawls can help you save money and make your home more energy efficient, visit our website at http://www.cleancrawl.com.

Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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