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You Need Insulation – But Where?

By Chuck Henrichsen on June 18, 2014

The energy saving benefits of insulation are sky high. A proper insulation job in the average American home will pay for itself in less than a year. That’s why it’s so important to make sure all of the crucial areas of your home are well insulated before the chilly weather strikes again.

 

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When determining what type of insulation job you’ll need, the first task is to identify the various areas of your home that need to be properly inspected for insulation integrity. So, take a look at these following four areas of your home that need proper insulation to keep your home a pleasant place to live.

Wall Insulation

When most people imagine an insulation job, they see in their mind’s eye a construction worker laying batts of fiberglass insulation inside the walls of a house. As the chilly weather beats against the large surface area of the exterior walls, heat can escape very easily. Therefore, it’s absolutely imperative to insulate the exterior walls - and insulate them very well. Batts, blown in, and spray foam insulation are all great options for exterior wall insulation.

Duct Insulation

The need to insulate your duct system is entirely dependent upon whether the ducts run through insulated space or uninsulated space. If the ducts run through insulated areas of your home, then there is no need to insulate them, specifically. However, if they run through uninsulated areas of your home, then the chilly air can suck the heat out of the air traveling through the ducts, sabotaging the effectiveness of your heating system.

If you’re anticipating building a home, running the duct system through already insulated areas of the home is the most effective plan.

Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is far more important than most people realize. Heat can easily escape out the roof of your home, causing the heating system to work overtime. Moreover, during the summertime, heat beats down on the roof of your home, causing your attic to overheat which raises the temperatures in the rest of the house. Summer months can be far more comfortable and winter months can be far less expensive if an attic is properly ventilated and insulated.

Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl space insulation is vital for moisture control, and moisture control is vital for the ongoing integrity of your crawl space insulation. This symbiotic relationship enables a healthy crawl space. Insulation minimizes temperature fluctuations that can cause condensation problems in a crawl space. Moisture control tactics, such as crawl space vents and vapor barriers, will help keep the insulation dry during the cold, wet winter months. This effective combo keeps your crawl space dry, protecting the integrity of your housing foundation and subflooring. Also, crawl space insulation provides the same benefits as attic insulation, keeping heat inside your home, as opposed to letting it escape through your crawl space.

When evaluating the insulation adequacy level of your home, consider these areas. Ensuring that each of these spaces are properly insulated will not only save you money, but it will make your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

Request a free quote from Clean Crawls to see what the project would entail for you to have your attic and crawl space cleaned up and insulated. Our past customers have been thrilled with our work, and we would consider it a privilege to work with you.

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

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