How to Estimate Your Home’s Insulation Needs

These days, efficiency is everything when it comes to living well. How well insulated your home is will not only make it more comfortable in the winter and the summertime – when you have your HVAC system blasting – but you can also save money on your energy bills with better insulation. Not only that, but having better insulation can also decrease your home’s general carbon footprint. A home with proper insulation can be between 30% and 60% more efficient than a home that isn’t. Also, with government tax credits for insulation and other incentives, more and more homeowners are deciding to take the leap. Here is how to estimate your home’s insulation needs.

Your first step in estimating your home’s insulation needs is to do some investigating. This is the easy and fun part, because you can really start to get into the nooks and crannies to see how your home functions and operates. In most cases, it is recommended to start in the attic where you can see some of the existing insulation. This will give you an idea of what kind of insulation your home needs. For instance, you might have fiberglass insulation, or you might have some alternative type of insulation, like wool.

Next, you want to measure all the areas of your home and the depth of the walls. Also, you want to find out what climate sector your region is in. Each part of the country has a specially designated section according to the annual temperature and climate. Depending on the section, a code called the R-value will be applied that connotes the density of the insulation. Depending on how cold or hot – or how much the temperatures oscillate according to the seasons – you might have a lower or higher R-value. However, specialists recommend adding one or two points to your R-value – just for added protection from the elements, which can be important if you live in an extremely cold or warm climate.

Also, it is important to take into consideration your home’s energy needs when calculating how much insulation you need. If you have a small home and you do a lot of traveling for work, having your home re-insulated could be superfluous. However, if you have a home with young children and you live in a region that has especially harsh seasons, it is recommended to thoroughly insulate your home. Re-insulating can also save you a lot of money on future energy bills, so it is important not to skimp on insulation.

Lastly, if you still don’t know how much insulation you need, you could call the professionals to come in and do the measuring for you. In fact, there are many websites that use a calculator that allows potential customers to enter the square footage of their home and some other factors to devise how much insulation their home needs. Each type of insulation has its unique advantages and disadvantages, so it is critical to know exactly what you are getting before you re-insulate.

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