Unless your home was specifically constructed for energy efficiency, you can usually reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Insulation will provide resistance to heat flow the more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs.
Benefits of Insulation
- Comfort is improved ear-round
- It reduces the cost of heating and cooling
- It pays for itself in a matter of years
- Saves non-renewable resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Virtually eliminates condensation on walls and ceilings
- It can also be used for sound proofing
Where to Insulate.
Adding insulation in the areas shown may be the best way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Insulate either the attic floor or under the roof. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy)
When Should You Insulate Your Home
- You have an older home and haven’t added insulation.
- You are uncomfortably cold in the winter or hot in the summer – adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort.
- You build a new home, addition, or install new siding or roofing.
- You pay high energy bills.
- You are bothered by noise from outside – insulation muffles sound.
At Sustainable Services, we only use the highest quality products for our customers. This is why we only insulate with blown cellulose. Please watch “The Big Burn” video to see why this is a superior product to fiberglass.
Insulation is measured in R-value – the higher your R-value, the better your walls and roof will resist the transfers of heat. Sustainable Services will ensure that your walls and attic have adequate insulation to meet the recommended R-values for your area.
Ventilation helps with moisture control and reducing summer cooling bills. Sustainable Services will install appropriate attic vents to help ensure proper airflow to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Adding insulation to the attic is relatively easy and very cost effective. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure the thickness of the insulation. If it is less than R-30 (11″ of fiberglass or rockwool or 9″ of cellulose), you could probably benefit from adding more to your attic and home.