Insulating your home can be an overwhelming task if you aren't familiar with the different types of insulation available, and how you can use each in your home. A properly insulated home is comfortable all-year long, and is more energy efficient, which ultimately can save you money. Regardless of your energy goals, it is important to understand the significance of R-values, the areas from which you are losing energy, and which types of insulation you should use.
Lack of adequate insulation in attics and basements often is the culprit of major energy loss. Check your current insulation, and determine if it meets the recommended R-value for your area. R-value is a number that represents resistance to heat flow. If the insulation has a high R-value, you can be certain that it will be effective at protecting your home from energy loss. R-values are clearly labeled on all insulation products. If you are using a contractor, be sure to ask for information on the R-values of products used. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends an R-value of thirty-eight to sixty for attic spaces in the Mid-Ohio region.
There are four basic types of insulation:
- Rolls and batts
- Loose fill
- Rigid foam
When you are selecting insulation, you should consider whether you intend to install it yourself or use an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor. Foam insulation, for example, must be installed by a professional. Rolls or batts are more easily installed by the do-it-yourself homeowner. Choose insulation that has the appropriate R-value for your area, and which makes sense for the space. Spaces with multiple cavities or obstructions are not well-suited for roll insulation.
Although this process can seem like a lot of work, an HVAC professional can help you choose and install the right types of insulation for your home. If you are ready to save money and be more comfortable, contact the professionals Joe Behr Heating and Plumbing, Inc. We've proudly served the heating and cooling needs of Mid-Ohio customers for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, visit our website.
Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. services the Mid-Ohio area.