Find Out Where You Should Insulate
Evaluate Your Current Insulation
If you just want to find the most obvious heat leaks around your home, a thermal leak detector
should do the trick. It's designed to identify insulation "soft spots" around electrical outlets, recessed lights, and along your floor molding. But if you're interested in a comprehensive whole house inspection, you should hire a specialist
to conduct a high-tech thermographic scan
. Both methods can find problem areas, but the scan - although more expensive - will be able to give you significantly more detail.
Determine Your R-Values
One of the most important things you need to know about insulation is the R-value
. Essentially, it's the measure of how well a certain type of insulation can provide resistance against heat flow. In other words, R-values are used to compare the quality of insulation so that you can determine the quantity you need. Once you understand it's meaning, it will help you make informed decisions about which insulation to choose, how much to use, and where to put it.
Choose the Right Type of Insulation
As discussed above, there are many different types of insulation, ranging from natural fiber batts to foam board to concrete blocks. Fortunately, the Department of Energy has posted a convenient chart to help you determine which type of insulation would be best suited for your project. It categorizes the different forms, materials, uses, installation methods, and advantages of each different insulation type.
Install a Reflective Radient Barrier
Here's a perfect example of using the right insulation for the right problem. In the summer, heat radiates in through your roof. In the winter, it radiates out. A reflective radiant barrier blocks
that heat passage and saves on both your heating and cooling bills. Though there are various types of radiant barriers, one of the most effective is a high-tech coating
that's simply sprayed onto the underside of the roof deck in your attic. For best results, hire a specialist. Visit our Preferred Providers Network to find a company near you.