Factors to Consider for Home Insulation

The responsibility of homeownership can leave owners with a myriad of options on where to best spend their dollars for the ultimate impact down the line.  

With many options vying for attention on your “homeowner’s to-do list”, I’m sure you’ve considered where insulation should fall and why?

Finding an installation provider who you can trust to do the job well is key.  Insulating your home, especially in tight, difficult to navigate spaces such as attics and crawl spaces is valuable beyond measure.  A reputable installer will be able to provide you peace of mind by ensuring the quality and density of your insulation is aligned with the space itself, taking considerations such as climate and whether or not your home is prone to flooding -as these factors will impact the type of insulation you’ll choose.  In the end, this will provide you the most bang for your buck as you will avoid having costly gaps in coverage, leading to energy literally seeping through the cracks. 

Savings on your energy bills is one of the major perks you’ll receive from quality installation. Who wouldn’t want to be spending less on their cooling bill throughout the steaming hot Louisiana summers?  Savings still apply during the times of year when the temperature dips, as you’ll continuously be better protected against temperature drops and better prepared to help keep the indoor temperature comfortable.  

Additional savings could potentially be incurred simply from knowing what to keep an eye out for throughout the installation process.  

Ensuring points of entry into living spaces are well sealed and taking notice to signs of potential existing pest issues are helpful items which can often go unnoticed when a homeowner takes on this project in an effort to save on the front end.  Issues like these, unfortunately, wind up being more costly and burdensome in the long run. 

The benefit this home improvement will have for you and your family for years down the line is another one of the major factors rendering it worthwhile.  On average, installation lasts over 80 – 100 years if done properly so knowing either when your home was built or the last time it was insulated is a beneficial starting point.  Typically, you do not need to remove prior home installation unless there was something majorly wrong with it such as water damage causing mold.  This means even if your home is due for an insulation update, in many cases it’s possible to lay new insulation right over the existing.  However, this is another place where connecting with professionals comes into play.  The materials and quality available present day are far different than what may have been available the last time your home underwent this service, so ensuring a professional examines what is already there and if it’s safe to lay new materials over or if its best to remove and start with a fresh slate makes for a good starting point on this project.     

Another thing to check on is that the entirety of an area has been insulated.  For example, if your attic has already been insulated, it’s important to make sure that areas within, such as windows and doors weren’t ignored the last time around.  Honing in on these areas can largely limit air escape, reducing draft and ultimately temperature impact within your property.  

Some of the struggles homeowners rightfully face surrounding this investment are in regards to the types of insulation options available.  Since insulation, unlike many other home projects may be unique to different spaces, it’s a safe best bet to discuss your options with your service provider.  It’s not uncommon to use different R-values of insulation in various areas of your home, your attic may have different considerations to keep in mind versus your garage.  While R-value helps guide you by providing a measure of resistance to heat flow, if your debating between a specific R-value verse spray foam, it may still be helpful to have a service provider weigh-in on this decision.   

Homeowners are, understandably, often not thrilled about the mess insulation can create throughout the installation process, which is why it’s noteworthy to mention how nice it can be to not only come home to a professional and well-done, finished project but also a clean final product.  Installers deal with clean-up constantly, so they can deal with the waste management and ensure proper disposal of supplies.  This leaves you one less thing to worry about and ensures all insulation efforts can stay blanketed within your home, as they should, solidifying your experience to be as hassle-free as possible.     

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