5 Areas to Insulate In Your Home: A Homeowner’s Guide

When it comes to insulation, the project can come with a hefty price tag, even more so if you decide to insulate your whole home. However, various studies have found that insulation can save you 10%-20% on your costs annually, which still makes it a better deal in the long run. Therefore, if you are concerned about the high costs, you can get some essential parts of your home insulated. If, on the other hand, you find yourself wondering which parts of your home should be insulated, here we will address that very question.

Those that are concerned about costs can also get the insulations done gradually (if so possible). Although, if you are building a new home from scratch, it is recommended that the insulation services be availed while the home is being constructed. If, on the other hand, you are fixing up an old place, there may be some constraints on the ability to get the insulation work done in all the parts. However, whether you choose to get all of the areas done at once or some of these done gradually, here are the primary areas of your home that you would want to get insulated at the earliest:

·       The Attic:

The attic is the most critical area which should be insulated. There is a primary reason for this. As the air gets heated, it rises up, leading into the attic region. If the attic has not been insulated properly, or at all, all of this heated air would escape out. By insulating the attic, you can efficiently store or trap the heated air within your home. Not availing of insulation services for your attic will also lead to a rapid increase in the electricity bill as the heated air escapes outside.

·       Flooring:

Your house’s floors, particularly in the region over the garages and basements (which are typically unwanted areas), need to be insulated as well. Though the heated or warmed air rises, some portion of it can even escape through the flooring. As is established, warm air goes towards a colder source. Thus, the flooring in regions that are directly above unheated regions of the home, like garages, will prove to be the ideal escape spot for heated air.

·       Walls:

By insulating the walls of the house, you encourage the heated air to remain within the room. Since the heat cannot find any space to escape from, it stays protected in the region where it is most needed. By not insulating the walls, you again risk driving up the electricity bills.

·       Ducts:

If your house has air ducts, it is essential to insulate them as they provide the perfect opportunity for the air to escape in the absence of insulation. Ducts lead to various entry and exit points, providing the heated air with innumerable escape opportunities.

·       Crawlspace:

The crawlspace under your house is an inherently unheated region. As such, it can be a good place from where the heated air can escape. If you are building a new house and live in a relatively cold region, it is advised that you get the crawl space insulated to prevent the heat from escaping, especially if you are also getting your basement insulated.