Living in a home that is comfortable is what every homeowner expects. Does your home have rooms that are hotter than others in the summer or rooms that are cooler during the winter months? It’s okay if you do, like must homes built 30 years or more will have less than adequate insulation. Over time insulation shrinks and becomes more of a filter than an insulator. Home air sealing and insulation is the key to a green home.
How Home Efficiency Experts can make your home green?
Like peanut butter and jelly, air sealing and insultation go hand and hand. Air sealing your home plugs up holes where heat is escaping during the winter and heat is infiltrating your home during the summer making your air conditioner work harder to keep your home cool. The law of thermal dynamics is heat always goes to cold.
Once your home is properly air sealed, you want to make sure that your wall insulation is tested and more importantly making sure the attic is properly insulated. You want to put a seal around the building envelope to ensure the living space is more comfortable, healthy and the biggest thing you gain is savings on utility bills!
The best insulation is cellulose which is made of recycled newspaper with borate. 5 great things about cellulose are;
- It has a 50+ year durability factor which it will not breakdown like fiberglass insulation
- It’s Fire retardant
- Controls moisture
- Insects and critters can’t nest in it
- It also dampens noise
Cellulose can be sprayed in your attic and for exterior walls it’s dense packed. This dense pack process is done outside by removing shingles, vinyl siding, etc. A hole is made every 16 to 24 inches depending on your home’s construction. Once the cavity is dense packed or full, your energy expert technician plugs each hole and puts back your shingle, siding or whatever exterior material your home has.
Areas of your home that need to be air sealed and insulated include;
- Attic Insulation – Cellulose
- Spray Foam Insulation – air sealing your rim joist, wire and pipe penetrations, top plates, etc.
- High Density Rigid Foam Board Insulation
- Crawlspace Insulation
- Wall Insulation – Dense pack
- Overhang Insulation
- Kneewall Insulation
- Attic Hatch Insulation
- Over Hangs
- Garage Ceiling
- Pulldown Staircase
Making your home more comfortable, healthy and saving money on utility bills adds value to your home. A green home is a valuable home!