Living in a comfortable home that doesn’t cost you too much is every homeowner’s dream. But if you’re experiencing temperature differences from room to room or floor to floor, a muggy and humid home, or high utility bills, your home will definitely benefit from green upgrades. Home Efficiency Experts, your partners in creating a greener, more energy-efficient home, make it our business to diagnose and resolve the issues that are affecting the comfort and energy use of homes in Long Island. Here is an overview of how homes can go green through better building performance.

The Importance of Air Sealing and Insulation

Air sealing and insulation are like the dynamic duo of home efficiency. By sealing up gaps and cracks in your home’s envelope, air sealing prevents heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, reducing the workload on your HVAC system and saving you money on energy bills. Insulation, on the other hand, acts as a thermal barrier, keeping your home comfortable year-round.

Choosing the Right Insulation Material

When it comes to insulation, cellulose and spray foam insulation reign supreme. 

Cellulose Insulation

Made from recycled newspaper treated with borate, cellulose insulation offers numerous benefits:

  • Longevity: With a durability factor of over 50 years, cellulose insulation outlasts traditional fiberglass insulation.
  • Fire Retardant: Cellulose is naturally fire retardant, adding an extra layer of safety to your home.
  • Pest Resistant: Insects and critters find cellulose uninviting, reducing the risk of infestations.
  • Soundproofing: Beyond its insulating properties, cellulose also dampens noise, creating a quieter living environment.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is an expanding foam that hardens on the surface it is installed on, offers a high R-value per square inch (a measure of insulation’s effectiveness), and has many strengths:

  • Air and Moisture Barrier: It creates an effective seal against air infiltration and moisture, reducing the risk of mold growth and improving indoor air quality.
  • Enhanced Structural Integrity: Closed-cell spray foam adds rigidity to the structure, reinforcing walls and roofs.
  • Versatile Application: Suitable for various areas like attics, crawl spaces, and rim joists, spray foam can be applied to irregular surfaces and hard-to-reach areas.

Areas to Air Seal and Insulate in Your Home

To achieve optimal energy efficiency and comfort, various areas of your home require attention:

  • Attic Insulation: Cellulose insulation is the ideal choice for attics, providing superior thermal performance.
  • Spray Foam Insulation: Seal gaps in your home’s rim joists, wire and pipe penetrations, and top plates to prevent air leakage.
  • High-Density Rigid Foam Board Insulation: Ideal for exterior walls, this insulation type offers excellent thermal resistance.
  • Crawlspace Insulation: Don’t overlook your crawlspace; proper insulation here can prevent moisture issues and improve energy efficiency.
  • Wall Insulation: Dense pack insulation ensures your walls are adequately insulated, reducing heat transfer and enhancing comfort.
  • Overhangs, Knee Walls, and Attic Hatches: These often-neglected areas are prime spots for air leakage; seal them up for maximum efficiency.
  • Garage Ceiling and Pulldown Staircases: Extend the energy-saving benefits to these areas to create a truly efficient home.

Benefits of Green Home Improvements

Investing in green home improvements offers a myriad of benefits:

Increased Comfort: 

Say goodbye to hot spots and drafts; a well-insulated and sealed home maintains consistent temperatures throughout.

Healthier Indoor Environment: 

By reducing moisture and preventing air pollutants from infiltrating your home, green upgrades contribute to better indoor air quality.

Lower Utility Bills: 

By reducing your home’s energy consumption, you’ll see significant savings on your utility bills month after month.

Enhanced Home Value: 

A green home isn’t just comfortable and efficient; it’s also more valuable on the market, appealing to eco-conscious buyers.

Home Efficiency Experts: Your Partners in Green Home Solutions

At Home Efficiency Experts, we’re more than just home improvement contractors; we’re your partners in creating a greener, more comfortable, and cost-effective home. With our expertise in air sealing, insulation, and energy efficiency, we’ll transform your house into an energy-efficient haven that’s healthier for you and the planet.

Don’t settle for a home that’s less than comfortable or energy-efficient. With the help of Home Efficiency Experts, you can go green and reap the rewards of a more comfortable, healthier, and cost-effective living space. 


Contact us today at 631-406-9805 to schedule a home energy assessment and start your journey toward a greener home!

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