An additional protective barrier of insulation can prevent the unwanted exchange of moisture and heat. Every home can benefit from added insulation, and it can save you money on your monthly heating bill. Your foundation, attic and ductwork are all places it pays to insulate. Why?
- Your attic is an easy place to insulate and it reaps the most benefits when it comes to energy costs. Loose-fill or batt insulation are the most common materials used, and both are very affordable. It’s also important to seal leaks and gaps in your roof and walls before you insulate, because insulation isn’t designed to stop airflow.
- Insulating around your foundation improves your indoor air quality by reducing moisture and cold that comes in. Keeping moisture out can prevent mold growth, which is very common in basements and can have a negative impact on your health. Check the foundation for cracks or gaps before you begin installation.
- Ductwork is used to transfer conditioned air from your furnace to your living space. As air travels throughout your home by way of ducts, heat can diffuse through leaks along the way, causing your furnace to work harder to heat your home. Outside elements can also affect the air in your ducts, especially those ducts that run through unconditioned areas of the home. Insulating your ductwork can help prevent this unwanted exchange of heat.
When it comes to adding insulation, consider hiring a professional contractor to do the job; this ensures that every crack and crevice is insulated properly. Contact Blanton’s Heating and A/Cfor more information on adding insulation to your foundation, attic and ductwork.