Did you know you can save an average of 20% on your home’s heating and cooling costs by maximizing your home’s energy efficiency?
Over the life of owning your home, this can really add up. Today, we look at different types of insulation and how they contribute to maximized energy efficiency.
There are five common types of Energy Star insulation used in homes:
You can save up to 10% on energy costs by improving insulation used for your floors, areas such as attics and crawl spaces, basement rim joints, and other air leaks throughout your home.
Insulation reduces how much heat leaves your home.
The effectiveness of insulation is rated using what is known as R-value, with the greater R-value indicating better heat flow reduction. Because several materials are used to insulate your home, R-values are additive, meaning you can increase R-value based on the overall materials used.
R-value applies to several housing materials, including:
Each insulating element increases the R-value of your home’s overall insulation. Ideally, your home insulation levels should be between R-20 to R-30 in the walls/foundation and R-50 to R-70 in the ceilings. When used and combined effectively, you maximize your home comfort and energy efficiency.
You can increase energy efficiency both when building a new home and for existing homes:
New builds must adhere to strict energy efficiency best practices and codes, and you can add to those guidelines with elevated insulation.
It is always more cost-effective to improve insulation during the building process as you can add layers without disrupting existing structures. Your builder/contractor can recommend how to improve R-values and reduce energy costs over the life of your home.
For existing homes, you can hire a certified contractor to assess your home’s R-value and offer cost-effective ways to improve insulation. This might include:
Insulation provides opportunities to create a more comfortable, energy-efficient home. A certified contractor can provide an assessment and recommend ways to maximize energy efficiency.
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