One of the most common home improvement projects in the United States is to reinsulate or enhance the insulation of existing homes. Homes that were built prior to 1980 were not insulated with the technologically advanced systems and methods that are used today, so many existing homes throughout New England are able to really benefit from reinsulation improvement.
Benefits of Reinsulation
One of the biggest benefits of reinsulating a home is to enhance thermal management for better temperature control with both heating and air conditioning. Part of reinsulating a home involves sealing any air leaks within the envelope, through the addition of insulation and spot sealing.
Even if your home appears to be well-insulated, it is possible that air is still leaking through your home and decreasing thermal management, simply because it was poorly sealed or because the sealing has degraded over time. A proper seal will eliminate air leakage, lowering your monthly bill and increasing air control comfort throughout your home.
Insulation: From Top to Bottom
Studies show that as much as 60 percent of all air leaks are located in the attic of the home. Reinsulating your attic is often much more affordable and convenient than most home owners imagine. In recent years, it has become possible to repair air leaks and improve insulation without having to make costly repairs or renovations in the process.
Some homeowners think all they need to do is make sure that the attic is insulated and the rest of the home will benefit. While that is true, in part, the rest of the home needs to be insulated as well, particularly exterior walls. Exterior walls that are not properly insulated can account for as much as 15 percent of heat loss, wasting money and energy in the process.
Basements and crawl spaces can also contribute to thermal management loss. Studies show that the heat loss from a basement that is uninsulated can be as much as 25 percent. Air leakage in basements and crawl spaces can also result in moisture problems, which can lead to mold and mildew growth in the home. It also increases the amount of energy required to temperature control a home and results in increased energy bills.
Call Richie’s for Insulation of Existing Homes
Improving your home’s insulation doesn’t always have to be a big job. Even small changes to repair air leaks and better insulate problem areas can make a big difference in your energy costs and consumption.
To ensure that your home is properly insulated and that you are maximizing your ability to manage energy consumption and temperature control in your home, call Richie’s Insulation at 508-678-4474. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff can help you find the most cost-effective, energy efficient solution to help you lower your energy bill and improve your overall air-quality and thermal management.