According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one of the most important things a homeowner can invest in is air sealing. When you seal your home as completely as possible, it reduces the airflow in and out of your home through leaks, increasing your home’s comfort levels and cutting energy use. And that’s not all. Creating a tight seal with insulation, weatherstripping, and other techniques can also create a healthier living space and make your HVAC system last longer.
While insulation is integral to a home’s airtightness, far too many Michigan homes are poorly insulated, costing homeowners money every month. In this post from J&J Roofing in Roseville, we’re breaking down everything you need to know to improve your home’s insulation. Call to schedule an insulation audit today!
Assessing Your Insulation
If you’re paying more than you expected to on your monthly energy costs despite taking cost-saving measures like adjusting the thermostat, your insulation may need upgrading. When deciding on insulation upgrades for your home, it’s important to start by deciding where you need to add insulation and determine the R-levels needed for those areas. The higher the R-level, the greater the resistance to heat flow and airtightness.
As much as 25% of a home’s heat can be released through its roof and attic, and up to 35% of heat is lost through its walls. Any insulation gaps are costing a home in terms of energy loss.
Look for these signs that your insulation is inadequate:
- Frozen pipes in winter
- Ice dams on the roof
- Water in your ceiling or attic
- Pest problems
- Drafts and cold spots
- Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home
- Cold walls during winter
- Outsized heating and cooling costs
Choosing the Right Insulation
The location of your insulation needs will help to determine the type of insulation and how much is required. Polyurethane spray foams and either open cell or closed cell spray foams are some of the most common types of insulation. To determine which type of insulation you need for your home, contact J&J Roofing and schedule an insulation inspection.
Each of the following areas should be assessed for insulation:
- Crawl spaces
- Exterior walls
- Cathedral ceilings
- Floors above unheated garages
Connect With Michigan Home Insulation Contractors
Do you hesitate every time you have to open your electric bill in the summer or winter? It’s time to upgrade your home’s insulation. Connect with our home insulation contractors to discuss your home’s needs by calling 586-445-6455 or contacting us online today.