Where to Insulate Your Home
To optimize household energy efficiency, it’s important to apply sufficient insulation from roof to foundation. This can help control the temperature inside, and also keep your monthly utility bills as low as possible.
That may sound like a tall order, so let’s break it down into simple steps. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the parts of the home where insulation is most helpful and most necessary.
If your home is lacking insulation in any of these areas, the application of spray foam insulation may make a big difference in your overall energy efficiency.
Where to Apply Insulation
- In the attic. If you have an unfinished attic, it’s wise to insulate over the floor joists. This helps you seal up the living spaces beneath. It’s also a good idea to apply insulation to the back of the door leading into the attic. If you have a finished attic, insulate between the studs of “knee” walls, and also between the studs and rafters of exterior walls. Insulate over ceilings with cold spaces above them.
- All exterior walls. We’d also recommend applying insulation to all exterior walls. This includes walls that are between your living space and the unheated garage; walls that connect to outdoor storage units; and any foundation walls that are above the ground level. We’d also recommend insulating any exterior walls in a heated basement.
- Ducts. If you have ducts that are in unconditioned space, make sure you seal and insulate them completely.
- Cathedral ceilings. Cathedral ceilings can make it incredibly difficult to regulate the internal living space. If you insulate these ceilings properly, you can help keep the temperate at ceiling level fairly close to the temperate in other parts of the house.
- The flood above your garage. If you have living space over an unheated garage, make sure you apply some insulation.
- In your crawlspace. Insulating your crawlspace can be an important way to regulate temperatures inside your home, and to avoid undue energy loss.
- Around the windows. Finally, we’d recommend adding insulation around any replacement or storm windows. Along the same lines, make sure you caulk and seal around any windows or doors in your home. Often, these are the areas where homeowners lose the most hot or cool air.
Use this checklist to verify that your home is insulated in all the right places; and if you’re building a new construction, confirm with the contractor that they’re implementing this level of insulation on your behalf.
Is Your Home Properly Insulated?
Ultimately, an investment in home insulation is an investment in comfort and in lower utility bills.
What’s more, adding some fresh insulation to your home can be surprisingly easy and affordable. That’s especially true when you use foam insulation, something we’re proud to offer at Apex Insulation.
More questions about how to address your home insulation needs? A good place to start is with a phone call to the Apex team. Reach out any time you want to chat about insulation for your property.