Insulating your home


Saving Money by Insulating Your Home

Adding attic insulation to your home is a SMART way to save money on your energy bills! Insulation makes your home more energy efficient. It help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. In addition, insulation allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home while reducing the load on your HVAC system and saving on energy costs.

Adding insulation is a great way to reduce the effect of extreme interior temperatures, such as the hot summers in Texas. Insulation is also an
effective sound barrier. Increased insulation will keep unwanted noise out and interior sounds in. And if you want to keep moisture out of your home, insulation functions as a moisture barrier as well.

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Where to Insulate

Examples of where to insulate. 1. In unfinished attic spaces, insulate between and over the floor joists to seal off living spaces below. If the air distribution is in the attic space, then consider insulating the rafters to move the distribution into the conditioned space. (1A) attic access door 2. In finished attic rooms with or without dormer, insulate (2A) between the studs of “knee” walls, (2B) between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof, (2C) and ceilings with cold spaces above. (2D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 3. All exterior walls, including (3A) walls between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs, or storage areas; (3B) foundation walls above ground level; (3C) foundation walls in heated basements, full wall either interior or exterior. 4. Floors above cold spaces, such as vented crawl spaces and unheated garages. Also insulate (4A) any portion of the floor in a room that is cantilevered beyond the exterior wall below; (4B) slab floors built directly on the ground; (4C) as an alternative to floor insulation, foundation walls of unvented crawl spaces. (4D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 5. Band joists. 6. Replacement or storm windows and caulk and seal around all windows and doors. Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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