Start Right with Insulating a New Home
The best time to properly insulate a home is when it is being constructed. State and local governments often have minimum building code requirements for insulation. But, an energy-efficient home should exceed those minimum requirements and go for optimum energy efficiency.
The term “whole-house systems design approach” is a good model to follow when a new home is being constructed. This model combines an efficient home design, premium insulation, and the best placement of insulation based on where the home is located, type of HVAC systems, and other building materials used. In new construction, it is easier to properly air seal and control moisture before insulating material is installed. Air gap sealing is an important part of insulating any home.
A combination of insulation materials and installation techniques will provide the best R-value for a new-construction project. To get a combination of the best products, consult a local building or insulation company with experienced staff members and a good reputation for energy-efficient home construction.Improve A Home’s Comfort and Value by Adding to Or Replacing the Insulation
Improving the insulation in a home can help save energy and keep the living space more comfortable. It is easy for a homeowner to ignore the invisible parts of the home, such as the insulation hidden within walls or in the attic. But, insulation is what keeps outside heat from entering the home in the warm months and the cold, winter air outside in the winter. If the insulation is insufficient or damaged, it does not do this job efficiently.
There are Different Types of Insulation
Homeowners or builders must choose the best type of insulation for every home. Some factors to consider when choosing insulation include the R-Value required, the indoor air quality impact of the material, life cycle costs, embodied energy, recycled material content, and ease of installation. Some types of insulation are easier for homeowners to install, while other types of insulation require professional installation with special equipment and protocols.
The types of insulation materials include bulky fiber materials including fiberglass, cellulose, rock and slag wool, or natural fibers. Rigid type insulation includes foam boards and sleek foils. Other materials available include phenolic foams, cementitious foams, vermiculite, and perlite that are blown into spaces.
There are also reflective foils, radiant barriers, and reflective insulation systems that are designed to reflect radiant heat away from living spaces for cooling. Radiant barriers are more useful in hot climates than in cooler climates. These systems can reduce cooling costs by from 5% to 10-%.
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