Adding House Insulation

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A Well-Insulated House

A well-insulated house, free from air leaks is warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and quieter year-round. The end result is less energy is needed!

Whenever given the option on adding house insulation choose more over less, BUT make sure you take the time to seal air leaks first.

Adding Insulation And Air Leak Sealingsealing air leaks

Checking your house’s insulation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste and save on energy bills.  A good insulating system includes a combination of products and construction techniques that protect a home from outside hot or cold temperatures, protect it against air leaks, and control moisture.

You can increase the comfort of your house, reduce heating and cooling bills by adding proper insulation where needed and learning how to seal air leaks.

Adding House Insulation

  • You have an older home and haven’t added insulation. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated.
  • You are uncomfortably cold in the winter or hot in the summer—adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature.
  • You build a new home, addition, renovate or install new siding or roofing.
  • You have high energy bills.

Look To The Attic

One of the key areas to think about adding house insulation to is the attic.

Make sure your attic is well insulated with at least 12 inches of fiberglass batt insulation or loose insulation on the floor. Fill in any gaps you find but keep the insulation at least 3 inches away from fixtures electrical sockets, recessed light fixtures, ridge and sofit vents.

Pull-down staircases with access the attic can have weather-stripping installed around the edges and covered with rigid insulation.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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