Adding Insulation To Your Home

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Winters Here ~ Add Insulation!

Finding the source of where your structure is not efficient on energy use is the first step in cutting energy costs.

The following represents the average breakdown of where energy usage and its “energy waste” come from:  Adding insulation to your home is one way to achieve this.

35% Appliance Gains
26% Window Solar Gains
22% Attic & Duct Gains
10% Infiltration
7% Walls

As you can see a large amount goes through the roof.  Adding insulation to your home will cut down on that 22%  Attic & Duct as well as the 7% walls and the 10% infiltration.

Attic Insulation Gives Biggest Reuslt

To get the biggest savings, the easiest place to add insulation is usually in the attic.   A quick way to see if you need more insulation is to look across your uncovered attic floor. If your insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you probably need to add more insulation. The recommended insulation level for most attics is R-38 (or about 12–15 inches, depending on the insulation type). In the coldest climates, insulating up to R-49 is recommended.

Use Good Quality Insulation

If your adding to existing insulation, I recommend using a good quality High Density insulation in the attic and walls. Look for the R-value – The higher the R-value, the better the insulating value.

With the cost of crude oil and electricity rising, it is an important factor in controlling your monthly expenses for your home.

Sealing air leaks in the attic is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure that your insulation is “insulating” and not leaking.

Learn more about sealing air leaks in my previous posts ~ HERE and HERE.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

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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