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What First Time Home Owners Need to Know About Insulation

what homeowners need to know about attic inslulation

If you are a first-time homeowner, you likely have many thoughts swirling through your head! There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home, from financing to location to inspections. How your home is insulated may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but first-time homeowners are wise to consider how quality insulation affects maintenance and energy costs down the road.

One of the main benefits of good attic insulation is in maintaining and controlling the temperature in your new home. Attic insulation is a great sound and moisture barrier, making sure that loud noises from the outside are dampened, and preventing unwanted moisture from developing.

Insulation also helps to regulate both hot and cold air, keeping unwanted temperature changes out of your house, and making sure that the living environment remains perfect for you while keeping your energy costs low. It’s estimated that good insulation can help you save as much as 15% on your cooling and heating costs, so it’s definitely something to keep an eye on!

Where in my new home is insulation most important?

There are a lot of nooks and crannies in your new home that should be properly insulated. You’ll want to consult with a professional attic service provider to make sure that thermal envelopes, or the parts of your home where energy can escape, are properly insulated. These spots can include walls, ceilings, attic, exterior doors and windows, the basement, and other crawl spaces.

Basically, what you are on the lookout for are those places where external walls and surfaces are not properly protected. While some of these spaces are obvious, like your attic, you may be forgetting other spots, like walls and floors. Without proper insulation, you could be paying far more in energy costs than is necessary!

What kind of insulation should I install?

The type of insulation to install depends entirely on what part of the house you are looking to protect. This is where the advice of an attic services professional will come in handy. While batted insulation is perfect for floors, ceilings, and walls, unfinished attic floors do better with sprayed foam or bibs insulators since these types can seal uneven areas or small holes that are hard to reach but cause a lot of energy loss.

Where your home is located also plays a key role in what kinds of insulation you should install. If the climate is cooler, you’ll need a more robust insulation, for example. All kinds of insulation receive what is called an R-value. The greater the R-value, the more heat resistant the insulation is. 

If your home is a new construction, it likely has the appropriate insulation already installed, but it’s always worth checking to make sure there are no energy gaps. If your home is older, you’ll definitely want to have an expert come out to perform an energy audit and advise you on how best to make sure your home is properly insulated.

How do I get started?

This part is easy – give us a call! Our attic insulation services provide you with the help and guidance you need as a first-time homeowner to make sure that your new home is properly insulated and protected.

We’ll come out, give you a consultation, and get you started on the right path. While many first time homeowners can be bewildered by the sheer amount of new things they have to pay attention to, attic insulation does not have to be one of them! Contact Attic Projects today to be sure your new home has the proper insulation.