Insulation and Energy Awareness


Don't wait until hot or freezing weather to make sure your home is energy efficient. You may be eligible to get a Federal Tax Credit for making qualifying efficiency upgrades to your home (see details at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index).

The benefits of an energy efficient home include:

  • Reduced utility bills
  • A more comfortable home with hot and cold spots eliminated
  • Reduction of your home's carbon footprint by using less carbon based energy sources

Doing a little homework will increase your results. Conduct an energy audit, or enlist the help of a professional energy auditor. Here are a few things to look for:

  • If you can see floor joists in the attic, you need to add more insulation.
  • If you can see daylight around a door or window, there's an air leak.
  • Run a damp hand along the edges of windows and doors. If there is a draft, it will feel cool to your hand.
  • Look for dirty paint at the edges of your outlets on exterior walls – they may need sealing.
  • Look for dirty carpet along the baseboards of your exterior walls – you may need to seal the drywall to your sub-floor.

Insulation is the most important addition to a home for improving comfort and savings. Homeowners have options in the type of insulation that would be best in solving the problem: fiberglass batt insulation, blown-in insulation or spray foam insulation. The key areas to focus on are:

  • Unfinished basements which can contribute to one-third of a home's heat loss.
  • The attic: If the home is more than 30 years old, it is likely it is substantially below current code recommendations for energy-efficiency.
  • Add insulation to exterior walls. Consult a contractor to drill small holes in the stud cavity and add blown-in insulation.
  • Use insulation backed siding when re-siding your home.

Emmons Roofing & Siding can handle all of your insulation needs. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Posted October 8, 2010 By Lucas Hamilton of CertainTeed

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