Home owners are often surprised to hear that the reason for cold homes in the winter and warm homes in the summer is poor insulation. Heat loss occurs from several sources; when looking at heat loss it’s important to look at poorly insulated surface areas. This means wall insulation or attic insulation.
Your ceiling is a large surface area and if it is not insulated, heat will escape at a rapid rate. If your home is older than 1983, it may have low insulation levels in the attic. Anything less than 10 inches or R32 is not adequate. Engaging an expert to inspect it will save you money in heating/cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.
Walls are the largest surface area and if they are not insulated will increase your homes heating costs. To determine your course of action, you will need to know if you have wood or solid masonry construction.
If you have wood construction, an expert like a Home Inspector or Certified Energy Auditor should be able to assess whether insulation exists inside your walls without making any holes. If insulation is not present, you may choose to insulate and re-drywall or have insulation blown or poured inside the cavity.
If you have solid masonry walls (double brick or concrete block), they are usually not insulated. Have no fear there is a solution that works! For this type of construction you will need Cementitious Foam Insulation. This insulation may be known by different brands such as AirKrete. It’s perfect for solid masonry walls and it’s a green product too! It slows down heat loss and reduces air flow which makes the home more air tight.
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