As heating and cooling costs continue to rise, it is not uncommon for property owners to consider ways to make their homes more energy efficient. There are many ways this can be done, including purchasing appliances that use less energy, adding insulating drapes on windows, and replacing old heating and cooling equipment. One of the best ways to reduce costs is to have extra insulation added to the home. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.
The first step is having a general contractor who is experienced in every type of insulation inspect the home to identify areas that insulation could be added or replaced with a better insulation product. They will be able to tell you where proper insulation is lacking and can give you an estimate not only on how to remedy the problem, but also an estimate of the potential savings you will incur on your energy bills.
Attic insulation is one of the easiest ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home. It can be done either with batting insulation or loose-fill insulation. There are pros and cons of each, and which one you should choose will depend on the configuration of the attic and your budget.
Duct insulation is another type to consider, especially if there is duct work in air conditioned areas. Most duct systems have a fairly high amount of energy loss, making this a great choice.
Exterior wall insulation can sometimes be an option, depending on how the property was constructed. Blow-in insulation can usually be added. A more involved and more costly way is to add insulated siding to the exterior of the home.
Basement insulation can do a lot for making a home easier to heat. It can also make the basement comfortable enough to be used for additional living space. Homes that have a crawl space instead of a basement can also improve the situation with the appropriate type of insulation, depending on whether their crawlspace is ventilated or unventilated. It is not particularly easy, but even homes built on slab concrete can have insulation added.
The way to get started with adding insulation to an existing property is to call a professional. Some options will pay themselves back in short time, while others may take a while, but they all save money in the long run.
For insulation services in Charlotte NC, contact us at Spangler Restoration. We can also fix up your home after any disaster, including fire, mold, and natural disasters. Give us a call today!