The Department of Energy estimates about 45% of the average American family’s energy bills are made worse by poor insulation. That fact alone makes decisions about your family’s HVAC system critical to impact your energy bills.
Energy waste occurs wherever there is a transfer of temperature. Culprits include windows, doors, walls, fixtures, and appliances. But the biggest transfer of temperatures in your house – regardless of season – is through your roof and the top-floor ceilings.
For optimal energy efficiency, you should ensure that your home is properly insulated all the way from the roof down to its foundation. Where should you insulate in your home?
- In unfinished attic spaces.
- In finished attic rooms with or without dormer.
- Foundation above ground level.
- Floor above cold spaces.
Types of insulation
Home insulation types vary depending on the age and style model of your home. If you have the chance when buying a new home, it’s advisable to get detailed information about the insulation from your builder to help you make informed decisions about your home in the future.
Primary Insulation Types Include:
- Blanket (batt and roll) insulation
- Insulating concrete blocks; for new buildings.
- Foam board insulation
- Insulating concrete forms.
- Loose-fill insulation
- Sprayed foam insulation; a viable option for finished basements.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is a common building material mostly recommended by architectural firms, builders and general contractors. Unfortunately, many homeowners have no idea of what it is neither do they know how it can be used within their home and its benefits.
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is simply a spray – applied plastic that forms a continuous insulation thereby air sealing barrier on both walls and roofs
There are many benefits to using this using this safe and high performance insulation, spray foam insulates and air seals a building and contribute to:
- Enhanced indoor comfort
- Air leakage reduction
- Improved energy efficiency of HVAC equipment
- Reduce heating and cooling monthly expenses.
Better Data = Better Home Energy Strategy
When you have precise data about the condition of your home, you’ll be able to make the decisions that are best for your family. Cameron’s Home Energy Assessment will give you that data. Don’t worry, we’ll be happy to walk you through what all the numbers and images mean. Give us a call at 443-290-5182 to begin the process of a home energy assessment.