New homes today place a strong emphasis on proper insulation from the roof all the way to the foundation. There are three particular areas where it pays to go back and add more insulation to your home even after years of living there.
- Attic: This is perhaps the most cost effective place to insulate because the investment is reasonable and the energy savings are significant. Loose-fill insulation is usually the best kind to choose because of the great coverage and lower expense to install. Make sure all the leaks from the occupied area of your home to the attic are sealed as well because most insulation won’t stop airflow completely.
- Basement: The benefits of insulating your basement walls will depend on your type of heating system, the cost of fuel, the climate and your lifestyle. Insulation in the basement is also important for moisture control and to protect the foundation from freeze-thaw cycles, though residents of North Carolina generally don’t need to worry about damage to their foundation due to freezing.
- Ductwork: Any ducts that run through unconditioned areas of your home, such as the attic, garage or crawlspace, should be insulated properly. Since ducts are constructed from thin metal, they conduct heat easily. This leads to greater hot and cold loss if there is nothing to insulate the ducts against the potentially extreme temperatures in unconditioned areas of your home. Rigid fiber board insulation is the most common type used to help air ducts maintain proper levels of insulation to decrease energy bills during both the heating and cooling seasons.
In order to benefit from adding insulation to these different areas of your home, you should call a professional technician with plenty of field experience with this kind of work. To find the perfect technician to inspect and insulate your ductwork, contact us at Smoky Mountain Heating & Airin the Asheville area. Our services will provide you with better performing equipment and a heightened peace of mind.
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