We generally don’t see insulation once installed, but it’s a big part of many remodeling projects. It doesn’t add to the visual appeal of a home but it adds a great deal of value to it. Insulation is one of the big keys when it comes to energy efficiency.
Keep in mind that insulation doesn’t just protect against heat loss in the winter. In the summer months, it helps keep cool air inside and the heat outside.
So when we embark on a project and insulation is a part of it, what should we consider?
One of the first things to consider is the insulation’s rating, or R-value. This value can get pretty complicated but as a simple, general rule think of it this way: the higher the R-value, the greater its ability to insulate.
You might be inclined to get the highest R-value you can. After all, the higher the better, right?
That’s true but only to a point. Costs will be involved and two factors play into how great the insulation properties need to be. Geography is one of them. If you live in a cooler, northern climate you will likely want higher insulation properties than you would find necessary in a warmer climate, such as in southern states.
Where the insulation is going in the house is also a determining factor. An attic or cathedral ceiling will require greater insulation properties than other areas of the house, such as the basement.
When taking on a remodeling project don’t neglect the insulation aspect where it is applicable. If you’re redoing the basement, make sure insulation is part of it. Some projects are simply about getting insulation in place, and the reason is simple.
A well insulated home means lower costs in both summer and winter. It adds an environmental quality to your home by increasing its energy efficiency – an important factor should you ever put your home on the market.
And it’s important for your comfort and your wallet.