A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

Four Home Improvements That Can Be Done By Adding Insulation To Your Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you want to have a home that is energy efficient, adding insulation is an affordable improvement you can have done to your home. It can also provide you with other benefits such as preventing ice dams on your roof and stopping drafts in your home. Here are some areas that you can improve in your home by adding insulation:

1. Stopping Drafts In Your Home By Insulating Doors And Windows

If you have a drafty home, windows and doors without insulation often cause this. To repair this problem, interior trim can be removed and batten insulation installed in the window and door openings to stop drafts. You will want to avoid using spay foam for this because it expands and can damage windows and doors.

2. Rafter Insulation To Prevent Problems With Ice Dams On Roofs

In colder climates, ices dams can be a major problem that can cause roof leaks and structural damage. This is where snow melts and then freezes on the eaves of your home. To prevent this, you can have insulation added to your rafters. This will prevent heating from melting snow on the roof. Doing this in addition to your attic insulation can help make your home more energy efficient and protect it from the risk of ice dams during winter freezes.

3. Improved Energy Efficiency With Additional Attic Insulation

If you want to have more energy efficiency for your home, attic insulation can help keep heating and cooling in your home. There are several options for attic insulation, which include batten, blown-in and spray foam insulation.  All of these products can be good when installed correctly, which you will want to have a thick layer of attic insulation. You can even have blown-in insulation installed over existing insulation to add more insulation to your attic.

4. Improved Energy Performance With Insulation To Foundation Walls

Foundation walls can also be a source of energy loss in your home. If you have a home on a basement or that has walls below grade-level, you may want to add insulation here. There are many types of insulation that can be installed on concrete or block foundation walls. You can even have foam boards installed, which are designed specifically to insulate foundation walls.

These are some things that can be done to improve your home by having insulation installed. If you need help with things like adding insulation to your attic, contact an insulation contractor to get help with the improvements you need for the insulation in your home.

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4 June 2015