Home insulation—many homeowners continue to think of this important element of a house’s energy efficiency simply as “the pink stuff” that’s hidden behind their walls and in their attics.
But do you really know how insulation affects your indoor home comfort? And did you know that—particularly if your insulation hasn’t been inspected or replaced in a long time—that you could stand to dramatically lower your monthly energy bills by replacing it?
How Insulation Works
Insulation helps slow heat transfer between the materials that make up your home’s building envelope. There are a number of different insulation material types, but A Plus Energy Services generally prefers blown cellulose insulation for many home improvement projects because of its:
Cellulose can be installed either as dense pack or loose fill, and can be blown into nearly any part of your home, from replacing existing wall insulation or attics and more.
Cellulose insulation is significantly less expensive than spray foam insulation, which will allow homeowners to break even sooner on their upfront home improvement investment.
Cellulose is made from recycled newspaper that’s been treated to be fire resistant. It’s a much “greener” insulation than spray foam, which is made from polyurethane, a plastic.
Many home performance contractors tout the importance of attic insulation, often leaving the lowest parts of a home neglected, but it can be just as beneficial for homeowners to properly insulate their basement. A Plus has a few different methods that can protect and seal the bottom areas of a home, from blown in dense pack cellulose between studs on a concrete foundation to rigid foam board and fiberglass batts beneath floor joists.
How You’ll Benefit from New Insulation
Removing your old insulation and replacing it with new blown in cellulose means you’ll need to run your heating and cooling systems less frequently to deliver the same amount of conditioned air into your home and keep you comfortable. With upgraded insulation, homeowners can benefit from:
Reduced energy consumption
Lower heating and cooling bills year-round
Increased home value
Improved indoor comfort
According to the EPA, upgrading the insulation (and air sealing) your home can result in average annual savings of 16% on their heating and cooling bills. Just think about how much money you’ll save in the years following an update to your whole house insulation in New Hampshire!
Call A Plus for a Leading Insulation Company Near You in NH
Ready to take the first steps towards higher energy efficiency? Schedule an energy audit to find out where your insulation is poorest through a series of building science-based tests like thermal infrared imaging and blower door testing. An audit of your house can maximize your ROI on home performance upgrades, ensuring that the money you’re paying an insulation company to install insulation in your NH home will bring you the most value.