Thinking about adding solar panels or switching to a “smart” thermostat? We are all for it, but before you take any big, expensive steps, you first need to evaluate your home’s insulation. Poor insulation sucks energy and raises your monthly bills. Without energy-saving insulation, many of the improvements you make will be in vain.
If your home is not well-insulated, hot air (in the winter) and cool air (in the summer) are escaping your nicely heated or air conditioned home and pointlessly traveling to your garage, attic, or backyard. What a waste!
Choosing the Right Energy-Saving Insulation
Depending on your home and level of DIY inclination, there are several different types of energy-saving insulation that can be added to your existing home or new build.
This insulation type is made from fiberglass, mineral wool, or other fibers. It comes in sheets and is perfect for unfinished walls, including foundation walls, and floors and ceilings. Since rolled (also known as blanket or bat) insulation can literally be rolled into place between wall studs, it is fairly easy for non-professionals to install.
Reflective System Insulation
This type of insulation is also appropriate for DIYers. It is made of foil-faced kraft paper, plastic film, polyethylene bubbles, or cardboard and is best suited for unfinished walls, ceilings, and floors. It is great at preventing downward heat flow.
Sprayed Foam Insulation
Sprayed foam insulation starts sprayable and then hardens into a thick foam. This insulation type is perfect for existing enclosed walls and unfinished attic floors. While it can be a bit trickier to install, it is a great option for existing homes that have insufficient insulation.
Blown insulation is similar to rolled insulation, except that it isn’t pressed into sheets, so the texture is fluffy and loose. It is blown into existing wall cavities or other hard-to-reach places. It is a good way to add insulation to an existing home, and because it is made up of small pieces, it leaves fewer gaps in all the nooks and crannies of your home. Because it requires the use of special equipment, this insulation type is best installed by a professional.
Xcel Energy currently offers rebates to Colorado homeowners making improvements to their insulation level. Here is a link to this year’s rebates, but check back in 2017 for updated information.
If you have any additional questions about insulation types or would like a quote on adding a certain insulation type to your home, please contact Wayne at 303-808-6707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.