More Insulation?

Feb 22, 2011

The science of home insulation is ever evolving. Homes built in 2004 may already be out-of-date and Energy Star construction ups the ante even more. So how do you know if your home needs more insulation?

A simple method to check insulation for newer homes is to check with the builder. Many keep records and can provide documentation. Older homes can benefit from manual inspection. The most effective determination for insulation needs is through a home energy audit. The auditor checks insulation as part of the whole house assessment and determines where air sealing needs to be done. Even new homes can benefit from this level of complete inspection. If your home needs more insulation, be sure to check the R-value, which is a measure of thermal resistance and will inform you of how much heat loss is actually occurring.

The second option includes a good, old fashion hands-on approach. Homeowners can inspect their own home’s outer walls, floors, basement, foundation, and attic with a little research and know-how. The attic is the easiest and most effective route to take. Heat rises and attics are top offenders of leaking heat when not properly insulated. A view of the attic’s current insulation should let you know if you need it or not. If the insulation is at or below floor joists, more is needed.

Properly insulating your home for both summer and winter months will keep your home at a comfortable temperature and result in energy savings.

Phil Tatro
Four Seasons Property Inspections
P.O. Box 27345
Denver, CO 80227
(303) 838-5175

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