When it comes to energy efficiency, nobody’s home is perfect. However, one of the most effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and stay comfortable all year long is installing insulation.
As you’re getting ready to insulate your home, one of your first questions will most likely be, “How much insulation do I need?” The amount of insulation your home needs primarily depends on two factors:
Understanding these factors can help you determine what insulation is best as you schedule insulation installation for your home.
You may have heard of R-value for insulation, but why is it important? Understanding what R-value is and how recommended R-value is determined are both important when insulating your home.
R-value is the measurement of a particular material’s resistance to conductive heat flow. Put simply, R-value measures how well something resists heat. The greater the heat resistance, or R-value, the greater the insulation’s effectiveness.
The R-value needed depends on the insulation’s type/material, thickness and density. Although a higher R-value generally means a more effective insulator, the highest R-value possible may not necessarily be right for your project. This can be true if the space you’re insulating already has existing levels of insulation.
Additionally, houses in certain climates don’t need as much insulation as others. For example, homeowners in Florida don’t need to worry about insulating against extremely cold temperatures—but the weather is quite different here in Wisconsin.
That’s why different regions of the United States have different recommended insulation levels. Here in the Sheboygan County area (and throughout central and southern Wisconsin), we are in zone 6.
Recommended R-values in this region range from R5 up to R60 depending on the area being insulated.
There are several places you should consider insulating in your home, as insulation can help reduce energy costs, keep more even temperatures in your home and act as a sound barrier.
The most common areas to insulate in your home are the:
You can put new insulation over old insulation in some cases, but there are times you may need to consider insulation removal before installing new insulation.
It can be challenging to figure out where your home needs insulation removal and insulation installation, but don’t worry! An insulation professional can help you determine the areas you need insulation and the proper R-value, too.
When you’re deciding on insulation for your home, there are several types to choose from. Some of the most common are:
Each type of insulation has its advantages, and your insulation contractor can walk you through which type will be best for your home.
Want to know more about your insulation options or need to schedule insulation installation in your home? We can help! Alpine Insulation offers quality building and insulation services in Wisconsin.
Contact Alpine Insulation today for insulation in central or southern Wisconsin. Call us at (866) 261-1090 or contact us online to learn more!