Upgrading Your Home’s Insulation

Your home is leaking like a sieve, and those leaks are costing you money every month that they go untreated, unplugged or unsealed. Improving your home's thermal protection is all about managing unwanted air flow between the inside and the outside of your home. Even if you choose to upgrade your insulation to the highest quality spray foam around, dealing with the air leaks is still just as critical.

Missing Insulation

There are a few likely areas where your home may be lacking necessary insulation, most of which are relatively easily addressed. If you're upgrading your home's insulation it only makes sense to check these potential problem areas out too, just to ensure you're not going to have to do the work twice. If you are a previous homeowner has replaced a window or hung a new door, there's a chance that you're missing insulation around the frame.

Older homes are far more likely to have this problem, but forgetfulness is still a common trait among humans. Start by checking the void around any windows you've installed and make sure that void is packed with expansive foam. For good measure, check any remaining windows and exterior doors in your home and make sure the original insulation is still in good shape.

Inadequate Insulation

The only thing worse than no insulation is the illusion that you have it when you don't. Builders might use lower quality materials, previous homeowners might not know any better, and sometimes insulation materials simply break down naturally over time. The end result is the same, leaving you and your family shivering in the winter, sweating in the summer, and overpaying to run your HVAC all year.

Appropriate insulation levels and practices are determined based on region, due to humidity and average annual temperatures. While you'd think that more insulation will always improve your home's thermal protection, there's a point at which you'll stop seeing a benefit. Work with a professional insulation contractor to make sure your insulation depth is appropriate for your region, stands up to building code and meets your personal needs.

Any exterior wall or roof board can potentially have insulation applied to it. Make sure vapor barriers are appropriately installed for your region to avoid problems with moisture, mildew or mold. Finally of course, make sure you identify and repair any problem areas within your home prior to the contractor beginning the application process. To find out more, contact a business like Alaska Quality Insulators Inc.