Does Your Home Have Enough Insulation?191902_1

To find out, schedule and Energy Audit today – 732-708-0075

Why insulate your house?

Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the average American home’s energy use. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation, combined with air sealing in your home:

  • Helps maintain uniform temperature throughout your home
  • Keeps heat in during the winter and cool in during the summer
  • Saves you money
  • Lowers your home’s carbon emissions

How does hot and cold air get into my house?

Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In the winter heat moves to wherever there is a difference in temperature. For example, heat will move to the unheated attics, garages, and basements and out of your house. Conversely, during the summer, heat moves from the outside in.

How can insulation help?

By providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat, insulation in your ceilings, walls, and floors decreases the heating or cooling your home needs

Insulation basics

There are several common types of insulation: cellulose, rigid foam board, fiberglass (in both batt and blown forms), and spray foam.

Insulation performance is measured by R-value – its ability to resist heat flow. Higher R-values mean more insulating power . Different R-values are recommended for walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces. Insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it.

Sealing air leaks before installing insulation to ensure that you get the insulation’s best performance.

Does my home need more insulation?

To get the most savings, add insulation to your attic.

To see if you need more insulation, look across your uncovered attic floor and if your insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you need to add more insulation. The recommended insulation level for most attics in NJ is R-38 (or about 12-15 inches, depending on the insulation type) .

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