Insulation in your home serves the important function of restricting the flow of heat. In the winter, this means that insulation keeps heat inside your living spaces and in the summer, it keeps heat outside. This, in turn, helps keep your indoor spaces comfortable and your heating and cooling expenses under control. To get the best results from your residential insulation, here are some of the most important areas to insulate.
- Exterior walls: Exterior walls that make direct contact with the outdoor environment need plenty of insulation. Heat can easily escape through poorly insulated walls in the winter and get into your home in the summer. Common types of insulation used in walls include cellulose fiber or pellet insulation and fiberglass blanket-style insulation. Wall insulation is placed in the spaces between wall joists and beams.
- Attic: Attics without enough insulation can get extremely hot in the summer. This heat will radiate downward into your living spaces, increasing temperatures and causing your cooling equipment to work harder. This extra heat may be an advantage in winter, but the summertime effects will easily offset any savings you'd gain during the winter. In addition, heat can rise and be lost through a poorly-insulated attic in winter. Insulate walls, ceilings, and floors of attics with loose fill, blanket, or other appropriate style insulation.
- Basement, foundation, and crawl space: Basement areas, foundations, and crawl spaces need insulation to protect from energy loss. Loose fill and blanket-style insulation are also common choices for insulating these places.
- HVAC ductwork: Because all of the warm or cool air produced by your furnace or air conditioning system travels through the HVAC ductwork, it is important that these air distribution pipes be properly insulated. Ductwork is often insulated with a rigid fiberboard or with more flexible insulation wrapped around the duct pipes.
Russell's Heating & Cooling is a premier provider of expert HVAC services in the communities of Chesapeake and Hampton Roads. Contact us today for more information on the most important areas to insulate in your home and for help finding the type of insulation that will best meet your needs. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chesapeake, Virginia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 757-750-1831. Credit/Copyright Attribution: “io-images/Pixabay”