If you’re looking to save money and energy in a building, there are plenty of great places to begin. Insulation, for example, can have a huge impact on how much energy a building actually uses throughout the course of a day. You might know about regular wall cavity insulation (the pink fluffy stuff that itches), but there are other types of insulation that provide great value to you as well.
In order to get you up to speed on exactly how to save money and energy with insulation, let’s go over a few tips and tricks.
If you have a properly insulated attic, it will stop heat from escaping through the top of your house. However, without a soffit your roof could become superheated in the summer, leading to its breakdown and degradation. A superheated roof can cause shingles to crack, as well as lead to the formation of ice dams in the winter. Ice dams will weigh on your roof, causing it to crack and leak. This in turn will lead to potential mold damage as well as less energy efficiency.
A soffit can prevent all of this from happening by ventilating your attic so it can prevent too much heat from escaping through the top of your house without letting it become superheated.
A quality foam roof underlayment will act as another form of insulation for your roof. Not only will it help insulate your home from the inside, it will also protect against outside moisture and air from getting in. Polyiso insulation is another good consideration. This will help to prevent ice dams while providing much-needed insulation beneath the shingles.
Building wraps are continuous insulation solutions that wrap around a building to completely enclose it off from outside air and moisture. Any moisture that does enter is allowed to safely evaporate from the wall cavity before it does harm. Building wraps such as these are able to save you a great deal of money and energy because they fill in the gaps that the normal layers of sheetrock, siding, flashing, caulking, and others have. A building wrap is installed beneath all of that, providing another layer of continuous defense against the tiny amounts of water vapor that inevitably will work their way past the other defenses over a certain period of time.
Insulation Alone Can’t Do the Job
Even if you have perfect insulation, other factors like your HVAC ducts can make all the difference. It doesn’t matter if your insulation is solid, if your HVAC ducts are leaking you’ll be losing a substantial amount of money and energy each month. The only way to achieve a complete money and energy saving solution is to combine these insulation tips with an energy efficient HVAC repair strategy.
There are DIY duct sealing options available for this or you could go with a professional HVAC repair company like Aeroseal, who use patented technology to seal off, then repair HVAC ducts completely. Attacking the problem from all angles like this will give you the best results. Once you have the proper HVAC, it’s important to keep up with the maintenance and have a routine duct cleaning in place.