Longtime Minnesota homeowners are mostly conditioned to the harsh weather elements, nevertheless, those weather elements are hard on your wallet. With energy prices looming year after year, there’s a few ways to save your energy dollars.
Contact The Construction Group today for assistance with insulating your roof, attic, and what’s behind the walls.
Take a look at our blog about insulation and how it can make your home more energy efficient, especially during those harsh weather elements.
Insulation Saves On Heating and Cooling Bills
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 49% of a home’s energy bill is spent on heating and cooling. One of the main reasons your energy bills rise during the winter and summer months is because your home isn’t properly insulated.
A well-insulated home is a guaranteed way to help keep your utility bills in check, and an energy-efficient home is better for the environment as well.
How Does Insulation Work?
Insulation reduces the exchange of heat by trapping tiny pockets of air through a surface such as a wall, attic, duct or roof.
In a well-insulated home, less warm air escapes from the house during the winter, and less cool air escapes during the summer.
Insulation is measured by a number called “R-value,” and the higher the number, the better the insulation is at resisting heat transfer.
Choosing the Right Insulation
According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), up to 90% of single-family homes in the U.S. are not insulated sufficiently, so chances are that your house might be one of those homes built prior to 1960 which had insulation deficiencies.
There are many different types of insulation materials to choose from such as fiberglass, polystyrene, mineral wool, and spray foam, to name just a few.
There are differing methods of applying insulation. However, if you want the best insulation that may last the lifetime of your home, spray foam is quite often the better choice.
How Spray Foam Works
Spray foam insulates and air seals wherever it is applied. There are two types of spray foam insulation, open and closed cell.
Open-cell foam insulation is used for interior applications such as wall cavities, attics, basements or crawl spaces.
Closed-cell has the highest R-value available so it is ideal for exterior and interior applications. To add, it is recognized as a flood-resistant material by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Closed-cell foam insulation has many advantages over other types of insulation, including application at very low temperatures.
The Construction Group is Your Insulation Central
Whether it’s summer or fall or in between the harshest seasons, it’s never too late to add proper insulation to your home. When all is said and done, your savings on energy costs will decrease, and over time, the savings will pay off the investment you made.
Have questions? Our experts are here to help you with insulation and all your home maintenance needs such as replacing windows, gutters, or replacing your roof.
Contact us today or ask us for a free estimate!