6 Money-Saving Solutions for Improving Home Insulation

by Ben SanfordDecember 18, 2017

Your Home’s Insulation Is the Barrier Between You and the Cold

When it comes to keeping your home warm in the winter, the efficiency of your HVAC system is important. But, without the right type and amount of insulation in the home, you can have a top-of-the-line HVAC system and it wouldn’t matter; your home will be almost as cold inside as it is outside.

With this winter looking to be a very cold one, now is the time to inspect your home’s insulation and replace or add to it in the appropriate places. Here are six tips that will help you save money and keep your home nice and toasty this winter.
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Have a Home Energy Audit Performed

The older your home is, the more important a home energy audit is going to be because older homes can be riddled with air leaks and areas that are poorly insulated. When you hire a professional to conduct a home energy audit, the technician will use a powerful fan to reduce the interior air pressure. This causes the higher-pressured outside air to work its way into the home and this allows the technician to locate any potential air leaks.

The technician will also inspect your home’s insulation by measuring how well it prevents hot and cold air from flowing through it. Although this is a paid service, it can help save you a lot of time, energy, and money because you won’t have to worry about trying to locate the air leaks on your own.

Take Credit Where You Can

Depending on where you live, you may be entitled to certain tax credits or rebates from your local municipality, utility provider, city, or state. You can find such money-saving rebates at the US Department of Energy‘s website.
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Find Un-insulated Spaces and Insulate Them

There can be several areas in a home where insulation might not exist. So, filling these spaces up with insulation will help make your home more air tight and protected from the outside cold temperatures. Common areas to look include:

  • The attic access door
  • Between the studs in knee walls
  • Between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and the roof
  • Finished attic rooms
  • All exterior walls
  • Between living spaces and an un-insulated garage
  • Foundation walls above ground level
  • Floors above cold spaces
  • Slab floors build directly over the ground

Seal Your Ducts This Winter

If you have ductwork running through any unconditioned areas, such as in the basement or garage, then make sure they are well sealed and wrap them in insulation to prevent heat loss from occurring.

Apply Extra Blanket Insulation in the Attic

Blanket insulation is the type that comes in rolls or sheets. If you have an old home, then simply adding another layer of insulation in the attic will solve any problems being caused by the older insulation. There’s no need to remove the old insulation. Simply set the new insulation on top of the old for an extra layer of protection.
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Apply Fresh Caulk and Weather-Stripping

If the caulk around your windows is starting to peel away, then remove the old caulk and apply a fresh bead around the windows. This will seal up any drafts around the windows. The same thing applies to the weather-stripping around your external doors. Applying fresh weather-stripping will make for a tighter seal around your front door.

Ensuring your home is well insulated for winter doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and most of these jobs can be done over the course of a weekend. So, get to work before the cold weather really rolls in. Your family and your energy bills will thank you.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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