How to Efficiently Insulate Your House (and Save Money)
When the peak summer and winter months come around, customers often ask, “what can I do to better insulate my house?” At Builder’s Discount Center, we want to give you the tips, tools, and DIY information to efficiently insulate your house. Here are a few suggestions on how to better insulate your home and the perks of doing so.
Why Should You Insulate Your Home
The most obvious reason is the savings behind having a well-insulated home. An article from the EPA states that, “homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs (or an average of 11% on total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists.”
If you take the time to efficiently insulate your home, you will see the results in your energy bill.
On top of the savings, your home will be more comfortable. You will be able to easily keep your temperature maintained, reduce unwanted noise, and help prevent bugs from entering your home.
8 Tips to Efficiently Insulate Your House
1. Insulate Your Home’s Windows and Doors
Leaky window and door seals are a leading cause for heat loss, but luckily they are also an easy fix. You can add new weatherstripping and caulking to help reduce drafts. This is something to keep an eye out for as your home ages.
2. Insulate Your Attic
The attic is an area of the home that is often left unfinished. If your home’s attic is not currently insulated, we would suggest starting there. This will help prevent heat from rising and escaping in the winter, while also blocking the heat from entering during the summer.
Making sure that your attic door is sealed is also extremely important. This prevents unnecessary hot or cold air from getting into your home. If your attic door is not sealed, add weatherstripping to this area as well.
3. Insulating Your Home Floors is Often Forgotten
All rooms above unconditioned spaces need to have their floors insulated. Unconditioned spaces are crawlspaces, unheated garages, etc. Make sure you install the insulation between and on top of the floor joist.
4. Fireplaces Need to Have Effective Insulation
If your home has a fireplace, it is important to make sure that it is sealed to prevent any drafts. This takes a few more steps but is still important for your energy savings.
5. Do You Have Proper Insulation in Your Walls?
One benefit people may not think of when insulating walls is how it reduces sound traveling from outside as well as from room to room. You want your insulation to be tucked between the wall studs of both interior and exterior walls. This also helps keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
6. Wrap Your Water Pipes
Insulating/wrapping your water pipes not only helps increase your water temperature, but also reduces heat loss. This means you waste less water–and time–waiting for it to warm up! You can wrap your pipes easily with pipe insulation.
Use Builder’s Discount Center as Your Go-To Home Improvement Store
We are conveniently located throughout North Carolina and Virginia, find a location nearest to you and then learn about our convenient drive-in service where loading your truck has never been easier. We will make sure that you have all of the supplies to efficiently insulate your house.