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November 23, 2015 by Caleb Haniquet

Both older homes and newer homes usually do not have proper insulation and can possibly be costing you money. Air can leak through the windows, doors, and walls, which wastes energy and raises the cost of your utility bills. By properly sealing your home, you could save loads of money while increasing your and your family’s wellbeing.

Besides the obvious reason of saving money by adding insulation to your home, there are other benefits you will reap from sealing your home. Insulation reduces noise, which increases the comfort of your home’s atmosphere. Not only will it keep sounds out, but it will provide more privacy by keeping inside sounds from going outside. Adding insulation can also help to control the temperature in your home, so that you and your family can live comfortably. An additional benefit from adding insulation is that you will have fewer pests, pollutants, and allergens entering your home.

Before adding insulation to your home, you should first check how much insulation is already inside your home. The easiest way to find out about your insulation is by setting up an energy assessment for your home. Included in that assessment is an inspection for insulation. The assessment will also help determine whether or not you need to properly air seal your home before adding insulation. If you choose to opt out of the energy assessment, you need to inspect and evaluate your insulation yourself, which could be time-consuming and an inconvenience.

The most common types of insulation are batting, blown in, and spray foam. Batting is a rolled up bundle of insulation that resembles a giant cotton ball. Batting is best used for walls, floors, and ceilings. Blown in insulation is insulation that is blown through a tube, which is good for filling in all of the spaces in your walls, ceilings, and floors. Blown insulation is widely used in the attic. Spray foam is applied by using a small machine with a hose, and the foam expands as it’s sprayed, creating an airtight seal. Spray foam is best used for pipes, wires, and hard-to-reach places as well as walls, floors, and ceilings.

Adding insulation to your home can sometimes be a “do it yourself” project, but more often than not, should be left to the professionals. The general contractors at Center Island Contracting can help you properly and efficiently seal your home before the winter months approach. Call to make your appointment today, at 631-465-9765.

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