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Home Insulation

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
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When the wind whips outside your home and temperatures plummet, you may start to think of your home's insulation and wonder if it's adequate. Sealing and insulating your home can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs. Whether you are fighting winter's chill or trying to keep your cool in the summer, these energy saving tips will help improve your home's overall insulation from roof to basement and reduce energy bills:

Windows - Sealing windows can be time consuming but not difficult. You will need caulk and weather stripping to seal air leaks throughout your home. Weather stripping materials include felt, foam, vinyl and metal. Whatever material you choose, be sure it will hold up well with temperature changes. Or if you are not a Do-It-Yourselfer, consider new windows.

Attic - If you can see the attic floor joists because the insulation is level with them or below them, you probably need to add more insulation. Adding fiberglass batting is a relatively easy job which most people can do themselves. Just be sure the batting fits snuggly into wherever you're placing it, without the need to compress to make it fit.

Doors - Doors are also a potential energy drain for your home. Just as you caulk and seal windows, you need to ensure doors are well sealed and not drafty. Weather stripping and a door sweep, which you install on the bottom of a door to reduce drafts, can help conserve energy.

Improving your home's insulation can be an easy, cost effective way to improve your home's comfort all year round and to reap significant savings on energy bills no matter what the season.


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