When cutting AC costs, what do you do? Do you replace your filter? Have maintenance come and take a look at your unit? That’s all stuff you should do regularly, but if you are not insulating your home, you may be spending more money than you think.
Your home should have insulation already, especially if it’s a newer home. Homes built after the 1940s generally have good insulation, but it varies quite a bit based on who built the house. However, a little more insulation never hurts, and will usually help. Here are some ways to keep the air out and keep your air in.
Seal Those Doors and Windows!
Look at all your windows and doors. There may be a leak, or a door/window that’s not tight enough, that can be letting some of the air in. Even if it’s small, it builds up after a while. So what can you do to fix this? Weatherproofing a home is the first step in insulation, so what to do?
If you have proper budget, purchasing new doors and windows that are weather-sealed may be your best option. If you’ve been looking for a reason to buy new doors and windows, this may be your chance.
If your budget is low, try some weather stripping adhesive foam. Putting it on the edges of your window and below your door is quite easy, and it’s affordable for anyone.
A few other alternatives include window film, and a window insulator kit. All of these are easy to do.
The Building Envelope
If you’re building a new home, consult a professional about tightening the building’s envelope if you’re thinking about insulating a house. The envelope includes the walls, roof, AC unit, and more. Having a tight envelope can insulate your house properly, so make sure you have one before you build.
Add More Insulation to Your Attic
When you think of insulation, you probably think of that foamy stuff in your attic. Go to your attic and take a look around. Is your insulation at or below the joists of your floor? If so, you may want to add a little more. One thing to remember is that the insulation does not have to be the same kind as you already have.
Sealing Your Vents and Ducts
One way to keep the air in is to make sure your ducts and vents aren’t leaking. Take a look at your vents and ducts. Do you feel any leakage? If so, you can use a plywood sheet to seal your vents. You can use sealing tape to take care of your ducts. This may be a project, however, that’s best left to the professionals.
Contact an Energy Auditor
There are a few things you can do to improve the insulation in your home, but this is a task best left to the pros. An energy auditor can take a detailed look at your home and see the flaws in your insulation, giving you ways to improve it. If you’re looking to get the most out of your insulation, an auditor may be the best way to go about it.
Look for an energy auditor in your area, and make sure you have a few references. You’ll want one who can look at every nook and cranny and see if there’s any room for improvement. They can also tell you which kind of insulation is best for your home.
Get Insulated Today!
There’s a reason your mother didn’t want you leaving the door open! Once you’ve properly insulated your home, you’ll realize just how much money you’ll be saving.