If you live in a cold weather state, you're probably

by:MPS     2020-05-18
Seal Off Air Leaks The easiest way to help control the temperatures of your home is to seal off air leaks. Take weather stripping, foam or caulk and seal around windows, doors, behind kneewalls, around wiring holes, in plumbing vents or around pipes, around the basement rim joists and surrounding any recessed lighting canisters. This should be a relatively easy process and will likely provide noticeable benefits right away. If you're trying to insulate your home even further, consider using temporary plastic sheeting to cover the glass of your windows for the winter. These plastic sheets trap air in between the glass and the sheet, which then becomes an insulator. These sheets typically only last a season, but they're easily installed and removed when spring comes and homeowners want to be able to open the windows in their home. Call A Roofing Company To Add Additional Insulation Aside from air leaks, a large amount of heat escapes through the attic. Insulating material is often sold in rolls, but many homeowners choose to hire a roofing company to come inspect their roofing and blow in insulation. A qualified roofing company will know how to best add it to your attic and they'll be able to let you know if your existing insulation isn't doing its job (fiberglass insulation, for instance, can lose as much as 50% of its insulating properties over time). Many homeowners might be tempted to insulate their attics themselves. While it's possible to do this correctly, hiring a roofing company means that someone will come to your home and inspect to make sure there aren't any additional problems. Adding insulation to a damp, moldy or rotting attic will only put a bandage on the problem instead of fixing it. Not fixing problems correctly the first time could lead to expensive repairs down the road. Other Benefits Of Insulation For Your Roofing Materials Although increased energy efficiency is the best-known benefit of increasing insulation in your home, it's not the only one. Homeowners who properly insulate and seal off air leaks can actually extend the life of their roof. They'll avoid common problems such as ice damming, which can actually cause water to pool on your shingles, leading to leaks. If your house seems like it just won't warm up in the winter, making small changes can mean big savings on your energy bill. Inspect your home for any air leaks that you can seal and have a qualified roofing company come out and add insulation. You might be surprised at how much you can save when your heating bill comes each month.
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