Okay, why would we say that? The fact is that it is true, especially when buying your first home. Many new homebuyers forget insulation, as it does not spring to your mind at first. Neither do you think about the insulation benefits? That is why we at Ottawa Insulations want to remind you that it should be high on your list looking at your new home and for a good reason.
The Importance of Home Insulation
When you have the proper insulation in your house, it controls and maintains the temperature, creating a comfortable living space. These you notice in summer when it’s too hot or winter when too cold. Furthermore, the insulation material makes your living area soundproof while acting as a moisture barrier to prevent your family from falling ill. Did you know that insulation could also cut down 15% of your cooling and heating costs? Yes, it can as half of your energy costs come from the cooling and heating systems.
Great! But how much Insulation Should I Have Installed?
Here it all depends on several factors. First, you need to look at your location. If you live in a place that gets very cold or hot you, need more insulation. A fact is that the R-value of insulation varies from one province to another. Therefore, if you live in an area with a higher R-value, the more resistant material needs using. For example, when you buy a home in Ottawa, the attic insulation is between R-50 and R-60. Yet, if you have had your home built recently, the optimal insulation levels should be acceptable. That is if the builders considered energy conservation. However, if you buy an older home, the likeliness is that it needs more insulation.
What Parts of My Home Should I Insulate?
For the best insulation, we recommend installing it in parts known as thermal envelopes or living spaces where heat escapes. These usually are your exterior doors, ducts, crawlspaces, basement, windows, ceiling, attics, and walls. Furthermore, we can use different types of insulation, and it depends on the part of the home needing insulation. Yes, that sounds reasonable, but what kinds of insulation do you find.
Different Types of Insulation
For the floors, walls, and ceilings, you can use a batted insulation made from fiberglass, and it has a broad range of R-values. While for the attic, a sprayed foam or blown-in blanket works well. You even find bib insulators that seal up small and uneven areas, causing heat loss.
Achieve the Best Insulation with Ottawa Insulation
Okay, great, but I can save loads of costs on doing it myself, right! Yes, as a first-time homeowner, you can go the DIY method, but not recommended. You may end up paying more, especially if you do not have the right equipment to get the best results. Instead of paying damage fees on top of buying your new home, it’s better to get an expert who knows the home insulation procedure.
Our team of experts can help you choose suitable material to ensure your living space is insulated correctly. At the same time, the material will also be compliant with the local and provincial building laws. So whether you want wall insulation, floor, or attic insulation done, we can help. The best part is you can get a free estimate by completing the online form or giving us a call. So schedule your appointment today to avoid unnecessary costs.