Insulation 101: Why, How Much And When Air-Tro Can Help
One way to reduce your utility bills is to add higher-quality insulation in your home. Houses that are well-insulated have higher levels of comfort than do homes with insufficient amounts of insulating material.
The R-value of insulating material will tell you how well-suited it is. Local and state building codes usually mandate that insulation have a minimum R-value when installed in new structures. However, by choosing insulating material with a higher R-value, you can improve your home’s comfort level and increase your energy savings.
One good way to check out what kind of material you need to insulate your home is to visit the Department of Energy’s ZIP Code Insulation Program website. This website provides a tool that can tell you where you should insulate in your home, the recommended R-values for the Pasadena area and the cost and rate of return.
Energy used to heat and cool accounts for about 50-70 percent of the energy costs in a home. High-quality insulation and air-sealing can help you reduce that cost, thereby saving you a ton of money.
Along with the material you select, there are some other factors to keep in mind:
- Your house should be well-sealed. Homes with too much infiltration can let air in and out, which will reduce your home’s energy efficiency.
- However, your house needs to get enough ventilation. Homes that are sealed too tightly can trap harmful compounds and microorganisms inside. This will reduce the quality of the air that you and your family breathe every day.
- You should manage the humidity levels in your house to increase the efficiency of your insulation.
With the correct balance of high-quality insulating material, air sealing, proper humidity levels and ventilation, you can create a much more comfortable and energy-efficient environment. That’s beneficial to your health and your wallet.
When making home comfort decisions, contact the professionals at Air-Tro for assistance. We have been serving the Pasadena area since 1969, and we have the experience you need to help you make the correct decisions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
Air-Tro Inc. services the greater Los Angeles area as well as the metro areas of Riverside and San Bernardino County. To get started, check out our website.