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Proper insulation creates a more comfortable home by not allowing air to seep in or out, and well-insulated houses stay warm during winter and cool during summer. Here are several considerations:
1. Existing conditions. Determine the effectiveness of existing insulation and where insulation is missing. Professional home energy auditors can pinpoint spots where energy is being lost. Locate auditors: • energystar.gov • resnet.us
2. Insulation types. Learn about insulation types, including fiberglass, cellulose, rigid foam board, and spray foam.
3. Performance measures. Understand R-value and what’s appropriate for your location and climate. bit.ly/r-value-reno
Sealing and weatherstripping projects are perfect complements to insulation upgrades, and some projects can eliminate drafts.
• Doors: Minimize door drafts with weatherstripping. bit.ly/door-drafts
• Windows: Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal window leaks.
• Drapes: Depending on the climate, close or open drapes on sunny sides of your house, either to block or welcome the sun’s heat.
• Ducts: Repair visible and accessible ducts with duct sealant. bit.ly/sealducts Other trouble spots can include mail chutes, electrical and gas service entrances, cable TV and phone lines, outdoor water faucets, space where dryer vents pass through walls, bricks, siding, stucco, and foundation, air conditioners, and vents and fans
Calculate cost savings
Project costs vary depending on climate, the scope of work, and whether you hire a professional. Also, look to Federal tax credits to offset project costs. Find incentives and rebates at the Database for State Incentives on Renewables and Efficiency at dsireusa.org Have questions? I have answers. Contact us today
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