When you live in the Northeast, you learn that home insulation is a very important part of your home. Not only can it keep your home at a comfortable, even temperature, but it can also help you save money on your energy bills. While you may already have a sufficient amount of insulation, there are several areas that our HVAC service company recommends considering for added insulation:
Attic Access Door
Even if your attic has sufficient insulation, you’ll want to make sure your attic door has it too. Attics get cold during the winter months, and whether your door is built into the ceiling or is a walk-in door, it can easily let that cold air out into the rest of your home. Insulate it properly and you’ll eliminate cold drafts and keep surrounding rooms warmer.
While cantilevered floors are a great way to give your home some character, you have to remember that they sit beyond the exterior wall below. This means they don’t receive any warmth from the room below and can get cold. Installing insulation between the floorboards and the exterior-facing soffit can help protect the floors from cold outside temperatures.
Ceilings/Walls Next to Cold Spaces
Ceilings and walls that are adjacent to a cold space (such as an attic, a garage, or a crawl space) may require extra insulation in order to protect the room from the colder temperatures next to it. Consider extra insulation especially if the room is one you spend a lot of time in.
Many older homes don’t have insulation between their first and second levels, which allows air to easily flow from one floor to another. By installing insulation underneath the floorboards between the spaces of your home’s joists, however, you can reduce airflow and regulate the overall temperature of your home more easily.
Concrete Slab Floors
If your home has concrete slab floors that are built directly onto the ground, you know how cold those floors can get. With just 2-by-4 sleepers, strips of rigid insulation, and plywood sheets, you can create a layer of insulation to separate your flooring from the ground below and help it stay warm.
Check out this video for more information about how cantilevered architecture can impact the comfort of your home – and what we can do to fix it!
If one or more of the situations we outlined here apply to your home, schedule an appointment with one of our home insulation experts for a free in-home analysis of the impact on your comfort and energy efficiency.