If you want to keep the temperature inside of your home as consistent as possible, you need to make sure you are keeping your home as insulated as possible. Proper insulation is vital if you want to make your home more energy-efficient.
1. Protect Your Attic
The first thing you need to do is check your attic and see if it is insulated, and if so, what type of insulation your attic has. Many older homes built decades ago may not have insulation in the attic, or the insulation that is present may have degraded over time.
If you have an unfinished attic space, you should have insulation between the studs and the rafters of all the exterior walls and on the roof. When installing insulation in the attic, it is important to account for ventilation and airflow as well in order to not damage your roof. Adding insulation to your roof will help prevent heat from escaping through your roof, keeping your home warming the winter and keeping the cold air in place in the summer.
If your attic is not finished, you should also have insulation between the floor joists. This will help seal off your attic from the rest of your living space. If you have flooring in your attic, make sure the flooring is properly insulated.
2. Add Insulation to Your Walls
Next, you need to make sure your walls have insulation inside of them. An experienced contractor can blow insulation into your walls in an existing structure. If your home is more than a couple of decades old, you may need to blow new insulation into the walls. If you are living in a home that is over a hundred years old, there is more than likely no insulation in the walls or paper insulation that doesn't really help keep your home cold.
3. Use Insulated Siding
The siding on your home can also provide another layer of insulation. When your siding gets old and needs to be replaced, consider installing siding with a high R-value, which indicated how much insulation the siding will provide you with. Well-insulated siding, combined with well-insulated walls, will help make your home more energy-efficient.
4. Protect Your Crawlspace
Cold can rise from the ground as well. If you have a finished or unfinished basement, you need to add insulation to the floor joints. If you have a crawlspace, you can still add insulation to the underside of your home as well.
If you are not sure what type of insulation improvements your home needs, call a general contractor who specializes in insulation and ask them to do an energy audit of your home. This audit will let you know areas in your home where the insulation is lacking and what you can do to improve the insulation properties of your home. You can then work with the contractor to improve the insulation in your home.
For more information, contact an insulation service in your area.