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Top 4 Places to Insulate Your Home

09 January 2019



Maximize the Comfort of Your Home

Every Iowa home should be insulated from the top down for optimal energy efficiency. In order to maximize the comfort of every room in your home and increase your overall energy efficiency, we have pinpointed the top 4 places in your home should that should be addressed with proper air sealing and insulation.

1. Attic Insulation

This is an easy one to explain, heat rises. The majority of your home’s heat is lost or gained through the roof making the attic the most essential area to insulate in order to create a comfortable/energy efficient home.

Our home comfort services will treat attic first by air sealing and fixing all of the things you are about to bury like can lights, space around the chimney, pipes, and wire holes. Then install our cellulose insulation up to the optimal level your home requires.

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Blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic.

2. Exterior Wall Insulation

Some issues associated with little or no exterior wall insulation are cold spots on the walls, air leakage through outlets and moisture problems.

Proper insulation and air sealing of outlets and windows will help create a barrier between your living area and extreme outdoor temperatures. This will also reduce mold and mildew growth caused by condensation from cold weather getting into the wall cavity.

3. Rooms Above Unheated Garages

The floor of your room above the garage is often forgotten about and will give you the most trouble with extreme temperatures. If the subfloor of the room above the garage is not insulated properly, the temperature of the garage will dictate the temperature of the room above, along with the smell and noise that come with a garage.

Insulating the subfloor of the bonus room above your garage can greatly increase the comfort of that room’s temperature.

4. Basement Insulation

When most homes with basements were built they were intended to have an unfinished basement, so nobody insulated or air sealed them. But then we put our heating system, ducts and water heater in the basement which heat the basement “unintentionally”.

This heat is lost by conduction through cold dense foundation walls, cold windows, and uninsulated rim joists. The rim joist is one of the most problematic areas and sits right above the foundation wall; it is the outer perimeter of your first-floor framing system and often leaky and uninsulated.

Spray foam provides an air barrier to wherever it is applied to help diminish air leakage from the home.
Spray foam provides an air barrier to wherever it is applied to help diminish air leakage from the home. Pictured is a rim joist in the basement.

If you are experiencing any problems with cold floors and drafty rooms in your home, contact Home Solutions of Iowa at 515-999-2896 for your free Home Comfort Evaluation today.

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