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3 Things Nobody Tells You About Insulating Your Home

Insulation

You're determined to enhance energy efficiency in your home, and your advanced HVAC system gives you a great start. Unfortunately, if you fail to properly insulate your house, all that HVAC effort will be for naught. It's time to get educated and get your house insulated. Many homeowners remain woefully unaware of the following three insulation essentials:

1. Walls Lose the Most Heat

When picturing insulation, most people think of attics. While the roof generates plenty of heat loss, it's by no means the top source. Walls constitute the greatest surface area and are therefore capable of losing the most heat. Insulation is thus just as important for walls as it is in the attic.

2. Most Stereotypes about Cellulose Are Incorrect

Cellulose is an incredibly effective form of insulation, and yet, it remains plagued by false stereotypes. Many homeowners avoid cellulose because they believe it constitutes a fire hazard. In reality, the material includes a fire-resistant mineral known as borate. Other homeowners worry about the potential for rot; while moisture can leave cellulose susceptible; this is also true for other common insulation materials.

3. Insulation Measurements and R-Values

Struggling to determine which insulation is best for your home? Keep an eye on the R-value, which indicates the material's resistance to heat flow. R-value depends largely on the type of material used, its thickness, and its density. The higher the R-value is, the more effective the insulation.

As you prepare your home for winter, make sure to pay attention to both your HVAC system and your home's insulation. A combination of efficient HVAC and quality insulation will ensure a cozy and efficient home.

Once you've figured out your insulation situation, be sure to contact the experts at Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning to learn other ways you can improve your home's energy efficiency. Connect with our efficiency experts online today.

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