Weatherization Means More Comfort, Lower Utility Bills
Is Insulation for You?
If you think your home should feel warmer and less drafty in the winter and cooler in the summer, you may need to add insulation. A good way to confirm this is to have a home energy evaluation, which includes assessing whether there’s avoidable heat loss from your home.
What You Should Know About Insulation.
Insulation helps block heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.
Insulation work typically is done with a related weatherization measure, air sealing. Before adding insulation, it’s important to seal air leaks first so air is not moving around or through the insulation. Next Step Living® technicians insulate attics and exterior walls with blown-in cellulose.
How well insulation works is measured by what’s called “R-value,” the ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the more insulating power. Different R-values are recommended for walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces. Homes in most areas of the Northeast should have a minimum R-value of R38 in the attic and a recommended R-value of R49 to R60. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends 10 to 12 inches of properly installed insulation to achieve R38.
Depending on which community you live in, the cost of insulating your home may be substantially covered by a utility-company program. (For more specific information about rebates and incentives, please provide your ZIP code in the Get Started button to the right.)
Insulation and the Next Step Living Difference.
By working with a Next Step Living specialist, you’ll get not only expert workmanship but help making sure that you’re taking advantage of all available rebates and incentives. (For more specific information, please provide your ZIP code in the Get Started button to the right.) This is part of our whole-home approach to energy efficiency, your one-stop resource for a more energy-efficient home that can include additional weatherization work like air sealing.
The Impact of Insulation.
By insulating your home, you can expect:
- More energy efficiency since you will dramatically cut a leading cause of energy waste in most homes: inadequate insulation (and air leakage)
- More comfort: much less draftiness in the winter and cooler temperatures indoors during the summer
- Estimated savings of up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling costs or up to 10 percent savings on your total energy costs, according to Energy Star