We talked a couple weeks ago about tips for avoiding the formation of ice dams. In that post, we touched lightly on the importance that insulation plays in preventing the buildup of ice, but the main reason for insulation is to keep your home warm and toasty during the chilly winter months. Proper insulation is also important to keeping your cost for heating as low as possible.
All buildings have the same basic components to protect the things contained inside from the elements: a foundation, walls and a roof. These structures all work a little differently to provide protection from heat, water and wind. In order to provide the best protection, these structures all require insulation, but for different reasons, and therefore, it makes sense that different types of insulation would be required according to what the insulation material is made to do. There are three levels of insulation installation quality: Grade I, Grade II and Grade III, with Grade I being the highest.
Poor insulation can present four main problems: heat flow issues, moisture, air leakage and drying potential.
If you think that poor insulation is preventing your home from being protected from the weather, or if you want to know if improvements can be made to keep your energy costs low, give Fortress a call and we will be happy to check it out and see if there are any areas that need to be better insulated! The following link will take you to a page of the US Department of Energy’s site that will help you understand the different kinds of insulation, where in your home each kind should be used, and what purpose it serves: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/types-insulation