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Insulation Tips from a Local Contractor

Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 8:00 am

One of the best ways to increase the overall energy efficiency of your Melbourne home is to make sure that it is properly insulated. There are lots of different companies that offer products for every insulation need that you might have. Using the services of a professional contractor is a good idea if your home is drafty or if you’re noticing an increase in utility bills. They can help you figure out the best route to take to insulating your home. We’ve assembled some tips to help you make sure that your Melbourne home is properly insulated.

Types of Insulation

Here are some of the common types of insulation available:

  • Rolls and Batts – These are those pink rolls of fiberglass insulation that you’ve probably seen.
  • Loose-Fill – This is a type of insulation that is blown into the crevices of your home’s walls, floors, ceilings and attic.
  • Rigid Foam Board – This is more expensive than other kinds of insulation because it has to be hung like drywall. However, for its thickness it is more efficient that other types of insulation like loose-fill and rolls/batts.
  • Foam-in-Place Insulation – This kind of insulation is sprayed into the crevices of your home’s walls, ceilings and attics. It expands to fill those spaces and insulate your home. You can buy small cans of this product to insulate your windows, doors and electrical boxes.

When to Use Them

Depending upon where you live and the characteristics of your home, a different insulation might work better than another. A Melbourne insulation contractor will be able to help you determine which type is best for your house. On exterior walls, you may want to use a thinner insulation like rigid foam board or foam in.

Your attic is one of the places that is most vulnerable areas in your home for energy waste. Focusing on that area might be a good idea if you have a limited budget. Wind bafflers and sealing your attic access is a good way to make sure the attic is venting properly and not leaking air.

General Tips

  • Seal your doorframes, windows and electronic panels. Air can leak through these openings.
  • Insulate your duct system. Leaks and cracks in your ducts can waste a ton of energy.
  • Insulate water pipes
  • Adjust window treatments – adjusting your blinds can keep heat from entering your house

If you have any questions about the insulation in your home in Melbourne, call the experts at Next Generation.

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