Does My Home Need Insulating?
Having insulation in your home is good. Having enough is even better.
Winters in northern Indiana can be quite cold, so anything you can do to make your home more comfortable and efficient can be beneficial. Insulation helps to retain heat in the winter, keeping heating costs as low as possible — and in the summer, it can help to keep your home cooler as well. Most homes in Fort Wayne, Elkhart and Crown Point have some insulation, but if your home is more than 10 years old, there is a good chance that it does not have enough.
The Benefits of Properly Insulating Your Indiana Home
Heat naturally tries to flow from warm areas to cooler ones, attempting to reach a state of equilibrium. Insulation slows this process down and offers:
- Improved comfort – A well-insulated home is easier to keep at the proper temperature and humidity levels.
- Higher air quality – A properly sealed and insulated home will not draw in as many outdoor air pollutants.
- Lower utility costs – When your home can maintain its temperature longer, your HVAC system will not have to work as hard, reducing your heating and cooling costs.
- Longer HVAC life – When the workload is reduced on your HVAC system, and it does not cycle as often, it will typically last longer and break down less frequently.
Insulation is rated by its R-value, which represents its resistance to heat flow, with higher numbers indicating greater resistance and higher insulation performance. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes in northern Indiana should have R-38 to R-60 in the attic, up to R-21 in exterior walls and R-25 to R-30 in floors and crawl spaces.
How Can You Tell Your Home Needs More Insulation?
A poorly insulated home will often have high heating and cooling costs, and you may notice drafts or uneven temperatures as you move from room to room. Floors will often be cool in the winter, and you may have problems with pipes freezing or bursting. Ice dams are also a common problem in under-insulated homes due to heat escaping the attic in the winter. And in the summer, the attic will be sweltering hot in an under-insulated home.
Adding insulation is an easy way to reduce your Indiana home’s heating and cooling costs and increase your comfort. Several types of insulation are often used for retrofits:
- Cellulose insulation – Available as loose-fill insulation or a blown-in product, cellulose is composed of recycled paper fibers that are treated for fire and pest resistance. It is rated at R-3.1 to R-3.9 per inch.
- Fiberglass insulation – Available as batts or blown-in insulation, fiberglass is made from thin glass fibers. It is rated at about R-3.4 for batt insulation or up to R-4.3 for blown-in installation.
- Mineral wool insulation – Made from rocks and slag that are heated and spun into fibers, mineral wool is naturally fire- and pest-resistant, with R-values that range from R-3.2 to R-4.0 per inch.
- Spray foam insulation – Applied as a liquid that expands to fill voids, closed-cell spray foam offers excellent insulation and air-sealing with R-values that range from R-5.0 to R-6.0 per inch.
- Rigid foam insulation – Formed into boards, rigid foam insulation offers R-values that range from R-3.8 to R-6.5 per inch.
Why Choose Momper Insulation for Insulation Services in Fort Wayne?
When you would like to make your Indiana home more energy-efficient and comfortable, turn to our team at Momper Insulation. We install cellulose, fiberglass and spray foam insulation, and we have over 60 years of professional insulation experience, ensuring your insulation will be installed properly for long-lasting, energy-efficient performance. We feature an A+ rating from the BBB, and as a member of the Installed Building Products family, we have the backing of one of the largest insulation installers in the country.
Call 260-432-7543 today or contact us online to request an insulation quote for your Fort Wayne, Crown Point or Elkhart home.