Monday, March 23, 2009

Energy Saving Tip: Insulate your Attic & Basement

As the weather starts to turn cold, the first thing most homeowners do is get the heat cranked up. Before you touch the thermostat, you always make sure the windows and doors are closed so as not to waste any heat. But have you considered how much heat your losing through your uninsulated attic and basement?

Mom always told us to put on socks to keep our heads warm, and put on a hat to keep our feet warm. Can insulating a basement keep your attic toasty, and vice versa? Absolutely! If your home is like many American homes without basement and attic insulation, you could be saving up to 40% of your energy costs by insulating your basement and attic.

A major concern for homeowners living on the east coast is moisture. Moisture can cause mold, which is not only dangerous for our health, its dangerous for our homes. Mold can grow where moisture and water collects, like in traditional fiberglass batting insulation. Click here to read what home inspectors say about traditional insulation and mold.

Closed-cell spray foam insulation is so waterproof that it is often used to seal flat roofs - exposed directly to rain, heat and other outdoor elements. Spray foam is a better choice for Americans who are sensitive to mold or who have allergies, as spray foam will not hold pollens or dust.

While the cost upfront may be slightly more than fiberglass insulation, many homeowners chose SPF as it not only improves comfort for the homes occupants, but can increase the resale value of the home. If your attic or basement does not have insulation or lacks adequate insulation, consider installing environmentally friendly spray foam insulation today.

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I moved into a new home, and we've noticed that it's always chilly in the basement. With winter coming up, we're nervous that the lack of insulation is going to affect the warmth of the rest of the house. We're wanting to get it insulated, and also, we're wanting to rest of the house to get looked at. It would be great to get better insulation, and be able to have up 40% on energy cost.

    Sara Welsh |


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