Why should my home be insulated?
The number one heat loss in any un-insulated home is through the walls. If your home was built prior to 1970, chances are that the walls have no insulation. If you home was built in more recent years, chances are that some of your insulation has become less effective over time and there is also a good chance that your home has insufficient insulation in your attic, basement, garage or in your walls.
According to the US Department of Energy heating and cooling homes accounts for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Properly insulating your home can improve the comfort level and energy efficiency of your home. Click here for a diagram of the spaces in your home that should be insulated.
There are many benefits to insulation in your home. Among them:
- You can save home heating and cooling costs and use less of our nation’s natural & energy resources
- You can maintain a more uniform temperature in your home making it a more comfortable living environment
- Your walls, ceilings and floors will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
Choosing the right insulation
There are several different types of insulation available. The right insulation for your home depends on several factors including:
- How much insulation does your home need?
- How accessible are the areas of your home that need insulation?
- How much space is there in the area of your home for the insulation?
Insulation options: blown-in or loose-fill insulation
Professional installers like Bruin offer blown-in loose-fill insulation that can be used in wall cavities and is appropriate for attic floors, garage ceilings, irregular shaped areas and, for filling in around obstructions. Bruin offers blown-in cellulose and fiberglass insulation.
What is air sealing and should my home be air sealed?
Have you ever noticed gaps around the pipes in your basement or around pipes that lead to the exterior of your home? Most homes have such gaps that and these air leaks can be the equivalent to having an open window, at all times, in your home. Air sealing a method by which those gaps are sealed off and is one of the most cost effective measures you can take to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency, resulting in savings from 10% to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
Massachusetts Homeowners Should Take Advantage of the MASS Save Home Energy Services Program
Bruin is an authorized contractor for the Mass Save Home Energy Services Program.
The MASS Save Home Energy Services Program is coordinated by the MASS Save initiative which was formed by the Massachusetts DOE in conjunction with Massachusetts energy providers. The process starts when a home energy audit is conducted to identify where a home’s energy efficiency can be improved. Under the program, Massachusetts homeowners can receive incentives and rebates on energy efficiency updates to their home including insulation and air sealing. Learn more about the MASS Save Home Energy Services Program.