I’ll give you a minute to think about the answer…
The answer is….FALSE!
While insulating your building and/or beefing up the existing insulation is a great idea for many reasons, there’s something else that you should consider first.
And that’s air sealing.
One of the best things you can do to keep your property temperate all year long is to AIR SEAL. We’re talking about caulking/weather stripping windows and doors; sealing gaps in chimney chases; and foaming the cracks and crevices around electrical boxes and ductwork. You know, the small areas where large-scale insulation is infeasible. These areas of your home, and many others, are sources of air leakage in your home, causing uncomfortable living conditions---not to mention an uncomfortable utility bill. All that air movement can prevent insulation from doing its job.
Insulation’s job is to reduce the rate of heat transfer (ie heat flow), which is difficult to do when air leaks around your home are constantly pushing air around in all directions. That’s like putting a band aid on a gushing wound. It doesn’t do much good, and could actually make things worse.
Same thing with the relationship between insulation and air movement. The bottom line is, all the insulation in the world isn’t worth a hill of beans if your hill of beans is being blown over by all the air movement in your building. So the first thing you’ve got to do is air seal as much as possible, and THEN start thinking about insulation.
Sealing air leaks is a DIY project for the most part but if you need help, contact us. We can also conduct a FREE, NO OBLIGATION Insulation Audit to identify where insulation might be most beneficial in your home.
Be sure to read about common air leaks that are wreaking havoc in your home.
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