Insulation for Minnesota Home
It is the most important priority of every home owner in Minnesota to have a comfortable home which is warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The energy cost of any average Minnesota house accounts for 60 to 80 percent due to heating and cooling systems in the house. But literally such high costs are not necessary for many homes.
It is necessary to make the home energy efficient thus reducing the costs of heating and cooling and moving towards a healthier home. Doing so the life span of the house can also be improved and the cost of the
maintenance can be reduced. The understanding about the “thermal envelope” is very important factor in insulation. The insulation separates the indoor environment of the house from the outdoor climate.
There are lots of materials involved in insulation which prevents the loss of heat and seals all the air leakages. This prevents the wind as well as the moisture from entering inside the house. Before carrying out any steps towards the energy efficiency of the house you need to strictly pay attention to the thermal envelope. There are two important steps to be done. One is to set up a system for intake of fresh air inside the home which can be meant through ventilations and the other one is to seal all the air leakages.
Now you might be thinking that what role the insulation plays. There is a general rule that the flow of heat is from warmer to cooler place. Thus during winter heat flows from indoor to outdoor and during summer the process is reversed. The role of insulation is to stop the flow of this heat. This is the reason why insulated homes are cooler during summer and warmer during winter. There are various factors which decide the resistance of insulation. More over the R-Value of insulation decides how much it has the property the resist the flow of heat. More is the R-Value more will be its resistance.
If your house is already insulated years ago and if you want to add more than first you must check where and how much insulation is required. You can do this by yourself too. Check the walls, ceilings and basement for cold spaces. Wherever insulation is visible measure its thickness. But checking insulation in the walls that are finished is very difficult. For this you need to drill holes in the exterior walls or remove the switch boards and measure the thickness of insulation inside it. In this method the only drawback is that you don’t get proper space to measure the thickness accurately.
The best way is to drill holes besides cupboards and measure the thickness. Later these holes can be sealed with the plasters and paints. It is not so that the levels of insulation are different in different parts of the wall. Whether upper or lower, insulation must be same at all the places. If you don’t wish to do this yourself you can even take the help of professional.
It is essential to check the amount of insulation required because if adequate insulation is added than also it is not suitable for the house. Once you have insulated properly your energy bills would decrease for the rest of your life. In Minnesota there are many options of insulation available and their types. It is most advisable to consult any insulation company near you to have your house insulated. The important places for insulation in the houses are walls, around windows, attic, ceiling, floor, basement as well as the crawl spaces in the house.