Insulation for Wisconsin Home
As an ideal citizen of Wisconsin it comes under your duty to make your house energy efficient. It benefits you also by saving your money on electric bills and improving the comfort levels of your house. It also helps in preserving the environment.
The major part of your utility bill is covered by the energy consumed by heating and cooling systems in your house.
The only way to have a control over this bill is to insulate and air seal all the leakages in your house at the levels recommended by the government of Wisconsin.
If your house is having a flat roof or mansard roof or if your attic is finished you will need to give the insulation job to a contractor. Also the contractors would be cheaper to you than insulating yourself. The reason for this is that they purchase insulation in bulk and so they can do the work for you at cheaper rates.
You can know if your attic needs more insulation or not by checking the depth of your attic. If it is more than or equal to 6 inches, you probably need to add more insulation for better energy conservation. Along with this you also need to seal all the major air leakages in roofs as well as walls. Fiber glass insulation and mineral wool insulation in the form of batts as well as rolls are used widely in Wisconsin. Along with them cellulose insulation and vermiculite loose fill insulation are also used here.
The joist spacing in the attic and ceilings in Wisconsin homes are mainly 16 or 24 inches wide and for that 15 or 23 inches wide fiber glass as well as mineral wool batts and rolls are available. The rolls of this insulating material are normally ranging from 16 to 100 feet in length. But the batt insulation are already cut prior according to the requirements.
Both this type of insulation is fire as well as moisture resistant. It is on you to decide whether you want these materials with vapor barrier or without it. Foil or the kraft paper is used in the facing of this insulation. Most of these batts are wrapped around in a plastic bag so that it can be handled very easily. There are small holes in these bags so that vapors are not formed inside it.
If you want more effectiveness of the fiber glass insulation than their standard value, it is advisable to use the medium or high density batts of fiber glass insulation. Mostly this type of insulation is done in the ceilings and side walls of cathedral in Wisconsin. In case of loose fill insulation bag packing is available. This can be directly poured from the bags or can also be sprayed with pneumatic instruments as per the requirements.
For better efficiency and coverage it is recommended to blow it with instruments. These instruments are also available on rent in Wisconsin market but if you do not know how to operate these instruments better hire a professional. Places with irregular spacing and joists can be insulated more easily with loose fill insulation than rolls and batts.
All the insulating materials have different R-Values and so all of them needs different depth of insulation in order to achieve the desired amount of R-Value. For new homes in Wisconsin it is suggested to have R44 to R50 category insulation in the attic while for old homes it is suggested as R38. Insulation is most essential in any Wisconsin home to live peacefully in such a costly world where electric and fuel prices are increasing day-by-day.