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January 9, 2018
When it comes to energy efficient home upgrades, it can be hard to know which projects to tackle first. You want to make the most of every dollar you spend improving your home; yet it can be hard to know which upgrades will help you do that when all of them seem equally important. This is a dilemma that we have helped many homeowners with. If you’re on a budget and want to get the best bang for your buck as you improve your home’s energy efficiency, we recommend starting with insulation.
Why You Should Insulate
Insulation is a relatively inexpensive home upgrade, yet the benefits of proper home insulation are countless. Some of the greatest benefits of insulation are:
More consistent indoor temperatures
Greater home comfort — no matter the season
Less work for your heating and cooling equipment
Reduced home energy consumption
Lower heating and cooling bills
Healthier indoor moisture levels
Better indoor air quality
Where to Insulate First
Some insulation projects will be more effective than others at improving your home’s energy efficiency. If you want to get the best bang for your buck with insulation, it’s important to know where to insulate first. An energy audit will help you pinpoint the most inefficient areas of your home so that you can insulate accordingly. We generally recommend insulating these two areas first:
Because so many attics are under-insulated, the attic tends to be where most heat enters a home during the summer and where most heat escapes during the winter. Sealing your attic with spray foam insulation and then insulating with cellulose, blown fiberglass, or spray foam will significantly reduce temperature swings all year long.
Crawlspace or Basement
In addition to letting outdoor air in, your crawlspace or basement can also be the source of moisture and indoor air quality issues. Insulating this area of your home will further enhance home comfort while keeping moisture and air quality in check.
Get the Best Bang for Your Buck with Greiner
We’re here to help you get the best bang for your buck with your next home improvement project. Our experts can help you identify which insulation projects will be most effective in improving your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. We can also help you take advantage of special financing and incentives, making your home improvements more affordable than ever.