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Choosing The Right Insulation Solutions To Improve Efficiency After An Energy Audit

by Matthew Fields

Having an energy audit done for your home is a great way to find out where you are losing energy and where improvements need to be done. If you are losing energy, it's likely that insulation installation is going to be needed to improve thermal barriers and stop air leaks in your home. The following insulation solutions are ideal to improve different areas of your home after an energy audit:

1. Spray Foam Insulation to Fill the Voids and Add Thermal Barriers

Spray foam is one of the best choices of materials to add a thermal barrier to your home. It can be used to insulate walls, attics, and floor systems. The benefit of spray foam is that it expands and fills voids to ensure that there is a thermal barrier with fewer air leaks. It can also be used to insulate around mechanical vents and in areas where exterior finishes have cracks or holes that cause outside air to find its way into your home.

2. Insulating Window and Door Casings with Batten Insulation

One of the areas where air leaks frequently occur is around windows and doors. To improve these areas, you want to replace seals and weather stripping and insulate around the window casings. Remove the interior trim and use strips of batting insulation to insulate the openings and stop air leaks. In these areas, batten insulation should be used rather than spray foam because the expansion of foam can damage window frames. Use spray foam to seal other air leaks like mechanical vents and other holes in exterior finishes.

3. Adding A Thermal Barrier in The Attic with A Layer of Spray-In Insulation

The attic is one of the most important areas to have insulated because heat gain can cause energy loss and damage during the winter due to ice dams. Spray-in insulation can be used to add an extra layer of thermal barrier in your attic to reduce thermal transfer and prevent problems.

4. Insulating Brick and Concrete with Foam Panels to Reduce Energy Loss

There may also be some areas of your home that have concrete or masonry that is not insulated. This can cause energy loss, which is why foam insulating panels are a good solution for areas like unfinished basements and crawl spaces. Installing insulating panels in areas that cannot be insulated with conventional materials like spray foam will help reduce energy loss and make your home more efficient. 

These are some of the different insulation solutions to improve your home after an energy audit. If you need insulation for walls, floors or in the attic, contact a spray foam insulation service to have them help you add a thermal barrier that will reduce energy loss.