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An Energy Audit Guide for Homeowners Before Investing in Insulation Improvements

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If you are worried about energy loss in your home, insulation improvements could be the right investment. Before you start investing in improvements, you may want to do an energy audit or have a professional do one for you. The following guide will help you do your own energy audit to determine where energy is lost and where insulation improvements are a good investment for your home: 

Locate Air Leaks That Cause Drafts and Energy Loss Around Windows, Doors, and Exterior Penetrations  

First, you will want to locate the air leaks in your home, which are often around windows, doors, and penetrations like mechanical vents. This is something that can be seen if you light a candle and carry it around these openings. The flame will move if there is a current of air coming from the leaks. This can be more visible if you do it on a windy day. Fill the voids where the air is coming from with batten insulation and use caulking or spray foam to seal any cracks. 

Problems with Damaged Insulation in Basements and Crawl Spaces That Need to Be Addressed  

Sometimes, basements and crawl spaces are vulnerable to damaged insulation problems. Therefore, you will want to routinely inspect these areas for problems. If you have an unfinished basement, you may want to update the insulation. For crawl space foundation, repair the insulation and consider improvements like encapsulation to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  

Air Leaks and Poor Insulation in Unfinished Areas That Can Cause Problems with Energy Loss 

The air leaks and energy loss in your home can also come from unfinished areas, such as basements, garages, and unfinished bonus rooms. This can be a problem due to the air that gets into your home. Therefore, you want to make sure that these areas have insulation where they join finished spaces, and you may want to add insulation to the exterior walls and structural framing in these areas to stop energy loss.  

Attic Insulation, Ventilation, and Energy Problems That Can Be Improved with Insulation and Ventilation  

Lastly, you will want to revise insulation in the attic of your home. If you have an older home, the insulation materials may be outdated and need to be improved. You can add an additional layer of insulation to the attic to help improve the thermal barrier. In addition, you will want to make sure that the attic has good ventilation and air circulation to prevent problems like dry rot that is caused by humidity that gets trapped in this space.  

These are some tips that will help you with the energy audit for your home to choose the right improvements to stop energy loss. If you want to learn more about the thermal barriers of your home, contact an insulation contractor and talk to them about the right solutions for your needs.