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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing Insulation

Insulation

As homeowners we are faced with a large range of home improvement options, all of which will increase the value of our homes.  But, it's important for every homeowner to assess their individual needs, what they want to achieve, and understand the options that can be delivered over the short and long term.  One important step in any home improvement is to take the time to evaluate the different products available, as this will save you headaches in the long run.

This important step is true even when it comes to choosing a type of insulation.  Although it is hidden behind the walls and forgotten by many, insulation is one of the key areas where an investment in quality product can boost both value and comfort in your home.  From modern technologies like spray foam insulation to traditional products like fiberglass & cellulose, it can be confusing if you are unsure what to look for.

 Here are a few questions to ask when choosing what type of insulation is best for you and your home:

  1. How quickly will the insulation pay for itself?  Could the monthly savings outweigh the monthly cost of financing?
  2. Can the insulation help reduce the required size and cost of your furnace or air conditioning unit?
  3. What happens if the insulation gets wet? 
  4. How well does the insulation control air leakage that can account for up to 50% of a home’s energy loss?
  5. Does the insulation contribute to a “greener” home? 
  6. Can the insulation shift with the home as it settles and lose its U-value?
  7. Will the insulation improve the air quality in your home by minimizing air infiltration to help keep out allergens, dust and other outdoor pollutants?
  8. Can the insulation help make your home quieter, suppressing plumbing, between-room, and street noise?
Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 10:02 AM by Susan Pauls-Valerio, Broker of Record

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