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Insulation in Your Wichita Home — Do You Have Enough in All the Right Spots?

Posted on December 11, 2014

Home insulation can keep your home warm in the winter and cool during the summer without having to blast your HVAC system 24/7. This can increase the efficiency of your home and lower heating and cooling costs. Having enough home insulation in the right spots is a must to keep your Wichita home comfortable.

Attics

It’s important to ensure that air leaks are sealed up before applying insulation in the attic. Loose-fill insulation is effective and inexpensive, but batt insulation features added protection. The access door to the attic should also be insulated.

Ducts

When your ducts run through your garage, basement or attic, a lack of insulation could affect the temperature of the air being circulated through your home. Efficiency is reduced, and your home may not be as comfortable as you’d like it to be. In this instance, make sure your ducts are sealed and insulated.

Ceilings

High ceilings need to be properly insulated. They can make it more difficult for conditioned air to circulate throughout a room, so it’s important to install batt insulation. Joists, frames and even rafters can be used to provide a space for ventilation to ensure efficiency.

Exterior Walls

Blow-in insulation is easy to add to exterior walls in an existing home. This added layer of protection can drive down heating and cooling costs.

Floors 

Floors that are located above unconditioned areas need to be properly insulated. Be sure to seal any air leaks with air barriers. Drywall and subflooring should also be thoroughly sealed.

Foundations

It’s easiest to install insulation while a home is being built, as insulating material is placed before the foundation is poured. However, this exterior insulation method is difficult and impractical in existing homes. Interior insulation can add protection, but it’s important to choose a fire-resistant material.

If you think that your Wichita home’s insulation needs a little more work to increase HVAC efficiency, contact Comfort Systems today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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