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How To Reduce Your Home’s Energy Costs

Among the least costly, the easiest and most efficient way to improve your home’s insulation is to reduce the amount of energy waste and thereby lower the cost of your energy.

It has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy that over 50 percent of the energy that is used in a typical home is for heating and cooling purposes. And while there are rarely any reductions in the cost of energy, there are frequent price hikes that homeowners have to bare.

Central Texas Insulation Contractors of Belton, Texas, provide homeowners with a quality installation service of non-structural insulation products which includes blankets, batts, spray foam and loose-fill insulation.

Kneewall Insulation

If you wish to insulate a kneewall as well as the attic floor that lies behind the kneewall, you should also provide protection of the insulation by way of an adjacent air barrier. There should be no leaks in the air barrier, particularly in those areas where the wall meets the roof and the floor meets the wall.

Doing this does require plenty of blocking under the kneewall’s bottom plate and also above the kneewall’s top plate between the rafters. If the roof has previously been vented, the rafter blocking ought to extend to the ventilation baffles. On the other hand, if the roof has not previously been vented, the blocking ought to extend to the roof sheathing.

The majority of builders rely on rigid foam to provide blocking, though solid lumber can also be used. In any event, the perimeter of the blocking should be sealed with canned foam or with caulk.

Once the blocking has been installed, the attic floor and the kneewall can then be insulated. If air-permeable insulation is being used such as cellulose, mineral wool or fiberglass, it is essential that an air barrier is included to the rear of the kneewall. For this purpose, the optimum material is rigid foam though other acceptable alternatives include drywall, ThermoPly, and OSB.

Seal all of the panel seams over with either caulk or some other compatible tape.

Blown-in Blanket Fiberglass Insulation

The Blown-in Blanket Fiberglass (BIBS) system is behind the walls that the most energy efficient buildings use. It is a state-of-the-art insulation system that utilizes fiberglass blown wools that are specially manufactured. The fiberglass blown wool is installed within the floors, the walls, and the attics of energy efficient homes.

This then forms a blanket of insulation that is seamless and it fills completely around wiring, pipes, and other objects that are within the cavity so that thermal efficiency is increased and costly air gaps and voids are eliminated

Spray Foam Insulation (SPF)

SPF is a spray-applied plastic which is used to form an air sealing barrier and continuous insulation on roofs, walls, around corners, as well as on contoured surfaces.

SPF is made using unique liquid components that are mixed to create foam. When mixed, the liquids react rapidly and expand to create a foam that provides insulation and seals gaps. SPF is also able to resist the transfer of heat particularly well.