Make Sure Your North Carolina Home Has Adequate Insulation Before the Cold Hits

October 16, 2013
Ross and Witmer

Homeowners in North Carolina want to be sure that before cold weather arrives they have done everything they can to make their home well prepared and energy-efficient.

There are many ways to do this, from sealing air leaks to installing a programmable thermostat. But perhaps the most important thing you can do is to make sure you have adequate insulation in your home. There are several different types of insulation to consider.

Rolls and Batts

Manufactured from minerals like rock wool or fiberglass, rolls and batts are designed to be positioned between floor joists in the attic and wall studs. They can be purchased in a range of sizes and can be cut to fit the length you need. The thickness of this type of insulation largely determines its R-value.

Loose Fill

Loose fill insulation is made from rock wool, fiberglass or cellulose. It comes either as a loose fibrous material or small pellets, and can be blown into walls and attics spaces by professionals using specialized equipment.

Expanding Foam

Homeowners can use small cans of expanding foam insulation to fill in holes and gaps around pipes and vents entering the home, as well as cracks around doors and windows and near the basement sill. Homeowners can also hire contractors who can use professional equipment to inject expanding foam into walls.

Rigid Foam

More expensive than other types of insulation, rigid foam has specialized uses because of its higher R-value and thinness. Rigid foam insulation is often used for interior sheathing in basements or as exterior sheathing.

Ensuring that your home has adequate insulation will not only save you money, it will make it more comfortable for you and your family. If you have any further questions about this topic, please feel free to contact Ross & Witmer. We have proudly served the Charlotte area since 1945, and our team of experienced professionals will be happy to help you.

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