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Conserving Energy Through Insulation

Insulation reduces heat exchange through surfaces like attics, walls, ducts and roofing.
Insulation within (Walls, Floors & Attics)

Insulation within the walls, floors & attic is essential.

The better insulated the walls, floor & roof, means less energy that your heating and cooling systems use which in turn equals more money in your pocket. Because heat rises, insulation in your roof is the key component to keeping warm air inside during cold climates.

Air Leak Prevention

Walls that are insulated properly are still susceptible to letting warm or cool air escape due to the cracks and gaps surrounding windows and doors. Caulking and weather stripping are great mechanisms to stop air leaks and prevent high energy usage.

Duct Insulation

Leaking ducts in homes with central heating and air conditioning units may lower efficiency up to 20%.

Sealing and insulating these ducts ensure that the warm and cool air get to where it’s supposed to be as adequately as possible. Having good insulation is even more necessary when the duct travels through areas such as unfinished basements or attics.

Reflective Insulation

Most insulation physically blocks heat in order to reduce it, reflective insulation (radiant barriers) on the other hand is installed on the attic floor, where it takes radiated heat and reflects it by a hot roof. Therefore preventing it from getting into the living space below it. The main purpose of reflective insulation is to keep the home cool in hot climates, but it doesn’t hurt that is has value in lowering heating bills, thus saving the home user money.

Ventilating Porch Roof

Proper ventilation is essential for roofs over interior living spaces, but exterior porch roof ventilation benefits are equally important, just in a different aspect.

Should I Vent?

The main reason that vents are added to roofs is to decrease the heat and humidity that builds up.
Roof vents cool the spaces below it by allowing hot air to escape. Porches are usually open and unconditioned, so venting for that reason would be unnecessary; but porch roof vents are important in the fact that venting hot air from under the roof, will indeed increase the life of shingles a top the roof.

Ridge Vents

Ridge vents provide an escape route for rising warm air, by way of the underside of the rooftop. But a ridge vent alone is not enough to keep the underside of the roof cool.

Soffit Vents

The soffit is located on the underside of the porch roof. It is a horizontal covering which encloses space between the porch walls or can support the ends of roof rafters. The vents in the soffit help warm air rise and flow upward toward the rooftop peak.

These vents work in unison with ridge vents. They move air from the lowest point of the roof and help it escape at the peak.

Shed Vents

A porch shed roof can be more difficult to vent than a gable roof. The intersection of the roof and wall are liable to have water leaks. The vents that run along the intersection have seams and openings which water can enter and damage the roof wall.*discuss

Insulation For Garage Attics

Whether in the home or garage insulation is necessary to provide a thermal barrier between heated/cool interior spaces or unheated spaces. For example in an unfinished attic, they both are of equal importance

Cold Floors

Finding out the source of your cold floors will help you turn your home into the comfortable surrounding that you imagine, from top to bottom. If you are fighting cold floors, here are a few things to consider: Checking your insulation, checking the room below the floor, using carpeting, checking your doors and windows. (Cracks and openings)

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