by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
One of the most common questions that home owners ask about insulation is that how much is enough and how much do they really need? Of course, the structure varies from one home to another. If you want to know the right insulation recommendations that fit your home, you can take advantage of the Insulation Calculator of the DOE by simply visiting their website athttp://www.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome.html. More often than not, the recommendations from the said website are always cost-effective. This would depend on the information that you will give such as the weather conditions in your location, the costs of materials, and the local fuel as well.
New construction of home insulation for your new home
If you have a new home and you would like to have an insulation installed on it, you consider first the budget that you have to spend for the project. Of course, who would not want to have a low-cost insulation? You can actually save energy and money at the same time if you opt to install the insulative sheathing and a cavity insulation combination.
The latter is usually installed in walls measuring 2×4 inches (can reach up to R-15) and in walls measuring 2×6 inches (can reach up to R-21). On the other hand, the insulative sheathing will only be added to the cavity insulation. The insulative sheathing can help in reducing the amount of energy lost in the wooden frames of your home.
As of today, there are now different insulation products out in the market that can be the structural support and can provide insulation at the same time. New home owners may want to consider having this as part of their home construction if they want to save money and energy while occupying the place.
Some of these dual-purpose products include the Structural Insulated Panels or the SIP, the insulating masonry items, and more. It would also not hurt if you would make use of the old techniques in building your home such as making use of the straw bales.
Other than that, you may also want to consider getting a reflective insulation, and a foundation insulation as well. Those who are living in a year-round summer, radiant barriers can also be an option. Do not hesitate to ask your trusted contractor to know more about the various insulation options that you can add to your new home.