It’s almost a guarantee that most older homes lack adequate insulation. Unfortunately, even with newer construction, there’s no promise that it will be insulated to its fullest potential.
Homeowners looking to reduce their energy bills and buffer sound can turn to insulation as a solution. However, deciding which of the energy-saving, cost-effective insulating options is appropriate for a house depends on several factors.
To choose the best option for insulation, you need to determine:
- Where the insulation is needed;
- The type of insulation you currently have (if applicable);
- The R-value (maximum thermal performance) and the thickness/depth in inches of the insulation you have.
For a quick, but comprehensive overview of the most widely available insulation materials, how they are installed, where they're typically installed, and their advantages, you’ll want to check out the chart on energy.gov.
If fiberglass or other insulating strips are your choice, then you won’t need too many supplies, just a few basic necessities like a staple gun, utility knife and protective safety gear.
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