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Tightening up with Insulation Can Save

Fuel bills too high? Melted areas on a snowy roof? Air leaks in the walls? It may be time to consider the amount of insulation you have and need in .

Proper insulation protects your home from heat loss in the winter and heat entry in the summer. Your utility bills will be decreased as reduced air infiltration takes the strain off heating and cooling units. The energy cost savings may be up to 10 percent, depending on factors such as climate, house construction, efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, the fuel you use and the living habits of your family. Good insulation not only conserves energy, but also makes your home feel warmer (or cooler) and reduces noise.

The effectiveness of insulation depends on two major factors: the R-value of the insulation, and how and where the insulation is installed. R-value, the resistance to heat flow, is a rating given to all insulation products. The higher the number, the more effective the product. Calculation of the R-value is based on the thickness, density and type of material used. The right insulation system for your home will use a combination of products to insulate different areas including the attic, basement walls, cathedral ceilings, crawl spaces, exterior walls, floors, heating and cooling ducts, interior walls and windows.