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Insulation For An Efficient House

When putting together plans for a home, attention must be given to every detail. While your focus might be on making sure you have enough closet space or that your garage has enough space to include a small workshop for your hobbies, there is more you need to plan for than just what you can see. What you can’t see behind the walls is important as well. You need to plan for insulation. According to U.S. Department of Energy statistics, homeowners can cut their energy costs as much as 20% when their homes are properly insulated. Where you reside in the country plays a big part in what type and how much insulation you’ll need for your home. For instance, take a typical home design. If that home was built in Arizona, it is going to have different insulation needs than the same home built in Delaware because the climate in each place is unique to that particular environment.

With differences in house styles and plans, as well as the varying degrees of climate throughout the country, special attention needs to be paid to your choice of insulation for the house during the planning stages. There is no single option available to you. Knowing the differences and choosing the right one can save you money on your heating and cooling costs. Let’s first take a look at the considerations for choosing home insulation. Depending on where you live in the United States, you’ll have to consider the R value for your walls, floors, ceilings, basement and crawl spaces. The higher the R value, the better the material used as insulation can impede air from flowing through the walls or cavity the insulation is in.

Living in the desert heat of Arizona or a similar climate, you’ll need a high R value to keep the heat out of your house and keep cooling costs down in the summer months. Living in the mountains of Wyoming you’ll also want extra insulation with a high R value to keep the heat in your house in the winter. In milder climates, or where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate to the extremes, a lower R value can be used. Different types of roof designs can also change the amount of insulation needed for a home and will need to be planned for in the early design stages. For instance, if the home has an attic, thick batt insulation can be used to obtain the correct R value needed to reach building codes to heat or cool the house effectively. You don’t need to consider the thickness of the roofing studs because there is plenty of room for the insulation to sit in the attic space.