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A carefully considered insulation strategy that considers air sealing and ventilation can improve your home's energy efficiency, which reduces your utility bills. There are many kinds of insulation, and choosing the right one for a new home or remodeling project requires a carefully considered strategy. At a minimum, insulation is placed in the floor of an unfinished attic, in the exterior walls and in the wall between the garage and the living space.

Housewrap is a specially engineered fabric that blocks air and water infiltration from the outside, but allows moisture vapor to pass through from the inside. Its best to apply the housewrap before installing windows and doors. Adding insulation in an existing home saves money and improves comfort. Unless your home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can probably reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but even adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within a few years. To determine whether you should add insulation, you first need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where it is

A qualified home energy auditor will include an insulation check as a routine part of a whole-house energy assessment. An energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, will also help identify areas of your home that are in need of air sealing. (Before you insulate, you should make sure that your home is properly air sealed.).If you don't want an energy assessment, you need to find out the following for yourself: Where your home is, isn't, and/or should be insulated. What type of insulation you have. The R-value and the thickness or depth (inches) of the insulation you have. If you live in a newer house, you can probably get this information from the builder. If you live in an older house, you'll have to inspect the insulation. Contact the experts at Echo Shield Home Design by calling (224) 520 8106 or fill out the online form for a free inspection and estimate!

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