How to Insulate Your Florida Home for Energy Efficiency

How to Insulate Your Florida Home for Energy Efficiency

If your Florida home lacks the proper insulation, you are more likely to have to contend with heat and humidity problems. Keep your home properly protected from the elements by adding insulation in key areas throughout your home.

Adding Insulation

The first step in the decision to add insulation in your home is to carefully assess your current needs. You should enlist the services of a qualified professional who is trained to identify areas in your home where energy is being wasted. It is likely that there are areas that don’t have insulation that will need insulation, or there are areas that could benefit from added insulation.

Pinpoint Areas for Improvement

Your attic is one of the most common areas contributing to heat loss and energy waste in your home. Generally, insulation is added to attics, basements, and walls. You may be surprised at the impact of insulating an area like your garage. If you have a room above your garage, heat will naturally rise into that space. Add insulation to the ceiling in your garage to minimize this effect. Your contractor will be able to determine what type as well as the amount of insulation needed.

Insulate Properly

Each area of the home requires its own insulation strategy. In the attic, you can quickly roll out insulation for a quick home improvement project. Blow-in insulation is the best option for existing walls. The effectiveness of any particular type of insulation is demonstrated by its R-Value or its ability to reduce heat transfer. Particular types of insulation will suit different areas in your home based on the R-Value and suitability. Some types of insulation, such as blown-in insulation are better for awkward spaces.

Remember Ducts and Pipes

As you address home insulation, it is important to consider your ducts and hot water pipes, as well. You can insulate your air ducts easily by wrapping insulation around them to prevent heat loss or heat gain depending on the season. The same is true of hot water pipes. Both measures will prevent energy loss.

For additional recommendations on improving energy efficiency and maintaining your HVAC system, contact United Air at 727-531-0496.

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