If you are remodeling your home, you want to make sure that you properly insulate the walls. Adding insulation to wooden frame buildings is a great way to increase the energy efficiency of your entire home. This article will discuss insulation R-values and the difference between fiberglass and spray-in foam insulation.
Understanding Insulation R-Values
Understanding the R-values of insulation is vital if you want to make your property as efficient as possible. R-values range from R25-R60. The recommended value is determined by which climate zone you live in. The USDA has divided the United States into seven different climate zones. The zone numbers depend on the temperature and range from 1 to 7, with 7 being the coldest and one being the warmest. For example, if you live in zone 5, which is comprised of states like Nevada, Illinois and Ohio, you will want insulation between 30 and 60. Energy Star gives recommendations for different levels and areas of your home. You will usually want to install thicker insulation in your attic. Of course, it would also depend on how much insulation is already in your walls.
Spray-In Foam vs. Fiberglass Insulation
If you are trying to add more insulation to your existing wood frame home, it will be much easier if you use spray-in foam insulation. This is the easiest to install without having to tear out your drywall. If you are need to tear down your drywall anyways, it will be much easier and more efficient if you install fiberglass insulation. However, if you're trying to preserve your existing walls, you should invest in foam insulation.
To add foam insulation you simply need to drill a hole in the wall that is large enough for the foam hose to fit in. You will need a stud finder so you can determine where the vertical studs are. Then, you will need to drill a hole and spray the foam in between each stud. The most tedious step will be patching the hole and repainting the walls. If your drywall is removed from the frame of your building, it is very easy to add the fiberglass insulation. Be sure to buy insulation that is pre-cut to 16" because this is the standard with between studs.
By properly insulating your home, you can instantly start to see the positive results. Your home will stay warmer and you will not need to be so reliant on your furnace or other heating devices. Talk to experts like Kirkland's Pest Control for more information.