Top 5 Wisconsin Home Insulation Mistakes
Properly insulating your home is one of the most efficient ways to lower your energy costs. The average U.S. household can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs simply by properly sealing and insulating their home. That’s why it’s important to select an insulation contractor that knows the ins and outs of how to best install home insulation. Some of the most common
mistakes found in Wisconsin insulation projects include:
Forgetting to Air Seal
Insulation acts as a barrier designed to slow the rate at which heat enters or exits the home. However, it’s not intended to stop air movement completely. That unchecked air between unconditioned and conditioned spaces can undo all the hard work that goes into installing insulation. Ensuring that areas around windows and doors are sealed off is essential. This is also true for unfinished attics that have penetrations from electrical wires, bathroom fans, and lights.
Obstructing Air Flow
Sealing up air flow from inside the house is important when insulating an unfinished attic but another common mistake is obstructing the airflow intended for roof ventilation. Many Wisconsin homes have soffit or wall vents designed to allow air to enter the attic and pass out through the vents on the roof. This airflow prevents humidity issues in the attic and can even lengthen the life of a roof. However, these vents can easily be overlooked and become blocked by an amateur insulation installer.
Using Spray Foam Around Recessed Ceiling Canister Lights
Having these types of lights in your home is a prime area for heat loss if they’re installed on the underside of your roof, but if you use too much spray foam insulation around the top of ceiling light boxes they can treat heat and increase the risk of fire. A qualified installer would understand these risks and take necessary precautions.
Utilizing Expired Spray Foam
Many DIY insulation contractors will purchase the cheapest spray foam they can find to begin their insulation installation. However, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting a fresh batch by checking the “Best by” date on the bottom of a can or by turning to a professional insulation installer who will always use high-quality materials.
Lastly, the most common mistake made is not being thorough enough. An insulation job that leaves gaps and holes is better than nothing but it won’t come close to the energy efficiency increase you can see from a properly done job.
Keeney Home Services Offers Professional Attic Insulation Services for Local Homeowners
If you’re looking for the best local home improvement contractor for attic insulation services at your home, look no further than the experts at Keeney Home Services. We are an authorized franchisee of the nationally renowned Dr. Energy Saver network. Since 2009, our knowledgeable team members have utilized quality products to deliver the optimum experience for your home.
If you think your home needs attic insulation to enhance the energy efficiency of your home, contact Keeney Home Services today. We will happily schedule an on-site consultation and the free cost estimate at your convenience.