January 22, 2018

man installing insulation in a St. Louis home

Insulation is a cost-effective and practical way to make your home energy efficient.

When considering the heating and cooling of your home, insulation is often thought of as a way of keeping the hot air in when the temperature dips, but it is also critical to trapping the cool air in when it heats up outside. If you are wondering if fiberglass – the old standby – is the way to go? It may or may not be. When it comes to insulation, fiberglass is usually the best option to keep your energy costs low and your HVAC system working efficiently.

Advantages of Fiberglass

There are many advantages to fiberglass, beyond the fact that it is both easy to install and relatively inexpensive when compared to the impact it can have on your monthly heating and cooling costs. The best part about fiberglass installation is that you can hire a professional to put in the installation. The other advantages of fiberglass insulation are numerous.

It Has a Decent R-Value

An R-Value is a measure of how well a material can insulate your home. It measures an insulation product’s ability to stand up to heat flow; the higher the value, the better it is for resisting heating and cooling. The R-value indicates how dense and thick a material is, and although fiberglass does not have an excellent rating, it is much less expensive than other insulation materials. It does have a higher R-Value than other materials like cotton, and for the price, it works effectively enough to compete with other alternatives.

It is All About the Location

Certain areas of the house require more insulation than others. Since attics are highly exposed to the outdoor elements, you will need thicker insulation to keep the warm air in and the cold air out, or vice-versa. You might want to consider another material for those places where the buffer needs to be the greatest. But when it comes to insulating the walls, fiberglass is a great choice and has the perfect R-Value to keep your home tepid during both the hot summer and cold winter months.

The Costs Can’t Be Beaten

The cost of fiberglass insulation is the best value for what it can do for your home, especially if you live in a region that doesn’t have an extreme cold or extreme hot. It also is a material that is easy to work with, so saving money by doing it yourself is well worth it and only adds to the savings.

If you want to keep the cold air in or out, fiberglass insulation is an excellent way to make your HVAC system work more efficiently and to cut back on your heating and cooling costs.

HVAC Energy Efficiency

If you have any questions regarding your home’s energy efficiency, contact Scott-Lee Heating Company. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality and most energy efficient heating, air conditioning and geothermal systems available.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to give us a call at (314) 200-0788 or complete our short online contact form.