Insulation for All Seasons: Preparing Your Home for Climate Change
Preparing your home for climate change is essential to ensure comfort, energy efficiency, and resilience in all seasons. In Wisconsin, we have gotten lucky with more mild winters and summers but we will soon see some of the impact of climate change in the midwest. Insulation plays a crucial role in maintaining stable indoor temperatures and reducing energy consumption. Keep this in mind as a Wisconsin homeowner when you’re thinking about lowering your energy costs!
Here are some insulation tips for all seasons:
- Assess Current Insulation: Begin by evaluating your home’s current insulation. Check the walls, attic, floors, and basement for any gaps, leaks, or insufficient insulation. An energy audit can help identify areas that need improvement. If you are unsure of where to look, please call us for an energy audit 888-743-8086.
- Choose the Right Insulation Material: Consider the climate in Wisconsin when choosing insulation materials that best suit your home’s needs. Common options include fiberglass, cellulose, spray foam, and mineral wool. Each material has its advantages, so research which one will work best for your home.
- Seal Air Leaks: Air leaks around doors, windows, and other openings can significantly impact indoor temperature control. Use weatherstripping, caulking, and door sweeps to seal gaps and prevent air leakage.
- Insulate the Attic: The attic is a crucial area for insulation as heat rises, and an uninsulated attic can lead to significant energy loss. Add insulation to the attic floor, and if you have a finished attic, insulate the walls as well.
- Insulate Walls: Insulating exterior walls can help maintain indoor temperatures and reduce heating and cooling needs. Depending on your home’s construction, you can opt for blown-in insulation, foam insulation, or insulated sheathing.
- Insulate the Basement and Crawlspace: Insulating the basement or crawlspace can prevent heat loss from the ground and prevent cold air from entering the house. Choose insulation that is resistant to moisture in these areas.
- Consider Windows and Doors: While not traditional insulation, upgrading to energy-efficient windows and doors can significantly improve your home’s insulation properties. At ARC Contracting, we install high-performance energy efficient replacement windows, Our experts can give you a quote for windows and insulation during the same appointment.
- Ventilate Properly: While insulation is essential for maintaining indoor temperatures, proper ventilation is also crucial for preventing moisture buildup and improving indoor air quality. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, and consider installing a whole-house ventilation system.