It’s official as of Dec. 21, it’s winter. For many, this season brings cold weather which can also mean higher heating costs. One way to stop overspending on your energy bill is by installing proper insulation.
One study has shown that nearly 90 percent of homes are under-insulated, which means your hard-earned money is leaking out of your house. According to the Energy Star program, homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces and accessible basement rim joists.
There are four main types of home insulation products on the market today: fiberglass insulation, mineral wool insulation, cellulose insulation and spray foam insulation. One way you can compare and contrast the performance of each is by their R-Values.
R-Values are a material’s way of resisting heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating power. How much insulation you need can depend on where you live. Below is a chart that shows the insulation R-Value and depth based on climates.
No matter your location, better insulation can help you save money on energy costs. To learn more about insulation with buying guides and How-tos, go to lowes.com and search Insulation.