With weak El Nino conditions likely to emerge this winter, Arizona could be in for a wet season, with above-normal snowfall predicted in northern parts of the state. These predictions are according to the 227th winter edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. If these predictions ring true, they can lead to an increase in heating demand and costs. Bundle up your home for winter by insulating four key areas and reduce potentially scary energy bills.
Bundle Up These 4 Key Areas
Heated air can move into the attic. From there, it can escape, potentially comprising your personal comfort and energy bills. One of the best methods for preventing heat loss is to ensure your attic is properly insulated. A good place to start is by measuring existing insulation levels and checking for any gaps.
If your garage is being used for alternative purposes, such as a home gym or man cave, then insulating the garage walls, ceiling, and door is a good idea. Insulating attached garages can also help increase comfort and savings as well as protect against noise.
In mountain states, like Arizona, 11% of new single-family homes started in 2013 have a crawl space. Crawl spaces are also evident on older homes. Insulating this space helps to preserve air quality, reduce energy costs, and improve occupant comfort. Rigid foam insulation is the one of the most effective materials for this project.
Areas Where Damaged Insulation Exists
Moisture and rodents can damage insulation. Insulation can also deteriorate or shift with age. The first step to replacing damaged insulation is to contact a contractor. They can advise you to the best options available. If rodents caused the damage, you may also want to consider controlling the problem before replacing the insulation.
Additional Energy Saving Tips
- Change HVAC filters monthly
- Seal drafts around windows and doors
- Hang thermal backed drapes or install insulating blinds
- Adjust the temperature on your water heater to 120˚F
- Use LED lights and décor when decorating your home for winter holidays
- Set the thermostat between 66˚F and 62˚F at night and while you’re away
How to Choose the Best Material?
There are several insulation types that can be used in these projects, including batt or blanket, blown-in and spray. Each product will differ in performance according to R-value. R-value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist the transfer of heat. Higher R-values generally yield better results. ENERGY STAR, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recommends home insulation R-values based on climate.
For more ways to bundle up your home for winter and save energy, contact Banker Insulation at (602) 273-1261. Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor. In business since 1977, we provide excellent services to residents and commercial clients throughout Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington.