The bitter cold is here in Michigan, which means energy costs are on the rise. When you don’t feel comfortable in your own home, due to cold walls, you turn up the thermostat. But this only treats the symptom, not the cause. Sure, your house might warm up a bit, but there’s still a massive amount of heat flowing out of your house and into the atmosphere. If you could avoid that heat loss, you could save money and improve the comfort level in your home.
Should I Insulate My Walls?
Yes, the Department of Energy recommends that states in colder climates (yes, Michigan qualifies) should insulate their walls after the attics, since the walls are the 2nd biggest source of heat loss in a home. For existing homes, they recommend blown-in insulation which is easy to install and doesn’t disturb the inside of the home. The best option is to add this insulation while replacing siding, although these projects do not need to go hand-in-hand.
The second benefit of blown-in foam insulation for exterior walls is the superior air and moisture barrier it provides. You will not get the same air and moisture barrier from loose fill or batt insulation in your walls.
Lastly, blown-in foam insulation stays where you put it, it doesn’t settle down your wall like loose fill or batts will. This means that you get great value for your investment – your foam wall insulation will perform at 100% for the rest of the time you own the home, and beyond! That’s a great deal.
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Do I Need to Move out to Insulate My Walls?
No, Pro has a great system for selecting discreet spots under your siding where you can blow in the amount of foam necessary and then seal it up, all from the outside. No contractors have to enter your home to get this work done.
Will it Save Money?
Yes, the act of insulating walls with blown-in foam insulation will reduce heating and cooling costs, leading to significant savings of hundreds of dollars per year or more! This means that the project will likely pay for itself many times over during the life of your home.