Insulation Maintenance Checklist
Insulation is a homeowner’s silent energy saver. Most homes built in the last few decades have built in insulation, and many homes past this point have had insulation installed due to its energy saving, and temperature regulating properties. However, in order for insulation to continue to give back to your home, it can require both at-home and professional maintenance. Learn more about how to keep your home’s insulation in good condition with insulation maintenance checklist.
When you work alongside the insulation specialists at Applegate Home Comfort you are given the tools to properly care for your home. We help homeowners identify what type of insulation they have in their home, determine if more insulation is needed or if insulation is needing replacement, and perform repair and recovery services to help your insulation continue to give back to homeowners. Learn more about types of insulation and its benefits, what to look for as a homeowner and when to call a professional.
Insulation Materials and Benefits
Insulation has become a commonly used method for not only regulating temperature throughout a home but also to save energy. Some of the key benefits to incorporating insulation into a home include dramatically reducing energy bills.
Additionally, insulation keeps hot air in during the winter, and out during the summer. This reduces the overall moisture in your home, better protecting against water damage, and the growth of mold and mildew. This is also a more sustainable option for your home, being more conscious of energy use and consumption.
Some of the most common types of insulators include:
- Blanket: commonly called batts and rolls and includes materials such as fiberglass, mineral wool, plastic fibers, and natural fibers
- Concrete block insulation: foam board that is usually placed on outside of wall, some are incorporated into the concrete mixture itself.
- Foam board/Rigid blocks: made with polystyrene, polyisocyanurate or polyurethane.
- Insulating concrete forms (ICF): foam boards or blocks.
- Loose-fill/Blown-in: cellulose, fiberglass and mineral wool are commonly used for this type of insulation.
- Reflective system: foil-faced kraft paper, plastic film, cardboard or polyethylene bubbles.
- Sprayed foma/Foam-in-place: typically uses cementitious, phenolic, polyisocyanurate or polyurethane.
These are some of the most common materials, and each type of insulation is used for a different area of purpose in the home. Working with a professional is the best way to find out which type of insulation you have in your home, or what type would be best to install.
Many of these materials are reusable, so it is always best to ask about using recycled products, or if replacing yours, ask how your current insulation can be properly disposed of.
Now that you have a better understanding of what materials make up your home’s insulation, and the benefits of home insulation, it is time to learn how to properly take care of that insulation to ensure it keeps giving back over time.
Use this insulation maintenance checklist to determine if your home needs an insulation up date, or a professional maintenance visit from Applegate Home Comfort.
- Determine what insulation you have- if you were not informed what type of insulation you had when purchasing the home, or did not choose insulation when you built it, it can be easy enough to determine. You can turn off the power at an outlet, remove outlet cover and check around the edges of the inside of the outlet for insulation. Pull a small sample out to determine what type is in your home.
- Check in multiple locations in your home- just as there are many types of insulation, there can be multiple kinds in your home.
- Measure thickness- just because your home is insulated does not mean it has enough Take a measurement of the thickness to determine is more is needed.
- Check for bare spots-make sure there are no bare spots for visible insulation in areas like your basement and attic.
- Check for mold-if your insulation is not working properly, or has suffered water damage, it can be a breeding ground
- Age- if you are aware of the date of installation it is a good idea to stay on top of the length of time it was been in your home as insulation can get old, and less effective.
If you have completed this at-home checklist and have any questions as to what you found, it may be a good idea to schedule a maintenance call from an insulation specialist.
If you have determined that your home does not have insulation, needs more insulation, or are concerned that your current insulation has mold or damage it may be time to call a professional.
When you work with an Applegate Home Comfort insulation specialists, you are giving the best back to your home. By allowing our professionals to perform a maintenance visit, and make needed changes, you are saving money through energy saving and protecting your home from health hazards that would result from leaving your insulation unattended.
Contact Applegate Home Comfort Today
If you are interested in scheduling a maintenance visit, want to learn more tips and tricks for maintaining your furnace system, or just want to speak to a professional contact us today!
You can also call our Okemos, MI office at 517.337.7700