Insulation 101: Everything You Need to Know
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Insulation 101: Everything You Need to Know

It’s winter in Minnesota, and when the temperature drops, your home’s heating system is put to the test. If you’re spending more than you wish you were on your monthly heating costs or your home is drafty, it may be time to update your home’s insulation. When your home is underinsulated, your heater has to work extra hard to keep up, shortening its lifespan and adding to your energy costs.

At Budget Exteriors in Minnesota, we can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency with wall and attic insulation upgrades. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about insulation for your Twin Cities area home. Give us a call to discuss insulation upgrades and reduce your monthly heating bills.

Heat and Your Home

The key to understanding insulation’s role in your home is understanding how heat flow works. Heat moves in several different ways. With conduction, heat moves through walls, floors, and other materials. When heat rises, making the upper level and attic of your home warmer, this process is known as convection. The goal of insulation is to limit the flow of heat from your home’s interior to exterior, preventing heat loss and keeping your home warmer.

The invisible seal around your home that’s formed with high-performance insulation is sometimes referred to as a “thermal envelope.” Ideally, your home’s thermal envelope should keep heat inside your home, creating a more comfortable and consistent ambient temperature throughout the year.

The Role of R-Value

The term “R-value” is used to describe insulation’s level of thermal resistance. A higher R-value better prevents the flow of heat than insulation with a lower R-value. All insulation products in the United States are rated using R-value so consumers are able to make the most informed purchase possible. 

Types of insulation:

●        Attic Insulation: One of the biggest sources of heat loss is through a home’s attic. Attic transfers through the roof, melting snow and causing ice dams to form that can damage your roof. ProCat’s expanding fiberglass insulation is mildew and mold resistant and expands to fill cracks and holes, protecting your thermal envelope.

●        Wall Insulation: If your home is drafty or the temperature is inconsistent, our insulation installers can fill your walls with RetroFoam spray foam wall insulation. In addition to a reduction in energy costs, foam insulation makes homes quieter by reducing noise pollution from outside your walls.

Call Our Twin Cities Spray Foam Insulation Contractors

If you’re tired of bundling up inside your own home and you dread opening your heating bill each month, give us a call at Budget Exteriors. We offer a wide range of solutions to complete your home’s thermal envelope from insulation to efficient windows and doors. To connect with our Budget Exteriors roof insulation contractors, contact us at 952.887.1613 or connect with us online to get your free quote.

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