Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.

Air sealing can sometimes be done by a competent do-it-yourself-er, but insulation is trickier. It generally has to be done by a contractor, and for the most part can only be installed by getting inside walls that are now closed up. And unlike air sealing flaws, which you can often see just by scanning your basement walls, the quality of insulation in your house is, for the most part, difficult to assess. (Thankfully, the attic, which is the most critical spot for insulation, is the easiest to access).

This is an important point, because even if all insulation is created equal (a separate discussion), that doesn't necessarily mean that all insulation is equally well installed - which, in this case, may be just as important. Insulation only works when it's installed to specifications, and when it's in good shape. So even if there is insulation in your walls, even if you've seen it or paid for it or been told by your real estate agent that it's there, it may be sleeping on the job.

The best way to assess the quality of otherwise "invisible" insulation is a home energy audit from a qualified home energy auditor with an infrared scanner, which will reveal where there are problems with your insulation.

Another reason why a home energy audit is really a problem-solving exercise. After you have it done, you'll know where the issues are. Without it, your home might just remain an unsolved mystery... The Case of the Cold House and the Disappearing Dollars.


I think setting our

I think setting our thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer is better to reduce energy.


Protection implies keeping two things segregated. like water in a glass.. water in the glass doesn't have contact with some other parts.. so it is protected.. until and unless u give a way to it remains their exclusive, for instance, while drinking that water u make a route for that water in your mouth so it passes by that way.

did not even think about it

did not even think about it earlier, thanks for such an informative post, it's really a great idea to limit the possibility of warm air to leave the house

Wow, it's very good news! I

Wow, it's very good news! I agree 100%. I'll try next month these tips and I hope something will change!

Good News!

Thank you for the article! This is very good news! I have a very cold house, I hope your advice will help me to make the house more comfortable!

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