The reason why many home owners and those trying to purchase a home are exploring various options at energy efficient houses is because ‘going green’ is no longer a theory, but a reality and the way of life.
People are becoming more knowledgeable about the merits of recycling of materials and ‘green living’. They are considering various options to minimize electricity consumption, effect substantial savings on energy costs and make environment free from pollution not only for the present but also for future generations.
The fact that people of late are seeking to have a look at the energy bills of the homes they intend to buy is an indication of their awareness about energy efficient homes, especially the importance of insulation.
Proper insulation is very essential for an environmentally friendly home. Poor insulation is one of the major causes for in efficiencies in the utilization of energy due to leakages. According to a several surveys, inadequate insulation is currently the major concern in American homes.
One can easily check whether his house or office is fully insulated and the attic is the best place to start the visual inspection. If the wood beams are exposed, it indicates that attic is not adequately insulated.
The correct method to assess is to measure the effectiveness of the present insulation in the attic. The extent of insulation varies from region to region and depends on the climatic conditions of that particular place.
The first aspect one should therefore check is about the region where his house is located and that the attic in his home has the desired amount of insulation by searching on the internet or getting in touch with a professional insulation installer.
These norms are revised every year and therefore, a house categorized as highly energy efficient a decade ago may not even fulfill the present minimum requirements. If the home is not properly insulated, the easiest method to improve insulation is by ‘blowing insulation’.
The blower equipment are available in many home improvement stores. One can simply hire it and easily place blowing insulation on his own over the weekend. Adequate insulation will significantly reduce energy costs.
Another essential location where insulation problem may arise is ‘pull-down’ stairs that lead to the attic. As it is shifted from place to place, it is not possible to cover with insulation in that area. However, placing a cover on the stair case will restrict air circulation into and out of the attic and keeps the place warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
These sheets cover the gaps of the stair case and obstruct the moisture, air circulation, insects, dust and noise. Fixing covers is easy and there is no need for additional frame and moreover it does not cost much.
There are huge range of styles of covers with zippers and magnets that one can select depending on the quality and the price preferences. Those find it difficult to do the job on their own can avail the services of someone from the local home improvement stores or insulation companies.
These people can also provide the required materials for insulation keeping in mind the “go green” concept. Most of the power companies offer attractive discounts and credits through insulation companies.
An effective insulation will make the home a healthier and a comfortable place to live in with reduced energy costs, and at the same time protecting the ecology.
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