Insulation is key to a comfortable home. Not only does insulation provide comfortable living conditions, but it also offers other benefits as well. In this article, we will explore those benefits, what an appropriate amount of insulation should be for a home in the Washington DC area, and what the R-value means regarding insulation. We have quite a bit to unpack!
Let’s start with what R-value means. R-value refers to how much resistance the insulation has to heat flow. Basically, the higher the R-value, the more resistance and the better the material is at insulating a home. Typically, a floor has an R-value of 25 to 30, and an attic area has quite a bit more, typically between 45 and 60. According to the Department of Energy, 90% of the homes in the United States are under-insulated, so it is wise to double-check the amount of insulation in your home for the proper amount.
Washington DC is in Climate Zone 4, according to the Department of Energy, which means that the proper amount of insulation for the home is as follows:
- Attic: R-60
- 2×4 Walls: R-13
- Continuous Insulation on Exterior: R-10
If you are unsure if you have enough insulation in your attic, it would be wise to speak with AWS Restorations for an inspection. We have been servicing the area with honest inspections and sound advice for over 32 years. Our highly trained team is here to serve you without pressure or sneaky sales tactics. Some of our professional roofing services in Washington DC include residential roof repairs and replacements, commercial roof repairs and replacements, window and gutter installations, as well as siding services.
What are some benefits of adding insulation to your home?
Insulation helps your home stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A homeowner won’t have to worry about any discomfort with interior temperature when there is enough insulation installed. The temperature can remain more stable year-round.
Energy Cost Savings
Adding insulation can assist with your HVAC system running less and, therefore, saving you money each month on your energy bills.
Increasing the amount of insulation in your attic may help keep the excess noise outside. The children playing in the neighbor’s yards, dogs barking at the mail carriers and the business of traffic may be minimized as you enjoy the peacefulness in your home.
Are you planning to sell your home in the next few years? According to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Reports, increasing insulation in a home can offer a return on investment of nearly 90%! Other reports declare nearly 107% ROI! That is an amazing value! Not only are you saving money on your energy bills while living in a comfortable home, but upon selling, that investment is returned!
Secondly, a buyer will love knowing the savings they will have with monthly energy bills. So, increasing insulation becomes an excellent selling point.
When the time comes to consider increasing the R-value of your home’s insulation, call AWS Restorations Insulation Company for guidance. Secure the comfort of your home with the proper amount of insulation which can decrease monthly energy bills, and increase peace of mind. Call today and schedule a free inspection!