For most of the country, the waning weeks of November and approach of December can only mean one thing: Cold temperatures will come knocking very soon. “Cold” is of course a term that’s defined by those experiencing it, but temperatures inside your home dropping below 60 degrees is bound to be uncomfortable. According to state estimates, the average winter temperature across Virginia in January can range anywhere from 19 degrees in the northern regions of the state to a high of 48 degrees in the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore regions. If you ask us, neither of these two numbers are all that warm.
That’s why we’re happy to see The Virginian-Pilot newspaper recently taking time out to run through the different types of home insulation and how homeowners can decide which type is the right fit for the residence and unique situation. According to the Nov. 18, 2017 article, those in the position to have new insulation applied have an advantage over homeowners who don’t. That means new constructions, renovations or those without existing electrical and plumbing systems that could interfere with application should take time out to learn more about their options.
Per the article, foam sprays and paper-backed fiberglass insulations are some of the most convenient, effective and popular options currently on the market. Taking the foam route typically offers consumers two options: open and closed. Not only is closed-cell polyurethane spray proven to be the most effective at trapping heat inside, it also expands some 30 times its size after application and creates a dense barrier filled with inert gas-packed bubbles. The perks of an open-cell spray include sound insulation on top of applications to crawl spaces, attics and ceilings. As the newspaper puts it, open-cell polyurethane spray is “soft and lightweight and can be blown into the oddest-shaped and hardest-to-reach spaces.” The article goes on to address the other two popular insulation options – fiberglass and cotton batts – as “an effective and very economical choice.” The caveat here is that hard-to-reach spaces are best served through the aforementioned sprays but a trained insulation expert should be consulted when you’re making that decision.
No matter which route you choose, you’ll be saving untold amounts of money on utility bills. Think about it this way: A well-insulated home that doesn’t let expensive heat escape through unseen cracks is a structure that works for you. For those ready to find a skilled and local insulation company capable of sealing attics, crawlspaces and interior walls so that your home remains warm in the winter, you’ll be taking proactive measures sure to pay off in the end.