With the icy cold temperature and the freezing threat of winter on the way, we must bid farewell to warm and sunny days at the beach, taking long drives with the windows down, and outdoor barbeques. While very few of us may actually look forward to the inevitable chills and that famous Virginian snow fall, there are certain responsibilities that cannot be overlooked. Insulating your home is one such task, and it’ll only become a bigger chore the longer you put it off.
Bringing down the cost of your utility bills is easy when you consider what causes the gas and electric numbers to skyrocket as winter rolls in. One of the best ways to keep a little extra cash in your pocket during the frigid season is to make sure that heat isn’t escaping through unsealed cracks in your home. Even if you turn your heat up all the way, if the building you’re living in can’t retain the warmth you’ll never feel it. One of the best products to relieve this problem is polyurethane foam insulation, as it is flexible enough to be used in buildings of any age. Even better, the minimal cost that is incurred for purchasing the product is easily offset by the amount that will be saved.
Many existing homes were built during a time when proper insulation techniques weren’t up to today’s standards. Walls were not insulated as completely, and many holes were left unpatched, especially along the sill plate. This area is easily seen from the outdoor and is the point where the foundation meets the siding. Reducing heating loss at this juncture allows for immense savings on pricey utility bills and is the rational approach to home economics in Virginia.
The United States Department of Energy approximates that nearly 40 percent of a home’s heat gain or loss is a direct result of air flow through cracks in the exterior wall line. While many property owners realize the benefits of insulation with respect to their monthly bills, few understand waiting until it’s too late will only cost you more in the end. Home owners can’t begin to save money until there are no remaining cavities through which their heat – and money – escape.