What is R-value?
The “R” in R-value stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the higher the level of resistance and the greater the insulating power. R-value requirements vary depending on climate and building type.
What R-values are recommended for homes in this area?
Are there any incentives available to insulate?
Yes! ENERGY STAR has all of the latest income tax credits available to homeowners who make certain energy-efficiency upgrades. The U.S. Department of Energy’s DSIRE database is also a helpful tool for homeowners who want to determine their eligibility for certain incentives. Additionally, check with your local utility suppliers to see if they offer rebates for certain insulation updates.
Can insulation help with noise control?
Airborne noises such as conversation, running appliances, electronic devices and household equipment carry and echo through walls, ceilings and floors. Good insulation can drastically reduce such atmospheric interference, leaving rooms much quieter.
According to ENERGY STAR, insulating your home can reduce the noise from outside, make it harder for pollen, dust and insects to enter your home, and allow for overall better humidity control. In addition to keeping the noise levels low, this will also improve the overall comfort of your home.