When most people think of insulation, they picture rolls of fiberglass on the attic floor. While insulating your attic is a very important aspect of insulating your home, the attic is not the only place that needs to be insulated in order to keep your heating and cooling bills in check. Here's a look at some of the other, often-neglected, aspects of insulating your home.

Insulated Doors And Windows

Various doors and windows have different insulating capacities. An old, single-pane window is a poor insulator; in other words, it allows heat to travel though it quite easily. A plain aluminum door is also a poor insulator, as aluminum is known for its capacity to transmit heat. If your heating bills are high and you can't figure out why, you may want to consider replacing your doors and windows. Better insulating options include:

  • Double or triple-pane glass windows. The layer of gas between the glass acts as an insulator, blocking heat transfer.
  • Wooden and vinyl doors without windows and with dense, insulating cores.
  • Casement windows that shut tightly with a hinge-crank system.

Insulation In The Walls

Is there insulation between the exterior and interior walls of your home, or is this area empty? If you have an older home, chances are there's little to no insulation in the walls unless someone added it after the fact. You have a few options here. You can have loose, cotton or fiberglass insulation blown in to fill the space. Or, you can have spray foam insulation, which starts as a liquid and expands into a dense foam, inserted through tiny holes in your walls. Loose blown-in insulation tends to be cheaper, but spray foam has a larger insulating capacity.

Insulation In Crevices Around Pipes And Cords

In many homes, there are crevices and spaces around the pipes and cords that come into the attic, basement, or even main floor walls. These crevices allow cold air to leak inside during the winter and warm air to leak inside during the summer. Luckily, sealing them up is a project you can tackle in the span of an afternoon. Purchase a can of spray foam sealer at the hardware store. Aim the nozzle at the hole, and spray this expandable foam into the crack or crevice. It will expand, filling the space to stop air leaks and keep your home better insulated.

A well-insulated home has more than just a layer of fiberglass batting in the attic. With well insulated doors, sealed crevices, and insulation in your walls, your home will stay more comfortable year-round. For more information, contact local professionals like Midwest Custom Coating.

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