Life in an older home has some definite perks, especially in homes that were built mid-century or before. These stately beauties often offer much larger room sizes, with higher ceilings and larger windows, as well as real hallways, large pantries, and working fireplaces. But all these features and extra space can be costly, especially when the effect becomes visible in the form of higher heating and cooling bills when compared with those of a comparably-sized newly built home. Luckily, homeowners who love their older home can often get some relief from high heating and cooling costs through the use of modern insulation products.
Loss of loft matters
Many older homes have layers of yellow or pink fiberglass insulation with a paper backing placed in strategic areas, such as between the rafters in the home's attic. If this product was installed when the home was built or installed several years ago, it might have received some type of damage or undergone some settling that has caused it to lose some of its ability to trap air between the layers. This loss of loft makes it much less effective at preventing the loss of conditioned air from the home, resulting in steadily climbing heating and air conditioning costs.
Damaged areas to this insulation may have been flattened by human traffic, rodent activity, or by setting boxes or objects on top of the insulated areas without protecting it from crush damage. Other forms of damage include water or fire damage or insect infestations. Homeowners who find any type of damage may be able to see significant improvements in their heating and cooling costs by having this insulation replaced with a new, more efficient product, such as blown-in insulation.
Small losses add up
Another common insulation problem found in older homes is when there are cracks, openings, or areas of insufficient or no insulation due to the existence of corners or difficult to access areas throughout the home. Even a few cracks, holes, or leaky seams in an older home can create considerable drafts and air loss issues that can cause heating and cooling bills to reach uncomfortable levels.
In many cases, these areas were never insulated because available insulation products at that time were too bulky to be placed in these areas. Now, however, products such as spray foam insulation can be easily injected into these spaces, sealing off places where air loss has been a problem and helping to lower heating and cooling costs.
For even more help in using modern insulation products to help make your older home more comfortable and more affordable, contact your local reputable insulation contractors.