As strange as it might sound, bubble wrap placed on windows can increase the R-value of your home, improving its ability to retain heat. What is R-Value? R-Value is simply a measure of the ability of insulation to resist heat moving through it. Depending on the climate where you live, the recommended R-Value of your home may change.
Although bubble wrap can increase the R-value of your home, in all seriousness, you probably aren’t going to be using bubble wrap for the bulk of your indoor insulation, especially if a clear view out of your windows and your home’s appearance matters.
If you want to decrease energy loss from your home, there are several types of home Insulation to consider. For instance, sprayed insulation can be added to existing finished areas to improve thermal resistance. If you have existing insulation in your older home, you may want to consider having it removed and replaced. Building materials have improved over time, and some older construction materials may lose efficiency.
What signs should you look for to know when your insulation needs replacing? Three major signs you can look for include:
- difficulty getting “the right” temperature in your home
- the presence of mold due to leaks, and
- damage due to pests or rodents
A visual inspection of your attic is another good way to determine if your home is adequately insulated. If the insulating material appears to be damaged, thin, falling, breaking down, or in other words “just doesn’t look right”, you may want to call for an expert opinion.
The benefits of improved insulation are many. For example, using less energy to heat and cool your home can lower your energy costs. In addition, using less energy means a more environmentally friendly and carbon-neutral home. Reducing drafts and moderating temperature can make your home more efficient and more comfortable in general.