Attics without insulation can increase your energy bill by 67 percent. Other problems that affect the energy efficiency of your home are air leaks, poor ductwork, and clogged filters, but what if the problem is moisture?
Moisture: A Common Problem Found in Insulation
Moisture occurs due to leaky pipes, high humidity, or groundwater seepage. It can develop in your basement, crawlspace, and even between walls, leading to mold and rot. Moisture could also damage insulation. But, how does it affect your insulation system exactly?
Moisture displaces air that is trapped in your insulation, affecting your system’s R-value or thermal performance; higher R-value means better insulation. Insulation helps regulate the temperature in your home. But when it retains water, the system can no longer fulfill its purpose, or worse, it may attract pests and cause mold buildup.
The impact of the moisture will depend on how much your system absorbs and how easily the insulation releases it. A good defense against this would be to install suitable insulation.
Keeping Water Away from Insulation
In Kansas City, a blown insulation system could work. Blow-in-Blanket System (BIBS) is the ideal insulation for many homes because it can handle drastic temperature changes. It also has vapor retarders that prevent moisture from seeping through the system. BIBS fits in small cavities, allowing it to offer better coverage.
This type of insulation does not just enhance thermal efficiency, keeping you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. It also controls the transmission of sound. It has no noxious odor or chemical smell because BIBS uses fiberglass insulation.
BIBS is also naturally fire resistant as well as environmentally friendly. There are other ways to keep excess water from compromising your home’s insulation, aside from installing BIBS.
A Moisture Control Strategy
Energy.gov explains that it only takes a short while for moisture transfer by air currents to happen. This can occur when your home has gaps or cracks, however tiny, and sealing them can prevent moisture.
You can also do the following:
- Keep untreated wood materials from soil contact.
- Ask your contractor to place protective membranes between walls because they reduce water absorption from the masonry foundation wall.
- Make sure your gutters connect to a drainage system that keeps water away from your home.
These, along with adequate insulation, can help keep your home moisture-free, energy efficient, and ultimately, comfortable all year round.
Whether you need new insulation or a replacement, A+ Insulation has the experience and the tools to improve indoor comfort.
Blow-in Insulation Installation by the Experts
Our team of professionals can install Blow-in-Blanket System in your home, as well as other types of insulation, including basement insulation, crawl space insulation, and underfloor insulation. Let us handle the installation job with ease while you relax and look forward to a better home.
Whether you need insulation in your attic, garage, or crawlspaces, our insulation professionals can do the job.
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