Based on the information available to us with just a few screen-taps, it can feel like just about any project can become a do-it-yourself project, as long as you are willing to browse a few online forums and watch a video or three.
However, there are some upgrades relating to your home performance that really should be left to the professionals. Here is why you should leave your insulation removal and installation to the pros.
The Pitfalls of DIY Insulation Projects
For the uninitiated homeowner looking to learn more about insulation, it could be easy to assume that you can just add new insulation on top of your old or existing insulation. Unfortunately, this can undermine the effectiveness of your new insulation material, and will not always rid your home of the indoor drafts and inconsistent temperatures caused by your outdated materials.
When you trust a professional insulation contractor like EnergySmart of Vermont with your home improvement project, we can identify if you have any harmful materials in your attic, basement or crawlspace, and existing walls (like vermiculite, which is known to contain asbestos). Once it is safe to move forward, our team can remove the old material so that you are left with a clean slate for installing insulation that is better suited to your home’s needs.
How Insulation Works & the Importance of Installation
Insulation plays an integral role in how comfortable your home is, all year round. Here in Vermont, that means keeping your home cool in the summer and nice and cozy in the winter. Insulation does this by significantly slowing down the transfer of heat between the materials that your home is constructed with. This is particularly important on the top and bottom of your home, where attic insulation and crawlspace insulation are most needed.
So why is it so important that a professional install your new insulation materials? Because expert installation requires a firm understanding of building science and overall home performance. At EnergySmart of Vermont, our team knows what it takes to make sure that the type of insulation we install in your home reaches all of the most important and problematic areas, and is installed to last as long as possible. Plus, we know exactly how much insulation your home will require to stay comfortable in Vermont’s climate zone, and whether or not insulating your rim joists will further benefit your home!
When you trust the pros with your insulation upgrade, you can expect a number of benefits:
Reduced energy usage and lower heating and cooling bills
Less wear and tear on your HVAC system
Stable indoor temperatures, and fewer drafts
An increase in your indoor air quality
Don’t Forget About Air Sealing!
Another reason it is going to be more beneficial to trust your interior and exterior insulation project with the pros is so that you can also get a proper air seal for your home. Air sealing the tiny holes, invisible cracks, and hidden gaps in your home will prevent any unwanted temperatures from bypassing your new insulation and infiltrating your living space. Even if you have some of the best materials available installed to perfection, it will not be nearly as beneficial if outside air is allowed to creep into your home in other ways!
Here in Vermont, there is no such thing as a “summer insulation” or a “winter insulation” — the proper material installed by a knowledgeable, Building Performance Institute certified contractor will keep your home comfortable all year round, prevent ice dams, and save you money!