Home Insulation "R" Values

Home Insulation "R" Values

The most important thing to be aware of with insulation, other than the safety issues of urea formaldehyde and asbestos, is the R value, or the insulating factor. The higher the number, the better the insulator.

Don't be shocked when the insulation in a 15 year old Bozeman home isn't near the R value of a brand new home being built in Belgrade. While there is no question you could save on heating bills by adding more insulation, sometimes it can take many, many years to recoup the costs. By discussing your home goals with your real estate agent, you can both determine whether adding insulation will be cost effective and beneficial.

Often, gas or power companies have financial assistance programs including low interest loans or even grants available if you boost your insulation. In addition, check your home heating system to make sure its performing. Talk to your home inspector about any upgrade recommendations before purchasing your next home. More on insulation is available here.

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