ABC’s of Insulating Your Home

Yesterday, Keith inspected a home in Hampden that is an early 1800’s home; the homeowners are concerned about inferior insulation. The homeowners are spending $600 a month to heat the home. That is a lot of money for a small home. Nothing is insulated on this home.
So, where to start? Keith explained to the homeowner about the ABC’s of insulating your home. First priority or the ‘A’ is always the attic, because that is where all the heat goes and leaks out. Second priority is the ‘B’ or basement, which is because the basement is where all the cold air is sucked in to replace the air above leaking out and the combustion furnace needs that new air to run. The last place to spend money on insulating and windows is the main floor, or the ‘C’ conditioned space. Why? Because that is the neutral plane of the pressure battle going on inside all homes. It is also where you get the least return on your money. So, if you’re on a budget tackle your attic and basement first to get the best return on your investment.

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