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Evaluating Insulation Projects
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Homeowners everywhere are trying to discover ways to lower their monthly energy bills. Families usually resort to making sure lights and appliances are turned off when they are not being used, and that the thermostat is not being abused. What they don't know is that an estimated 60% of energy is used by heating and cooling. By investing in insulation, you will save the amount of money needed to pay for the cost of installation and continue to save afterwards. Also, insulation will bring a greater sense of comfort to your home by trapping heat in the winter and cold air in the summer.

Poor insulation and air leakage are the top two reasons for energy waste. Even the newest of homes can benefit from insulation. Areas that require major insulation attention include attics, basement walls and ceilings, unheated floor spaces, exterior walls and...more

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Insulating Old Homes
Homeowners everywhere are trying to discover ways to lower their monthly energy bills. Families usually resort to making sure lights and appliances are turned off when they are not being used, and that the thermostat is not being abused. What they don't know is that an estimated

60% of energy is used by heating and cooling. By investing in insulation, homeowners can save the amount of money needed to pay for the cost of installation and continue to save afterwards. Also, insulation will bring a greater sense of comfort to a home by trapping heat in the winter and cold...more

Loose Fill Insulation
What is loose-fill insulation? Loose-fill insulation, also called "blown-in" insulation, is usually made from cellulose, fiberglass, or rock wool. It is generally used in new constructions and in older existing homes, typically in hard-to-reach areas. If properly installed, loose-fill

insulation can offer more complete cavity coverage than other forms of insulation, because the fibers can fill around wires, piping, and other obstacles. Special equipment is used to fill building cavities with the small fluffy particles in which loose-fill insulation is broken down into. Cellulose Loose-fill Insulation: Made from recycled wood fiber, primarily newspaper...more

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