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Building Science

Where to Insulate

Insulation is often discussed in terms of 'more is better'. Yet, in many areas of your home the type of insulation used and how it's installed is far more important for saving on energy bills, controlling moisture and adding comfort.

This home shows some of the areas that are important insulation considerations that don't always get the attention they deserve.

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Other areas to consider:

Foundation walls
Below concrete slabs
Crawlspaces
Open web rim joists
TGI truss systems
Bonus Rooms (floor above garage)
Exterior/ interior wall assemblies
Roof systems
Vaulted cathedral ceilings
Flat roof systems
Injection empty cavity fill
Gables
Window & door jams
Skylights
Attics

topics: Home Owners, Energy Efficiency, Education

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We have a ceramic floor above the garage and in the winter, the floor would often be 18 degrees colder than the room temperature. After removing the fiberglass and adding Icynene, the temperature difference is now less than 2 degrees, and we no longer have frozen pipes.
Todd & Jeri,