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Beyond The Attic: Other Places To Have Insulated

Ashley Hart

People are always talking about insulating their attics. And indeed, a well-insulated attic will help keep your energy bills under control while also protecting your roof. However, your attic is not the only space in your home that should be well insulated. It's also a good idea to have an insulation contractor check the following areas for insulation, and then add insulation to these areas as needed.

Wall Spaces

The wall spaces between the interior and exterior of your home should be insulated. In newer homes, insulation is always put in these spaces during the building process—such is generally required by code. However, many older homes were built without insulation in the walls. If this is the case with your home, your insulation contractor may recommend blown-in insulation, which can be blown into the walls through small openings. Spray foam insulation may also be an option, depending on your budget. 

Around Ducts

The ducts that carry your heated or air-conditioned air to the various rooms in your home should also be insulated. This reduces the amount of heat lost through the ducts, allowing more heat to be delivered to each room. An insulation contractor can easily insulate ducts by wrapping a special layer of insulation around them. This will help lower your energy bills and ensure a more evenly heated home. It may also help silence any dinging or tinging in the ducts.

Around Pipes in Exterior Walls

Any pipes that run up your exterior walls should also be insulated. If they are not insulated, they run the risk of freezing on a cold day, and once pipes freeze, they often burst. Depending on where the pipes are located and how accessible they are, your insulation contractor may need to coordinate with a plumber in order to apply insulation to the pipes. But even so, this is an important job to have done as it could prevent water damage due to a frozen, burst pipe.


Does your home have any crawlspaces in the basement area or even along one side? These crawlspaces really should be insulated to prevent drafts. A well-insulated crawlspace is a much better place to store items, and it's also less likely to experience fluctuations in humidity. Basic fiberglass batt insulation tends to work well here. 

Attic insulation is essential, but there are other areas that deserve insulation, too. Talk to an insulation contractor about insulating these parts of your home.


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