At Ryan Windows & Siding we are constantly looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient. With costs for heating and cooling your home always rising, today’s energy conservation and efficiency standards call for more insulation than what your home may currently have. If your house is one of the nearly 45 million in the U.S. that are under-insulated, you’re likely experiencing substantial heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. This means your heating and cooling systems are working overtime year-round and wasting your money!
Southern Minnesota’s Leading Insulation Contractor
As a leading Minnesota insulation and ventilation contractor we offer our services to a variety of cities and regions. We offer all our insulation services to the following Minnesota cities:
- Rochester MN
- Byron MN
- Apple Valley MN
- Dodge Center MN
- Faribault MN
- Northfield MN
- Minnetonka MN
- Owatonna MN
- Stewartville MN
- Zumbrota MN
- Burnsville MN
- Eagan MN
- Lakeville MN
- Pine Island MN
- Zumbro Falls MN
- Cannon Falls MN
- Plainview MN
- Red Wing MN
- And other southern Minnesota cities
Why You Should Insulate – The Benefits
Without adequate amounts of properly installed insulation, your home loses heat in the winter and gains heat in the summer. That can lead to higher energy bills and uncomfortable living conditions. Insulation, which helps to control heat flow in your home year-round, provides these benefits:
- Lower heating and cooling bills. Insulation protects your home with a thermal blanket that can help reduce costly energy loss. This helps you save on fuel bills during both the heating and cooling seasons.*
- Sound control. Noise in your home can be reduced by strategically installing insulation to help absorb sound.
- More comfortable living environment. A well-insulated home is a more comfortable home, room to room, floor to ceiling.
- Higher home resale value. By upgrading your home’s insulation to optimum levels for your geographic region, you can expect your home to increase in value at resale time.
- Conserves natural resources. If you increase the insulation in your home, you will decrease the amount of energy used to heat and cool it. That means fewer pollutants are released into the atmosphere. It also means fewer power plants are needed to produce energy to heat and cool your home – which helps conserve natural resources. For every BTU used to manufacture fiber glass insulation, on average 12 BTUs are saved per year.
Areas in your home to insulate
The following list refers to locations shown in the diagram above.
Attics – the most important area of a home to insulate. Ceilings with cold spaces above; this includes dormer ceilings.
Exterior walls – Sections that are sometimes overlooked are walls between living spaces and unheated garages or storage rooms, dormer walls, and the portions of walls above ceilings of adjacent lower sections of split-level homes.
Interior walls, ceilings and floors – where sound control is desired.
Band or header joists – the wall section between floor levels.
Floors over unheated or open spaces – such as garages and porches. Floors over unheated basements. The cantilevered portions of floors and under windows.
Floors above vented crawlspaces – Insulation may also be placed on crawlspace floors and walls.