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Insulating an Older Home is Worth the Cost – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 17, 2014

Most people don’t get a chance to see a house during construction. If you do get a chance to see the process from the ground up, it’s a good experience. You see how much effort goes into compacting the soil and putting in underground plumbing before the concrete is placed, for example. And, using that example, you quickly see how a small mistake made at one phase can have a dramatic impact on some later phase.

Eventually you get to the point where the walls are insulated. Nowadays a building inspector will spend a lot of time looking for insulation problems and corrections. Foam insulation is required along the connection from the floor and between framing. Caulking or foam is required in all the wiring holes between the walls and the ceilings.

Of course, the walls need to be fully insulated and the ceilings or attics need to be completely insulated too. The requirements keep getting stricter and that’s a good thing in my experience.

Years ago, none of that was required. There was no wall insulation and there wasn’t even ceiling insulation. It was like living in a work shed with drywall on the walls and ceilings.

Insulation is very inexpensive compared to the long-term benefits. An un-insulated house will probably cost several hundred dollars a month to keep warm or cool these days.

One often thinks that the added expense and time involved in insulating might not be worth the trouble.

There are still lots of houses with little or no insulation and fixing that problem is pretty easy these days. There are also various funding sources.

The first step is to call an insulation company because they will be more familiar with the latest products, techniques and requirements.

Get options and get the highest insulation value you can reasonably afford. It will pay off later.

Also, have the old insulation completely removed. It’s a good opportunity to get rid of other stuff in your attic and to inspect wiring, plumbing, and air conditioning ducts.

For more information on insulating older homes, contact Custom Insulation.

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