10 Questions to Ask Your Insulation Contractor

confused-kidYou probably are not an insulation expert, so choosing what type of insulation, and what parts of your home to prioritize when insulating can easily become confusing. Proper insulation application will increase your homes energy efficiency; lowering your energy bills and increasing your home’s comfort for years to come. Don’t make a poor insulation decision by not asking the right questions.

Here is a list of 10 useful questions to ask your insulation contractor before making any decisions:

1. How well does the insulation control air leakage that can account for up to 50% of a home’s energy loss?
2. Can the insulation create an air barrier without the use of extra finishing materials (tape, gaskets, plastic wrap) and labor?
3. How quickly will the insulation pay for itself? Could the monthly savings outweigh the monthly cost of financing?
4. How well does the insulation reduce air leakage in hard-to-insulate areas such as rim joists, cathedral ceilings, crawlspaces, garages, etc without extra materials?
5. Can the insulation help reduce the size and cost of heating and cooling equipment?
6. Will the insulation minimize air infiltration to help keep out allergens, dust and other outdoor pollutants?
7. Will the insulation shift with the home as it settles and keep its R-value over time? (If gaps or seams exist in the material, R-value is sacrificed).
8. How well will the insulation dry out, if it gets wet (i.e. through a roof leak)? Will it keep its insulating properties through the wetting and drying process? Is it a food source for mold?
9. Does the insulation contribute to a “greener” home? Will it improve indoor air quality? How much will it reduce energy consumption? Will it reduce the need for finishing materials to lessen the environmental impact during construction?
10. Can the insulation help control sound (around plumbing, between rooms, street noise)?