How Can I Tell if My Walls Are Insulated?
For many homeowners, the issue of insulated walls may rarely arise - that is, until there are some problems with poor heating and/or air conditioning. The truth is, in an older home, most people don’t even know what’s behind their walls. So when it’s time to renovate, or undertake some type of home improvement, wall insulation should be integral to the planning. It’s simply a matter of identifying what’s inside the walls, and determining what to do about it.
It’s true that drilling small holes in a wall or checking entry points may reveal the type of existing insulation (even if there is any). But there’s much more to consider: like how much there is, how much coverage exists, and what the R-Value measures. That’s why it’s just simply better to get an expert into the house for a professional evaluation and assessment. It’s also the best way to plan for some retrofitting work and decide to resolve the issue once and for all.
Today, homeowners are very conscious about energy costs. In winter it’s gas for heating, and in summer it’s hydro for air conditioning. There’s no doubt, however, that a properly insulated home is going to be energy efficient and therefore save on energy costs. And while much focus is targeted at attics and basements, walls often get neglected (exterior and interior). In fact, most homes (even newer) don’t have adequate amounts of exterior wall insulation.
At Great Northern Insulation, a unique approach to wall insulation has brought excellent results. It’s a method of retrofitting and upgrading that uses an innovative “drill-and-fill” technique. This approach is effective, especially for exterior walls, where heat loss can be problematic. “Drill-and-fill” installs quality insulation with satisfactory R-Value, prevents unwanted airflow, and stops air leakage into and out of the home. The result: much improved energy efficiency.