Adding insulation to reduce heating and cooling bills


When we first moved into our house, it was quite obvious that there wasn’t any insulation in the walls.

During the winter, we could feel cold drafts coming in around windows, doors, baseboards and even electrical outlets.

The house is well over a hundred years old, and at that time, all of the walls and ceilings were the original plaster and lathe. Tearing them down was a huge, messy and labor-intensive project. For the sake of our budget and sanity, my husband and I decided to tackle the home improvements one room at a time. We started with the kitchen, because we knew it would be the most expensive area of the house. We tore the room down to the bare studs, which gave us the opportunity to run new wiring, new plumbing pipes and new ductwork. We also took the time to install plenty of insulation before putting up fresh drywall and adding kitchen cupboards, countertops and appliances. Because of our efforts the kitchen became the most enjoyable room in the home. With less energy waste and not hot or cold spots, the furnace and air conditioner no longer struggled to keep that area comfortable. We were anxious to get started in the next room. Every project we completed helped to reduce the workload of the heating and cooling system, increase comfort and lower our monthly utility bills. Along with adding insulation, new windows and doors, weatherstripping and caulk and ceiling fans have made a big difference. The furnace and air conditioner aren’t running for as long of cycles and yet our home is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.



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