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    How Much Does Insulation Cost?

    How much does insulation cost? The price you pay for insulation depends on a number of factors, including the type you choose, thickness, square footage of the area to be insulated, and more. Learn the average costs of insulating your home.

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    How to Insulate a Garage

    An insulated garage can keep your family comfortable, reduce energy costs, and so much more. Use this comprehensive guide to learn how to insulate your garage.

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    How Much Does Attic Insulation Cost?

    Attic insulation can help keep you comfortable year-round, lower your energy bills, and provide cleaner indoor air. Find out how much attic insulation costs and learn answers to common questions about this household essential.

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    The Most Popular Garage Insulation Types

    Different types of garage insulation all come with advantages. The best option for garage insulation often comes down to price and existing setup. Learn the different types of insulation for your garage and choose the right fit for your home.

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    What Type of Insulation Is Best for My Home?

    Not sure which insulation type to choose? We’re comparing common home insulation types that can help you save on energy costs, reduce noise, deter pests, fill in gaps, and more. From mineral wool to cellulose, learn what’s right for your home.

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    How Much Can Insulation Save You?

    Are you wondering how much insulation can save you? Installing insulation can trim off as much as 15% of your heating and cooling costs, but it depends on several factors. Here’s what you need to know to figure out your potential savings.

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    How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost?

    Spray foam insulation has a higher cost, but it’s packed with benefits to boot. The cost of spray foam insulation varies based on material prices, as well as the rates of labor in your area. We’ve rounded up a full cost breakdown here.

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    Carbon Footprint Reduction of Insulating Your Home

    Reduce the carbon footprint of your home by insulating it. This guide shows you how to save money and energy and help fight climate change with adequate home insulation that keeps you warm all winter and cool all summer.

  • Stay Warm and Save Money with Door Draft Stoppers

    How can you fight chills and reduce utility bills with an old pair of socks and kitty litter? Make your own door draft stoppers.

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    Winter Home Safety Preparation Tips

    Making sure that the outside of your home is prepared for the cold winter winds, snow accumulation, and ice buildup is important for every home owner.

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    Should I Insulate Plaster Walls?

    Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know if it’s a good idea to add insulation to walls if the interior is plaster and the exterior is brick.

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    4 Mistakes That Rookie HVAC Contractors Make

    Not all HVAC companies are the same. Why it's very important an experienced HVAC contractor to evaluate your home and heating and cooling equipment.

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    Good Bathroom Insulation Prevents Mold, Rot

    Curious about how to prevent mold in a bathroom? Dry, proper insulation is key. Here’s what you should know about insulating bathrooms to prevent mold and rot.

  • Water in sink

    5 Tips to Winterize Plumbing and Pipes

    A burst or frozen pipe can cause considerable water damage. Follow these steps to winterize your home plumbing and avoid an expensive holiday disaster.

  • Proper Insulation Can Keep Your Home Cool During Summer

    If you're not thinking about your insulation during summer, it could cost you. One highly rated provider explains how proper insulation can keep your home cool.

5 Questions as to Ask Your Insulation Pro

Big or small, your project is a significant investment. That’s why we recommend interviewing at least three qualified insulation professionals before making a hiring decision. Ask the following questions to determine whether a pro is the right fit for your project.

1. Will you inspect my water heater for corrosion?

This may seem unrelated, but corroded water heaters can sometimes leak flu gasses that contain carbon monoxide. Adding insulation and air sealant to a home with even a small gas leak can be dangerous. It’s best to work with a pro who is willing to give your water heater a quick once-over to ensure its exhaust pipes are in good shape.

Note: If you have the time, hire a plumber to inspect your water heater prior to your insulation project. This will save your insulation pro time and ensure your water heater is in great shape.

2. Will you address air leaks in home?

Sealing air leaks is a critical part of any insulation project. Worthwhile pros will stop unwanted air flow before they add insulation. Avoid working with a contractor who doesn’t provide this service. In many cases, addressing air leaks is equally as important as the insulation installation itself.

3. Can you provide a (heat resistance value) R-value fact sheet?

Most insulation manufacturers include a fact sheet that outlines the amount of insulation necessary for specific R-values. This information will help ensure your pro is installing the correct type and amount of material for your home. It’s best to avoid contractors who refuse to provide you with a fact sheet.

4. What kind of insulation will work best for my home?

Different needs will require different types of insulation. Working with a pro who is knowledgeable about the different types of insulation and their best uses will ensure a successful project. Avoid working with a pro who cannot provide recommendations.

5. How will you handle the sign of a water leak?

Leaks can pose a major problem to your new insulation, especially in attics. Be sure your pro will alert you to leaks and provide the necessary solution (which can sometimes be calling a roofing pro or plumber). Fixing a leak can delay your job and incur extra costs, but installing your new insulation over excess moisture can cause major problems later.

Bonus: Good insulation pros live by the motto, “If you’re not testing, you’re guessing.” Be sure your pro has the proper equipment to ensure your new insulation is doing its job.