Insulating an Existing Home: Why it Matters and How It’s Done

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Unless your home is fairly new, it could likely benefit from air sealing or additional insulation. If you’re plagued by high energy bills, ice dams, or moisture issues, then it’s almost certainly true.

RVI offers insulation services for existing homes and buildings. Read on to learn more about our process and how it can help you create a healthy, comfortable, more efficient home.

Why Insulate an Existing Home?

All homes in the Midwest are built with some form of insulation. However, the age of your home plays a big role in how well it was insulated during construction — the newer the home, the more likely it is to be well-insulated and air sealed.

Sufficient insulation plays a key role in the cost of operating a home. If your house lacks proper insulation in the exterior walls, attic, or basement, you will see high energy bills in the summer and winter. You could also face ice dams on your roof, moisture intrusion, and drafts.

By adding insulation or sealing areas of air loss, you could enjoy lower energy costs and a healthier, more efficient home.

What is the RVI Process for Insulating an Existing Home?

Determining the best ways to create efficiency in an existing home begins with identifying and understanding what the home needs. This is why we start the process with a Home Energy Assessment.

During the assessment, our team looks at the home’s current insulation, HVAC systems, and ventilation. We can identify problems including old equipment, air leaks, mold or moisture issues, insufficient insulation, and more.

Following our assessment, you will receive a comprehensive report containing recommendations for improving home comfort, lowering your energy costs, and boosting efficiency through insulation and air sealing.

Depending on the results of the assessment, our existing home insulation services may include:

  • Insulation removal
  • Air sealing
  • Installation of additional insulation
  • Ventilation improvements
  • Rim joist sealing and insulation
  • Post-improvement testing

RVI is proud to be a Focus on Energy trade ally, meaning home energy assessments performed by our team may qualify homeowners for financial incentives from Focus on Energy. Available incentives may cover assessment costs and provide funding for additional work.

Contact Us To Learn More About Existing Home Insulation Services in Rhinelander

When it comes to adding insulation to an existing home, our process is rooted in the latest building science best practices and supported by our dedicated team of professionals to deliver homes that operate at maximum home energy efficiency, realize annual energy cost savings, and keep residents comfortable year-round.

Our air sealing and insulation solutions solve common problems on existing homes like ice dams, moisture intrusion, drafts, and high heating bills. If you think your home has room for improvement, give us a call today!

Since inception in 2000, RVI has been a leader in innovative Air Sealing and Insulating Systems. A family, faith, customer, and community-focused business, RVI is owned and operated by Sam and Ashly Hartmann (pictured above with their children) in their hometown of Rhinelander, WI.


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