Make Sure Your Massachusetts Home Is Set With Proper Insulation


Using the fall months to verify that your insulation is adequate for the upcoming winter will help you cut energy bills and avoid serious problems the cold can create. You can check the insulation levels in your home by checking the level in the attic, the walls and the basement ceiling, and adding more if it's necessary.



The Department of Energy recommends at least 13 inches of batt or blown-in insulation in the attic - and 16 inches for the most protection from heat transfer. As you inspect the attic, look in the corners and around the attic vents to find places where the insulating products are thinner and could cause heat to radiate into the attic and form ice dams on your roof after a snowfall.


The levels in your walls affect your home's comfort level, which you can check by taking off an electrical face plate and looking inside an exterior wall. For safety purposes, you should turn off the circuit breaker for that particular outlet.

Another way to check the walls is to ask an energy auditor or HVAC contractor who uses thermographic equipment to measure the thermal differences along your exterior walls. This equipment shows temperature differences as distinct colors. The easiest way to improve the insulating value of your walls is to use blown-in or expanding foam, both of which a contractor can do for you. Increasing it will help avoid frozen pipes during very cold weather.


If your basement ceiling joists are visible, you'll see any insulating materials. If not, you might be able to check them by removing a ceiling light fixture. Batt insulating rolls can be stapled to the joists and they come in varying widths to tuck tightly between the joists. If you do add it to the basement ceiling, you might insulate any exposed plumbing pipes, since the batts will block heat transfer from your first level to the basement.

If you'd like more information on increasing the insulation in your home, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We've provided outstanding HVAC services for the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

Image via

Nice people.

Great service.

Since 1928

Contact Rodenhiser

Read From Over 10000 Happy Customers

  • Both Alex and Patrick were knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. They made a change that might have solved the recent problem and have structured a more complete solution. We agreed to this...
    5 Stars rated.

  • Mike was thorough, thoughtful and considerate. Covered their shoes before entering, surveyed my issue and provided an explanation of the services and costs. Great Job!
    5 Stars rated.

  • Alex did a great job providing an explanation of the services provided and went out of his way to offer assistance/advice on other issues outside of our scheduled maintenance visit.
    5 Stars rated.

  • Brian did an excellent job inspecting our 18-year old boiler and replacing some of the accessory hardware that needed it, he also adjusted the outgoing hot water settings for our radiators and...
    5 Stars rated.

  • Rodenhiser is my one stop shop!!! They take care of my HVAC, electrical, and plumbing issues & are always helpful addressing any questions I may have about the systems in my house! Everyone...
    5 Stars rated.

  • Chris G. and Nick V. showed up bright and early at 8am to fix my water heater issue. They were on time, polite and were able to fix an issue that has been plaguing my house for a good year. They...
    5 Stars rated.

You Can Depend On Rodenhiser

Call Rodenhiser at

You Can Depend On Rodenhiser

Call Rodenhiser at 1-800-462-9710

When you are looking for plumbing, electrical, heating or air conditioning in the Route 495 / 128 area, you will be delighted that you called Massachusetts' trusted choice since 1928.

With a total dedication to professional workmanship and excellent service, discover why families and businesses continue to trust Rodenhiser after generations of service

Same Day Service
"Nice people... Great service"®

Trusted Plumbers

When you choose Rodenhiser your satisfaction is guaranteed—all the work will be completed to your satisfaction

Fast, On Time

Our teams are available for emergencies. At your location FAST.

HVAC Experts

Your new heating or air conditioning system will be installed on-time by our clearn, tidy, and polite technicians.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

It’s the ultimate assurance of the great service you receive when you call Rodenhiser.

Expert Electricians

Rodenhiser can help with all of your electrical needs, from electrical panels to standby generators.

Maintenance Plans

Avoid costly plumbing, heating, A/C and electrical problems and repairs by scheduling regular check-ups and service.

Special Financing with Rodenhiser

for Financing Through Wells Fargo

*With Approved Credit. Terms and Conditions Apply.