Congratulations to Leo Smith of Fort Mill. Smith’s question: “How much insulation do you need in your ceiling to get effective insulation protection?” was selected to be answered this month, and he received $25.
Answer: Answer: The minimum requirement for ceiling insulation is R-30, but the recommendation is R-38-49. Proper insulation can cut energy costs by as much as half! Also, consider insulating outside walls, attics, spaces between floors, around heating ducts and pipes that are exposed to the elements. Insulate nooks and crannies such as wall outlets, gaps in siding and around the foundation and holes around pipes, ducts and exhaust fans.
To enter the monthly contest, submit your question by emailing it to or by mailing it to YEC, P.O. Box 150, York, SC 29745—Attention: SCL Q & A. The deadline for receiving questions is the first of the month, but questions that come in after the deadline will be considered for the following month.
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