Insulating your home can be a challenge.

Avoid Making Home Insulation Mistakes

January 15th, 2017 by

Insulating your home can be a challenge.

If you've started to notice that your house is getting draftier in the winter, or if your heating system is struggling to maintain your chosen temperature, it may be time for an insulation replacement. Often, older homes do not contain insulation that is thick enough, and even an adequate amount of material can lose its effectiveness over time. Though insulation is supposed to last for decades, water damage and dust accumulation can help cause leaks.

You might be thinking of handling the task of an insulation upgrade on your own. Just be sure to follow these basic tips to avoid mistakes:

  • Choose the right kind of insulation. Fiberglass is common and affordable, but can irritate the skin and eyes if installed without protection. Spray foam is better at sealing leaks, but costs more and requires some knowledge of proper techniques. Cellulose can be treated to be fire retardant.
  • Be thorough. Even small gaps can significantly impact the effectiveness of your insulation. Pay close attention to the spaces around pipes, vents and light fixtures, which may need special care.
  • Don't ignore your attic. In some older homes, attic doors aren't insulated at all. This is a serious problem that demands attention. Without insulation and weather stripping, a great deal of heat will be able to escape from your home.

Don't be afraid to call a professional to help you handle this task. Insulation is important, and it's often better to pay for a job done right than to do sloppy work for free.

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