by Eva Martinez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
Putting up home insulation is not that difficult although it looks very complicated for some. Therefore if you are new to the world of home insulation, these tips may be very helpful in making your planning easier.
• Before selecting the R-values for your home insulation, it would be best if you think of the various factors that are relevant to insulation such as the design of the building, the climate, and of course, your budget.
• When it comes to insulating the exterior walls, you can use the foam boards especially in walls and ceilings.
• Try to install vents so you could control the moisture inside your home and prevent you from paying a huge amount for your cooling bills during the hot season. Ventilation can be placed at the attic and at the ceiling cavity.
This would ensure that there will be an airflow that would make your home even more comfortable. At the same time, you will also have a home that is energy-efficient as well. However, it is not necessary to put ventilation at the attic if you already have installed an insulation at the underside of your roof. You can always ask for the help of a contractor on how and where to put ventilations in your home.
• Lighting fixtures that are buried or in low level is one of the main reasons of heat loss in a home. However, when putting an insulation near the lighting fixture, you must be very careful and see to it that the fixture has an IC mark. This means that it is alright for the fixture to have a contact with direct insulation.
• Always make sure that follow the steps in properly installing the insulation. Do not forget to wear safety gears during the process of installing it in your home.
On the other hand, if you want to save more money for a long time, it is advisable that you install an insulation system to your attic. Adding an insulation to the attic allows you to create a very comfortable temperature in your home regardless of the season. Not only that it is effective but very inexpensive at the same time.
If you want to know if your attic insulation is already sufficient, try to assess how thick the insulation is. If the material used has less than the value of R-30 (such as 8 inches cellulose or 11 inches rock wool) it would be best if you add more insulation.