The quality and efficacy of the insulation in your house or office will affect your expenses on energy. Also, the comfort of your home in warm and cool weather will be affected, to a great extent, by the insulation. It is advisable to get the assistance of an expert when insulating your home. Below are guidelines on what to look out for to ensure that the insulation is perfect and cost-effective. These tips apply whether you opt to do it yourself or hire a professional contractor.
Fitting the Insulation Batts
Use of insulation batts is one of the most common and affordable ways of insulating your home. Batts are panels mainly made of mineral fiber or fiberglass. This insulator is suitable for the ceiling, floors, and walls.
Although insulation batts are not expensive, ensure they are fitted carefully. Fitting batts the wrong way will cost you a fortune. Do not be in a hurry to fit them. Also, don't get an unqualified contractor to fit the insulation for you. Leaving spaces in the insulation will reduce efficiency by up to 50 percent. Also, compressing the fiber will reduce the effectiveness of the insulation.
The ceiling is one of the areas where heat penetrates very easily. Ensure that as you insulate your house you don't forget the ceiling and attic. However, it is easy to block air vents accidentally, especially in the upper part of your house. Ensure that air vents are not blocked when insulating the house. Instead of assuming that your contractor is in the know, you can indicate where the ventilation system is to be on the safe side.
Other Critical Areas
Most people tend to avoid the garage door when insulating their homes. Also, hot water systems are easily ignored or left out. Do not leave out these areas. Save an extra coin and have your garage and hot water pipes insulated. The garage door should be insulated so as to regulate temperatures in the garage. This precaution helps in regulating overall energy consumption because a lot of heat can be lost or accumulated through the garage area.
Hot water system pipes should also be insulated to help prevent heat loss, especially during the cold season. If pipes are left exposed, heat will be lost through the pipes which will lead to consumption of more energy in heating and re-heating of water.
If temperatures in your house remain unregulated, more energy will be required to regulate them. Investing in a good house insulation will significantly reduce your energy costs.Share