Insulation is one of the most important factors when it comes to making your home more energy efficient. Without sufficient insulation, or the wrong kind, you can bet that your home will leak energy and cost you money. Yet, upgrading your insulation is a common and necessary part of home renovation. Also, with the environment the way it is today, the government is ready to give out home energy tax credits to those homeowners willing to take the leap and re-insulate their homes. Not only that, but your home will feel much more comfortable with better insulation. Here are five insulation upgrade tips for homeowners.
- To save money and time, you might want to think about alternative methods to reinsulate your home. For instance, the most typical material to reinsulate your home with is fiberglass, but you can easily use an insulation with a higher R-value or a thicker material like foam, or rolls and batts, to get more coverage without having to purchase more insulation. This can be especially important if you have a lot of wall coverage and a very limited budget. The last thing you want to do is run out of insulation.
- Before you reinsulate, make sure to have a solid plan. Without a solid plan, you can bet that you will find yourself making a lot of mistakes. For instance, you want to know exactly what climate sector your home fits into, so that you can have the right R-value for the insulation you use. The last thing you want is to purchase the wrong R-value only because it was cheaper and then realize during the winter that no amount of blasting your heater can keep you warm. Not only that, but also blasting your heater and not having sufficient insulation can cost you a serious amount of money.
- Avoid fire hazards by always keeping a distance between insulation and electrical wires and light fixtures. Insulation can be incredibly flammable, so you don’t want to risk placing insulation over a light fixture and causing a fire. So, before you reinsulate, make sure that you have a rough blueprint of where all of your light fixtures are. The last thing you want is a fire to breakout after you upgrade your insulation.
- Always wear protective gear. This includes goggles, thick gloves and a facemask. Some insulation, specifically fiberglass, can be toxic if breathed in or touched with bare skin. The last thing you want is to breath in the tiny bits and pieces of fiberglass and you also don’t want severe skin irritation. If you want to further protect yourself, it is recommended to wear a disposable jumpsuit – because you just never know what can happen.
- Go up a few points on the R-value. Going a few points above the recommended R-value for your region won’t hurt. All it will do is provide more insulation. If you live in a particularly cold region, you might even benefit from more insulation. When it comes down to it, the more insulation you have, the more comfortable you will be and the more energy you will save.