17 Jan

3 Mistakes in Attic Insulation Installation

Whether you are doing insulation installation yourself or hiring a professional

Insulation is one of the most important things in your home. It helps your home stay warm or cool, depending on the season, and helps keep your electric bills low. However, like anything else, you have to be careful when getting insulation installed in your home to make sure that it is installed properly. Below are 3 mistakes that are commonly made when it comes to attic insulation installation.

  1. Existing Insulation Has Gaps

Insulation will stop heat flow. So, even when there’s a tiny space in between the floor of the attic and insulation, it can affect its ability to insulate. If you’re finding that there are gaps, fill these open areas and ensure the insulation’s completely contacting the floor of the attic. You may also be able to call the company who did your insulation installation so that they can come back and fix the mistakes they’ve made.

  1. Insulation Covers Eave Vents

Properly ventilating your attic helps with preventing condensation, mold and even damage to your home’s components. You want to be sure that insulation isn’t covering your eave vents. This can be done by installing some ready-made baffles in between your roof rafters. This is going to help with keeping your airstream open and preventing your loose fill from moving around.

  1. Improperly Sealed Knee Walls

A knee wall is a short half wall in your attic. If your attic is insulated, the opposite side of your knee wall usually isn’t. if your wall has cellulose or fiberglass insulation on the wall’s opposite side, you should cover it using something like drywall. You also should seal any penetrations in this wall just like you would with exterior walls.

Whether you are doing insulation installation yourself or hiring a professional, make sure that you are avoiding these mistakes. Avoiding these mistakes can help your home be more comfortable no matter the season.

26 Dec

3 Tips for Making Home Insulation More Effective

A really easy way to improve your home’s insulation

When the weather turns cold, one of the things you want to do is to give your home’s insulation all the help it can get. Below are three tips that you can use to help your home stay toasty warm this winter.

  1. Find Leaks

During windy or cold days, put the back of your hand around your window frames. This will help you feel for any leaks. Using incense stick smoke is also a good idea. Light the stick and then move it slowly around your windows’ frames to find drafts.

  1. Fix Your Leaks

If you’ve found any leaks, one of the easiest and cheapest was to fix it is to caulk it. Use the caulking and seal the leaky windows’ exterior perimeter. Then seal the cracks in between the wall and interior trim.

You can also buy heavier curtains and hang them in the winter to help with keeping the heat in.

  1. Sealing Doorways

A really easy way to improve your home’s insulation is to seal your exterior door. Below are two tips:

  • Use lengthy weather-stripping pieces to get rid of the gap in between your side jambs and door.
  • Put door sweeps at each exterior door. This will block the cold air from coming in under the doors.

These are three easy ways that you can help your home’s insulation work well and keep your home nice and warm this winter. They will also help your home to be a lot more energy efficient and keep your heating costs down. You may also want to call a professional insulation company to check your home for any problems regarding your insulation.