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May 22, 2017 by Snupit
Insulation

Insulation is an integral part of modern homes. As the world moves towards energy efficiency, proper home insulation can help people reduce their carbon footprint while at the same time reducing their utility bills.

However, if you live in an old home, it may not be properly insulated. By properly insulating your home, you can ensure the temperature remains within a comfortable range. Thanks to advancements in technology, you can save money and energy by investing in the right insulation tools and equipment.

Here are some tips you can follow:



The Million-Dollar Question: Do You Need Insulation?

Before you get started with home insulation, you need to determine if you actually need it or not. For instance, there may be some old insulation materials installed around the house, which might not be doing their job due to wear and tear.

If your house isn’t insulated, you have to find out the areas where the heat may be escaping, as those areas have to be insulated strongly. You will only be able to save money by insulating your home if you actually need it in the first place.


Removing the Old Insulation Material

As mentioned, old homes are unlikely to be properly insulated. Even if they are, there is a chance the material used is substandard and not suitable for enhancing the insulation of your home.

Therefore, before you actually get around to insulating your home, you need to remove the old insulation material. That being said, if the materials are in good condition and can get the job done, you can leave them there. This is where you can seek professional guidance.


Select the Right Type of Insulation Material

There are multiple types of insulation materials you can choose from. If you have to insulate tight spaces, you need to choose flexible material, such as loose fill and expanding spray. You can insulate each and every corner of your home using these materials. On the other hand, if you are looking for more durability and strength, you can opt for rigid boards or batts, which are made from fiberglass or wool.

Moreover, you need to determine how much insulation you need and purchase the materials accordingly. Your best bet is choosing materials that are made using eco-friendly practices. This way, you can further reduce your carbon footprint while insulating your home.


Insulating the Right Spots

Where you install insulation materials depends on where heat is escaping from your home. Therefore, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to insulating. You need to determine the right places to insulate your home depending on the aforementioned factors. Do keep in mind that your local laws might prohibit you from installing insulation in certain parts of the home, such as near electrical wiring. So, read the relevant guidelines before you get started.

You can reduce your energy consumption by up to 30% by properly insulating your home. The energy you save is reflected in lower bills every month, helping you save more money. For the most effective insulation, it is a good idea to contact the experts.

 

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