Have you noticed your electric bill slowly but steadily going up? Maybe your house is a little on the older side? Then there are 2 things that you need to look into to help retain not only your money for your heated or cooled air. First is to look into your windows. Make sure they are still fitting correctly as well as how old they are. The other is checking your insulation. It may have settled unevenly or just needs some added to it. Insulation is what keeps our house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Let us at Carolina Services fill you in on our 5 techniques on how to install insulation to keep your home in top shape.
The first thing to consider when it comes to how to install insulation is where in your house you will be working. Make sure it is open and accessible to you and assess your own construction skill level before starting a project like this. As with any project, make sure you have all of your tools and equipment beforehand. When it comes to insulation, you have to make sure you dress the part. Insulation can irritate the skin and lungs so dress in pants, long sleeves, gloves, proper shoes and a mask.
The first technique in installing insulation is making sure your batts are the right width and length. As with anything it is always better to have more. Not all spaces between studs is even so make sure you go stud by stud. For width, make sure the batts fit the widest space in-between the studs. The same goes for length. When you have figured it out, cut off the excess.
Secondly is how to insulate when you have obstructions. When it comes to wires, it is also best to insulate the wire. To do this, pull the insulation in half length-wise and put the back half behind the wire and the other half in front of it. For pipes, however, put the whole batt, or as much as you can, behind the pipe to prevent freezing. Lastly, if you run into an electrical outlet box, install the batt normally and use a knife to cut a notch in the edge by using the box as a guide.
The third technique is making sure you have a vapor retarder. These are encouraged because when it is cold outside, condensation can form and can breed mold which is never a good thing. If you choose insulation batts that are sided with paper or foil then you will not need to do anything else. If not, you will need to cover one side with 6-mil plastic or MemBrain.
Another technique to consider is how much insulation you will actually need in a stud space. It is always best to fill it to the absolute brim but before you you close up the space, fluff out each batt like you would a pillow. This ensures that each batt will completely fill up the space. The more compressed the batt is, the worse it does in actually insulating your home.
Lastly, make sure you know your R-value when it comes to insulation. The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance. The higher the number, the better the insulation will be effective. However, another thing to consider with this is where you live. For some areas, you will not need a high R-value but in colder climates, you will need a much higher R-value. There are plenty of maps that show areas and what R-value your area would need.
Please contact our experienced professionals at Carolina Services to help you with all of your insulation needs. We cover anything from residential to commercial spaces and can help plan out everything you will need to show you how to install insulation.
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