It is important to understand the impact of insulation on your home’s ability to reflect or retain heat prior to enhancing the home insulation.
While the majority of the home insulation types are durable and last the entire lifespan of your house, others lose their R-value and degenerate as they age. As time goes by your house may seem a little colder than usual or require extra heating. These are obvious signs that your insulation is deteriorating and requires restoration or replacement.
Nonetheless, if you find the chill in your house a little too much to bear, then perhaps it is high time you found out where exactly your home is losing the precious heat. Cold bridges allow heat to seep through reducing the effectiveness of your home insulation.
Evaluating home insulation
There are various ways of evaluating your home insulation needs. None is more effective compared to the thermal images from the infrared camera. The images can help you find out how much heat is lost either through the roof or wall and the specific areas heat is lost the most.
You will get a good idea of what is required to properly restore your home insulation. Inspect the windows and doors to find out if there is any air seeping through. The drafts and major air leakages can have a negative impact on your home insulation.
There are different types of insulation with different installation techniques. The technique of installation depends on the section of the house.
- Installing Wall Insulation
You can fill the wall cavity using glass wool or foam using the blow-in method. The way to do it is to either drill tiny holes into the wall cavity, thrust a nozzle and spraying the foam or through the roof tiles and passing a hose to fill the wall cavity space from the top.
Installing batt-type insulation will require that you strip the plaster off the walls and replace it when finished. The advantage is that it allows you to assess the waterproofing as well as other repairs.
- Installing Ceiling Insulation
The ceiling space is easy to access and open which makes installing insulation less troublesome. You can inspect the space for any damages and dilapidation. According to the Suffolk County Long Island Tree Service you need to prune dangerously hanging trees that pose a danger to the roof and ceiling.
You can either use the blow-in method or batt insulation in the ceiling. Ensure the foil insulation is properly laid and there is sufficient clearance from hanging lights otherwise you risk electrocution. Follow the ceiling insulation regulations to prevent fires as a result of heat buildup especially around lighting fixtures.
- Installing underfloor Insulation
This could be challenging depending on the floor type. Floors with enough space underneath such as stump and joist floors are easy to install insulation compared to a slab. You can apply spray foam insulation or fit panels in between the joist spacing underneath the floors. For the slab floors carefully install foam boards or extra carpet underlays.
It is best to work with an expert to not only inspect but also install the proper home insulation. Enhancing home insulation should not interfere with the electrical work or affect water resistance. An expert will provide the professional installation with a warranty which boosts the validity of your insurance.