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Easy Home Insulation Tips for the Do-it-Yourselfer

Insulation is important to lock in heating and cooling. There are a few different types of insulation that you can choose from and we’ll discuss them here. For better efficiency and lower costs, you need a way to keep the heating and cooling in to reduce energy consumption. We’ll discuss the common types such as rigid foam board, fiberglass, polyester and liquid foam.

Factors to Determine the Best Type of insulation

diy roof insulationWhere you live and the outdoor climate will influence which type is best for you. The right type of insulation can make your home more comfortable to live in when it’s insulated properly. If you’re not sure which one is best, you can speak to your local insulation installers. Make sure you are getting the right thickness installed in your home!

Fiberglass Home Insulation Tips

You’ll find that this type of insulation is available in batts or rolls and most commonly known as aerolite insulation. When you install them, they need to be place in the cavity of the wall or between the floor joists. You must be careful when you work with this type for safety reasons. To be safe, it’s important to where a dust mask so that the particles don’t affect your breathing abilities. You should also wear clothing that can protect and cover your skin. The advantage of fiberglass is that it has a high fire rating. The disadvantages of fiberglass is that it’s not easy to work with and it’s bad for you lungs if you breathe it in.

Polyester Home Insulation Tips

You will find that out of all the insulation types, this product is the most eco-friendly material of them all. Polyester insulation does not contain fiberglass or any chemicals that could be harmful to you. Another great advantage about polyester is that it is made from recycled plastic bottles that would otherwise be sent to dump sites. Plastic, as we all know, can take hundreds of years to break down on its own. So the fact that home insulation is now being made out of these recycled plastic bottles is great for our environment. Its killing two birds with one stone. You don’t need to wear any protective gear while working with any of the polyester insulation products.

Rigid Foam Home Insulation Tips

Also called foam boards, they are frequently used for home insulation since they resist water well.  This type is also used for exterior wall insulation as well as under the siding of a home. This type must fit snugly together to efficiently keep the energy inside your home. If it’s not tightly fitted, it may not serve the purpose well. The reason why it’s most commonly used is that the R-value is higher compared to other types of insulation.

Liquid Foam Home Insulation Tips

Liquid foam is sprayed on a wall in a thin layer and then left along to expand into the cavity of the wall. This process must be complete before you can apply or set anything over the insulation to cover it up. Once you apply it, you don’t have to do anything else such as moving it. It seals tightly and if you know what you’re doing, it’s fast and easy.

You can easily do insulation yourself but if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, you can call in a contractor that can do it for you.

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