How to Insulate Your Home Properly
Are you tired of losing heat through walls which are not insulated properly?
When we look at the costs of heating and cooling, a home effective insulation must be a priority since this will
increase your home's energy efficiency directly.
A home with little or no insulation will be colder, damper in rainy climates and subject to the effects of
excessive interior and exterior noise.
Obviously the choices are greater if you are constructing a new home but for the owner of an older house there
are many things that you can do right now.
To prevent loss of heat from your home, start with something as low cost and easy as checking for leaks around
doors and windows.
In older houses as they settle, doors will warp a little and window catches need repair so get this
underway before considering the more costly options.
Double glazing of windows is one of those costly choices to make for an existing home but up to 50% of your heat
loss from a room can be through windows, especially if they are extensive.
To make a house energy efficient, this is an excellent
start as it will make your home warmer, drier and quieter and add to the resale value immediately. Walls, both
exterior and interior, can be retrofitted with insulation foams and panels but this is not something to be
undertaken by amateurs. Seek professional assistance and guidance on what is suitable for each situation.
Manufacturers will also give assistance for where each type of material is to be used and advice on important
matters such as fire rating and ventilation. The advantage of insulating walls is not just in the savings to be
made in heating, but also reducing noise between rooms and from outside.
Ceilings and roofs are areas where most new properties will have insulation included as a requirement of the
building code, not just for retaining warmth but also as a fire retardant.
When you are retro fitting, ceiling lining paper and insulation panels can be installed by the home owner with
limited DIY skill levels which makes this an attractive option to saving heat loss or reducing the air-conditioning
bills in summer.
Floors, if they can be easily accessed, are simple to retrofit with special building papers and insulation
material. Loss of heat from old wooden floors and the drafts that occur can add substantially to the cost of
heating a home. Make sure that you install this insulation carefully as you don't want to have to crawl under the
floor too often to reaffix sagging paper!
Hot water heating and pipes that convey water throughout the home are a major potential for wasted energy. When
you consider that up to 30% of a household's utility bill can be for water heating, it makes good economic sense to
check that the water boiler is clad with effective insulation.
Check that your hot water pipes that have to convey water over more than a few feet are well lagged as well.
This is something that can be done by a home owner as well, further saving money.
When insulating a home look also for subsidies that may be available, your DIY supplier may be able to give
advice on this.
The process of installing insulation panels
at home may depend on your budget and skills but there is the benefit that most things you do will begin
paying back the investment immediately in the quality of life you enjoy.
The potential to save money and to reduce your home's dependence on non renewable energy are motivations as
Supplying electricity to your home is increasingly costly for the environment so insulation is an eco-friendly
action as well.
Did you know you could be using the power of the sun to help heat your home for free? Check out "My Solar Plans"
for how to get started: