Prior to 2013 half of the exterior walls in my house had no wall insulation. Being a bit of a diyer I rented a cellulose fiber blown-insulation machine and soon was nice and cosy. It turned into a bigger job than I was comfortable with though since I didn’t wish to cut holes in the exterior siding – a lot of moving furniture and post event cleaning was required. Still I was quite pleased with myself and the results.
Insulating your home will save money for the majority of people – over time at least. Of course how much will depend on the present level of home Insulation that you already have. If you hardly have any insulation currently then you can potentially save a very worthwhile amount by adding it.
You can’t just go willy-nilly adding insulation however you feel like it. There are building codes that apply. There is a code that applies on the roofing system, dealing with the clearance to the roofing system and other vents. Normally the chimney vent wall insulation must protrude 2 feet higher than any vent or intake within ten feet of it. You can not have the chimney feeding carbon monoxide right back into your home through a fresh air intake or a cooling and heating home appliance. Don’t just take my word for it though.
Much like small changes in diet can make big improvements in health the same can be true of home improvements such as adding more insulation. Apparently in the average house around 20 percent of all heat loss is through poor ventilation and draughts so you can see already that quite a saving could be made by adopting a few easy draught proofing steps in your houses. It also is better for the environment (less energy being used).
Fiberglass is most typically found in old homes usually comes in big rolls or batts. This type is made up of minute particles of glass that are spun through a fibrous mat. Although it does not burn, if the heat gets too much, it can melt. It offers an R-value of 3.2 per inch. There different types of insulation out in the market, and one can work best for some homes, and some for other types of home. Everything depends on the structure and insulation needs of your home and what type of climate you generally have in your area.
Installing wall insulation is a task that an experienced do it yourselfer can take on – even a fairly inept one like me. As long as you utilize the appropriate safety equipment and follow the building regulations for your area then you should be able to successfully install insulation. You should end up with reduced energy costs for many years to come. It’s the sort of job that is possible to take on yourself, but do you really want the hassle? If you are not into learning your local building regulations then it may be best to leave it to a licensed contractor. It’s their job to know the code.