We’ve been looking at various ways to weatherize your home. So far, we’ve seen how to seal air leaks with caulk, and weather-stripping. In the third and final section on weatherization, we’ll discuss insulation.

Insulation acts like a blanket to keep warm air inside your home during the winter, and warm air out during the summer. If you don’t have enough insulation, or it’s not installed properly, you could be wasting money on your heating and cooling bills. To see if your home has enough insulation, you can turn to the charts in your energy savers guide. To find out more about insulating your home, you can contact community action agency weatherization programs, utility companies, the state energy office, or building professionals. If you rent, talk to your landlord about the amount of insulation in your home or apartment.

Sometimes, even if you have enough insulation, it may have gaps that make it less effective. If possible, do an inspection of the insulation in your home, especially in your attic. Gaps usually occur around pipes and electrical wire, so pay close attention to those areas. Oftentimes, as air escapes, it leaves dirt on the insulation. If you see an area that looks dirty, it’s a good sign that you have a gap you need to fix. If necessary, take care of the gap with filler material, such as expanding foam, and then, cover it back up so the insulation fits together nicely.If you find a spot that needs some extra insulation, cut a piece to fit and slide it in without bunching it up. Bunched-up insulation isn’t very effective, so try to cut any fill pieces to be exactly the size you need. Also, as you’re adding insulation, be careful not to put it anywhere that could cause problems, such as over soffit vents or too close to a hot chimney. Also, some recessed lights, if covered with insulation, can get hot and cause an electrical short or fire. If you’re unsure about how to properly install your insulation, check with a professional.

If you find a spot that needs some extra insulation, cut a piece to fit and slide it in without bunching it up. Bunched-up insulation isn’t very effective, so try to cut any fill pieces to be exactly the size you need. Also, as you’re adding insulation, be careful not to put it anywhere that could cause problems, such as over soffit vents or too close to a hot chimney. Also, some recessed lights, if covered with insulation, can get hot and cause an electrical short or fire. If you’re unsure about how to properly install your insulation, check with a professional.Most homes have air leaks, but as we’ve seen, there are simple and inexpensive things you can do to keep your home comfortable. Homes can be sealed using low-cost caulk and weather-stripping, and insulation can be added or repaired to make your home more energy-efficient. With just a little effort, you can keep the weather out and the comfort in.

Most homes have air leaks, but as we’ve seen, there are simple and inexpensive things you can do to keep your home comfortable. Homes can be sealed using low-cost caulk and weather-stripping, and insulation can be added or repaired to make your home more energy-efficient. With just a little effort, you can keep the weather out and the comfort in.

 

 

Home Insulation And Saving On Home Energy Bills