Things to Consider Before Installing Insulation

Insulation

Installing insulation can be a tedious task. There are many things which you need to consider before installation insulation. Few of them are:

  1. Make sure you choose the right type of insulation
    You’ve got various choices when it comes to insulation types, as insulation technology is always improving and advancing.  Some of the more popular options include fibreglass, blow-in cellulose and spray foam.However, certain types of insulation are better suited for different areas of the home, such as the attic, walls or floors.  Selecting an option without any product knowledge or based on personal taste can leave you disappointed, if you don’t save on energy bills because the insulation was ineffective.  If you want to make your home more energy-efficient by adding insulation, learn more about popular residential products.
  2. Make sure you learn about the safety precautions for insulation
    Insulation contractors know that handling insulation without protection may cause itching or hives.  But were you aware that fibreglass insulation contains recycled glass and metal particles that can be harmful to your skin?  Protective eye gear should also be worn, because if these particles get into your eyes, blindness could occur.  If proper precautions are not taken, inhaling the fumes that insulation can emit, may harm your lungs.
  1. Do not remove the vapour barrier from the insulationThe backing on fibreglass insulation is known as the vapour barrier and is there to route moisture throughout the home.  Removing the backing (vapour barrier) is a serious mistake.  To prevent mould and rot from developing, install the backing facing the interior of your home.
  2. When installing insulation, be aware of fire hazardsExperienced professionals know how to install insulation and they are aware of fire hazards that can result from improper installation.  Some fire hazards occur when insulation is being placed directly on recessed lighting fixtures, placed too close to water heaters, or when wiring has been wrapped in the insulation.  Also, blow-in insulation has the ability to move and this must be taken into consideration during the installation.  Consider whether your home has enough insulation.  High heating and cooling bills could mean that your insulation is inadequate, so get the amount of insulation in your attic or crawl space, checked by a professional.
  3. When installing insulation, do not ignore gapsMoisture can infiltrate the area if there are gaps in the insulation installation, which can then compromise the ability of your insulation to work properly and efficiently.
  4. Make sure you don’t have too much insulationInsulation can dictate your home’s air temperature.  Instead of allowing the air to pass through the walls and filter to the outdoors, it should keep the air trapped inside the home.  If your insulation is packed too tightly, the amount of air that can be trapped is minimised and the insulation becomes ineffective and inefficient.