Insulation Tips from Capitol Machine

September 12, 2016

Insulation tips can help if you have an older home, keeping warm during the winter can be tricky. Homes that were built prior to 1940 were rarely insulated, and if by chance they were, the insulation products that were used have most probably settled or deteriorated by now. Without insulation, the heat will escape allowing the cold air to come in.

How to Decide

One of the first insulation tips you need is to determine is if you actually have insulation. All you have to do is check out the attic. If you don’t have one, there will normally be loose fill or exposed batts in between your ceiling joists. Exterior walls can also be checked for patched holes as this in an indication that the home has blown in insulation.

Old houses can be drafty. Check for warm air leaks in your chimneys and fireplaces and check for any cracks near the ducts, windows, recessed lighting, and electrical outlets. Remember, the primary place for heat loss is at the top of your home as heat rises and could escape without adequate insulation.

What kind of Insulation

Batts, loose fill, rigid boards, and blown in insulation are the four types of insulation available. Batt and rigid insulation is normally used after major restorations that require wall replacement or if you are completing an unfinished space in your attic. The most common insulation used for older homes is loose fill, as it can easily get to those hard to reach places where other insulation is difficult to install.

How much is enough

The R-value measures the thermal resistance to the heat flow and is dependent on where you live in the United States, and what part of your home you are insulating. The higher the R-Value, the higher the quality of your insulation. Whoever is installing your new insulation will know exactly what type and how much insulation you will need for your project and can give you some additional insulation tips.

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