Archive for January, 2014

Insulation tips for your home

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

If there is a proper heating system in your home yet it is not able to tone down the chill, a simple solution is there for you. Review your home’s insulation system. Insulation is a sort of blanket around your house which traps all the heat generated in the house with your activities inside the house and in the process keeps the house warm even in winters. Insulation is in most cases placed in the floors, the walls and the ceilings.

The largest amount of heat loss (about 40%) happens from the ceiling because of warm air’s tendency to rise up. Good ceiling insulation will keep the house the warmest and will also save energy.

Almost 20-30% heat loss happens through walls. Stress on wall insulation and siding should be given the most during construction of the house because upgrading it later is an expensive and difficult process.

Heat loss from floors is around 10-15%. Good insulation below the flooring ensures that the cold air that pushes all the heat towards the ceiling is removed. It is advisable to use a vapour resisting material for under floor insulation since that can prevent ground moisture from entering the house.

Evaluate and check the exiting insulation state of your house. Or if constructing, follow the insulation basics given above.

Blankets made from wool or polyester can be used to put in the walls and ceilings. Even loose fill insulation like foam insulation and cellulose can be used for this purpose. These products should be used for insulation implementation before construction. In the case of existing houses, you can put them into accessible ceiling cavities.

For floors, use reflective insulation systems such as aluminium foils. These work well for insulation as they reduce the downward flow of heat. You can also use rigid insulation made from polystyrene and plastic foams for insulating your floors.

You must look for the R-value while selecting insulating materials. This measures how well the product resists heat flow. A high R indicates insulation is effective, hence your house is kept warm easily.