There are numerous benefits of a well-insulated home. The electricity and heating bills are reduced significantly, the home is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, you have far less problems with the noise that is coming from the outside, and not to mention the ecological impact that the reduction of the energy consumption. Reducing the amount of energy needed to heat up or cool down your home means that you are shrinking your ecological footprint and that is definitely a good thing. Extra money saved by the less energy consumption is also a nice perk to insulation. However, a lot of houses didn’t have the insulation planned when they were made, so it is necessary to do it at a later time. Here is what to think about when adding the insulation to your home.
One of the first frontlines of keeping your home warm is the surrounding. The home itself will be warmer if the wind doesn’t hit it directly. In order to prevent this from happening, you should have some trees or shrubbery planted in front of it. It is decorative and it keeps the home warmer. However, when it comes to the insulation of the walls per se, there are many options that you can choose from. One of the most common is adding the insulation layers on the outer walls. The paint is scraped from the walls and the special net is installed on the mortar layer of the walls. After that, a layer of Styrofoam panels is laid and just then the mortar and the paint are placed over it. This will make a couple of inches to the home, but the insulation will be amazing.
The hot air goes up. Therefore, it is obvious that the insulation will be far less effective if you neglect the ceiling. Walls are very important to be well insulated, but the ceiling needs the same treatment. It can be insulated in a similar way the walls are insulated, but the whole thing is a bit easier because the roof covers the panels that you install. However, some people opt for cheaper variants of insulation using the glass wool and other thermal insulation materials. These may not be as effective as the more expensive variants, but some insulation is far better than no insulation.
Doors and Windows
The first and the easiest way to do something about the walls and the windows of your home is to go on and buy the insulating tape that is very easy to find, install and use. All you need to do is to place it carefully around the edge of the windows and the doors on the surface where the door or the window touches its frame. In that way, this tape will correct the possible imperfections and help the doors and the windows to shut perfectly and air tightly. The next level is replacing the doors and the windows with the airtight variants. They come in different materials and you really have a big range of products to choose from. These are not cheap, but they definitely pay themselves out through the reduced energy bills. Besides those, you can even use one of those insulation films that are placed on the window glasses.
It never seems that your home is warm enough if your feet are cold. Somehow, that cold that comes from the floor makes the subjective feeling of the room temperature trick you into thinking that the room is colder than it really is. You first need to make sure that your floor is covered by the material that has insulating properties. In other words, if you want a warm floor, tiles will not help you one little bit. One of the first and the easiest ways to warm it up is to put some floor rugs as a form of the first aid. The next level is insulating the floors for real.
It seems like the insulation is one of the most beneficial investments that you can make on your home. It will make the home better and at the same time, regardless of how much you invest in it, it will all come back to you through the bills for electricity and energy in general.
Diana Smith, the author of this article is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY
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