Energy Efficiency

3 Ways to Make Home Insulation More Efficient

You have decided to install home insulation in order to make your house cosier and to reduce your energy bills. In order to get the best results, you need to select a material with high R-value which has a guarantee for at least 25 years. It is best if you insulate the walls and loft first as most of the lost heat escapes through them. Additionally, you have to take measures which will contribute to the efficiency of this major home improvement. Consider the main ones.

Take care of damp patches and damage before installation.

Moisture is one of the major enemies to insulating materials. It can cause shrinking and degradation. It can lead to considerable reduction in the material’s R-value. Besides, if there are damp patches already in place, the insulation will not make them go away. It may even increase the level of condensation.

For these reasons it is crucial that damp patches on the walls and on the loft are repaired in an effective way. You need to get to the root cause of the problem and to fix it. Similarly, any damage to the structures may lead to issues with the installation of the protective material. If it is not properly installed, it will not work as effectively as promised. That is why you need to have other damage repairs made in advance as well.

Repair the gutters and downspouts.

The gutters and downspouts work to take rainwater down to the ground and to protect the roof, walls and foundation from damage. They are crucial for keeping home insulation dry and effectively working. You should have them repaired in advanced to prevent leakages. The gutters and downspouts should be firmly attached to the roof and walls respectively. Any holes must be sealed. You need to clean the gutters on a regular basis to prevent blockage and rainwater over-spilling. Alternatively, you can install gutter guards.

Take care of draughts.

If there are many entryways for cold air into your house, the efficiency of the insulation will be greatly reduced. That is why you need to eliminate draughts. Draughts are typically created by gaps around windows, doors, loft hatches, pipework and electrical fittings. The main materials for filling these gaps include sprayed foam, foam and plastic strips which are self-adhesive and silicon-based fillers. You have to choose the most appropriate material for each of fixture or fitting with a gap.

With these measures, you will generate maximum savings from the installation of home insulation.

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