The winter season this year promises to be hard throughout much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac forecasts types of conditions is going to be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” as well as “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In short, brrrrrr!
The fall months are the appropriate time for you to be sure that your home retains cozy and warm, in preparation for when the bitter blasts of Jan and February come pounding. By some effortless DIY insulation projects, you can keep on the heat in and the cold temperature out this cold weather, while also saving on your heating expenses.
Inspect the basement
One of the primary places to examine for proper insulation is the downstairs room.
“Up to 25 % of a home’s heat loss is from the basement,” claims Tom Savoy, technical director for Insulfoam.
Many homes in the U.S. were developed with fiberglass batts in the middle of wood wall studs, which happens to be infamously leaky, giving a bridge for heat to pass through the wall, states Savoy. This kind of insulation can also trap wetness in the walls, resulting in a moldy cellar smell.
“Even if you do not spend time in the downstairs room, it is important to insulate it right to help you take care of the heating throughout the rest of your home,” says Savoy.
An easy remedy is adding a layer of continuous insulation to the home’s cellar walls by using rigid foam boards, such like expanded polystyrene (EPS).
Accessible in home improvement stores, EPS insulation is not hard to cut and mount by making use of regular tools at your house. Compared with many other insulations, unbending foam boards are thin and easy to deal with, without having messy fibers to clean-up.
“EPS is a professional grade insulation that even DIYers can deploy,” says Savoy.
To begin with insulating your downstairs room, you will first need to determine how much insulation you must have, based on its “R-value.” R-value is the measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat flow, with higher numbers indicating better performance. A quick call to your area or region building department will tell you what R-value is correct, and if you’ll need to take everything else into consideration with your insulation project.
Take a look in the loft
In addition to insulating the basement, another leaky place to examine is loft hatches. As heat rises, these hatches often have gaps around them, letting the warm air to leave. Properly sealing them with weather strip protection and adding a layer of rigid foam to the hatch will help keep heat in your living area.
To get ready for the coming shivery weather, the Farmers’ Almanac suggests stocking up on “sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.” Part of your preparation should also consist of an easy weekend or two of adding insulation to your home.
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