Installing insulation in your home is an easy way of reducing heat loss. As a result, it helps to improve the efficiency of your heating system. This in turn keeps your energy bills from getting out of control.
The attic is one of the first areas that should be insulated in a home. This is not only because most supply air ducts pass through this area, but also because it provides environmental cold with an easy-to-get-to entry point to the rest of your house. The following are insulation tips that will come in handy in helping to ensure that you get the most out of your attic insulation efforts through a company like Leon Muenks Insulation LLC.
Be mindful of ventilation when installing insulation
While having more insulation is generally better, there is a point beyond which adding more insulation becomes cost ineffective. In fact, as far as insulating the attic is concerned, overdoing your insulation jobs will lead to ventilation problems.
To make sure that your attic is properly insulated without hindering its ventilation, always use the top plate of the joist runs in the roofs as markers. Always ensure that any insulation that you use in the attic is below this plate. And if your are using fill insulation, you may have to use a board to keep the particles of the insulation from clogging air vents in the attic.
Be mindful of fixtures when installing insulation
Most attics have a couple of lighting fixtures. Some of these fixtures need enough space and ventilation so as to work properly. This is because the lack of ventilation and space causes these fixtures to overheat, something that then results in an increase in the risks of having a fire.
Cellulose is a type of loose fill insulation that is usually made up of paper or pieces of wood. As a result, it is very susceptible to catching fires. Overfilling your attic with this type of insulation, something that causes poor air circulation and overheating of some light fixtures, will therefore lead to a dangerous situation.
To be on the safe side, always ensure that there is space between the insulation and the overheating-susceptible lighting fixtures. And since loose fill insulation has a habit of drifting to different places within the attic, avoiding using this type of insulation when your have fixtures that have a high likelihood of overheating is prudent. You can also choose to simply replace the lighting fixtures with ones that are less likely to overheat.