Just about all new houses nowadays are built with insulation. But what if you live in an older house, especially one built before 1940? Your house may have no insulation at all or the pre-existing insulation could be deteriorated. There are options for adding or replacing insulation in your home. It is highly recommended that you contact home insulation professional rather than attempt to do it yourself as there are many factors to take into account, but here are a few tips on the topic.
- Older forms of insulation commonly contained asbestos. This would be a health concern only if the asbestos fibers can become airborne. If your home contains insulation with asbestos that is flaking, luckily, you can just encapsulate the material to prevent it from becoming exposed into your house. Fully removing this insulation would be incredibly invasive and should not be attempted unless a full renovation is being done to the house.
- Most heat is lost through the roof. The attic, if one exists, is the best place to start when attempting to insulate your home more effectively. Typically the attic should have insulation on the floor if it is unfinished or between the rafters if it is finished.
- Be sure to leave a ventilation path between the insulation and building exterior. Otherwise, you could be left with moisture issues.
- Insulation saves you money by helping you use less energy to keep your house warm or cool. Not only that, but it also helps keep bugs and other critters out of your home.
- There are alternative "green" insulation options. These are usually made with recycled materials such as newspaper or denim and treated with non-hazardous materials to make them fire-resistant, insect-proof, and/or water repellant.
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