If you think your home needs new insulation, you have two choices. You can either hire a contractor to install it or have a go at doing it yourself.
Insulation needs installing properly to ensure that it’s safe and effective. Hiring a professional to fit it is a reliable way to make sure this happens. But it will cost you money, potentially more than you’re willing to spend.
If you want to save your pennies you can always do some DIY. Installing insulation can be tricky, but if you know the basics then doing it yourself can be an effective way to get the job done. If you decide to go for this option, read on to find out 6 essential tips for installing insulation.
1. Get the right type of insulation
Nowadays, there are lots of types of insulation to choose from. This is because, as technology has advanced, new sorts of insulation have been developed for different purposes. Commonly-used insulation types include fibreglass, spray foam and blown-in cellulose.
Your insulation will be most effective if you choose one specifically designed for the particular area you’re insulating. If you don’t it’s not the end of the world, but the installation won’t be as efficient and could well reduce your energy bill savings.
2. Be Safe
Insulation can be dangerous if you don’t take the necessary safety precautions. For example, fibreglass insulation contains very small pieces of metal and glass. If these come in contact with your skin they can irritate it and if they touch your eyes they can cause serious damage.
Some types of insulation even emit fumes that can damage your airways. It’s a good idea to do your research before you install insulation to see whether you might need to buy gloves, masks or other types of safety gear.
3. Know your fire hazards
Insulation can be a fire hazard, so it’s important to know where and where not to put it. It can be dangerous if installed too close to water heaters or recessed lighting fixtures. Insulation is also a fire risk if you wrap it around wires.
It’s important to remember that blown-in insulation can drift over time. So it’s worth leaving a fairly big space around electrics when installing this kind of insulation.
4. Don’t remove insulation backing
The backing on fibreglass insulation is also known as the vapour barrier. It’s there to protect the insulation from moisture. If you remove insulation backing, you run the risk of rot or mould growth developing.
If you’re installing insulation with a vapour barrier, you should remember to fit it with the backing facing the interior of your home.
5. Be thorough
When installing insulation you should make sure that you’re thorough and don’t leave any gaps. If you do leave spaces this will reduce how efficient your insulation is and may expose it to moisture.
6. Don’t overdo it
Insulation preserves your home’s temperature by trapping air in the home rather than letting it move through the walls and roof to the outside.
If you pack too much insulation in too tightly then the amount of air it traps is reduced. This means that your insulation won’t be as efficient as it could be.
So DIY is a viable option as long as you have some important basic information. If you decide to do it yourself, these 6 essential tips should help you to install insulation that is both safe and effective.