Upgrading Insulation In An Older Home - January 12th 2015
Are you a first-time home buyer and have purchased an older home and would like to upgrade the insulation in the ceiling and walls?
First-time home buyers become very concerned with energy costs, especially when they see their first energy bill. Before you purchase your first home, or any home for that matter, you should always make yourself aware of what the cost of energy is going to be or what it has been if it is an older home. Most utility companies make available a pro-rated energy cost based on previous experience which becomes part of your monthly household budget cost.
Now back to the question... How do you upgrade insulation in the walls and ceiling?
First - are the windows double glazed or stormed? If the answer is No then your first consideration should be window upgrades by adding Energy Efficient Smart Glass to existing frames or removing existing windows and installing new energy efficient aluminum windows with thermally broken frames, vinyl framed, or wooden framed windows. Don't overlook storm windows as an economical way to upgrade existing windows.
Upgrading exterior wall insulation can be achieved from inside by adding inside styrofoam Wallmate Rigid Foam Insulation, giving a R-5 increase per inch. Use a horizontal wood strapping application, allowing new drywall to be installed when complete. Attic insulation should be a minimum R-28, if planning on upgrading best to add up to R-40 or R-50. Remember to install insulation stops at the soffit vent areas and another important step is to draft seal all ceiling light fixtures and weatherstrip the attic access door.
For best results, use blow-in insulation.
Roxul Batt Insulation is an excellent choice if you are a do-it yourselfer this insulation is very easy to work with.