Tips for insulating your home

Insulating your house is probably one of the least glamorous home improvement projects that you can undertake, but it's one of the most beneficial. If you're planning on remodeling your house to improve its energy efficiency, making upgrades to your insulation should be on the top your to-do list. 

While you should have a home inspection before making any final decisions, the following tips and suggestions help get you started: 

  • Be careful not to place insulation too close to a recessed light fixture, as this can pose a fire hazard
  • Follow all of the manufacturer's installation instructions and wear the appropriate protective gear and if you are unsure about what to do, contact a contractor or a home insulation specialist
  • If you want less-bulky insulation, use products with higher R-values such as spray foam
  • To ensure proper air flow in the attic, install air barriers such as wind baffles. This is not necessary, however, if you plan on insulating the underside of the roof
  • When selecting energy efficient insulation for your home, you should consider factors such as the house's design, your local climate and how much you are willing to spend. 

If your home still feels drafty after adding insulation to your attic and floors, you may need to insulate your exterior walls, crawl spaces and basement. This is an expensive proposition and will usually require the services of a professional contractor, but it may say you money in the long run. Additionally, if you're planning on replacing the siding on your house, consider taking the extra step of installing insulation at the same time.