Blown In Insulation In An Existing Attic

Performing a blown in insulation in an existing attic is a practical way to lower down energy consumption and reduced the monthly electric bill. This is especially important when your home is quite old and the attic is poorly finished. The process is pretty demanding as it needs good selection of materials and knowledge in operating special equipment. You could choose to hire a home repair professional for full convenience or go do-it-yourself if you want to be challenged.

We could summarize blown in insulation in a few simple steps. First, you need to select the type of insulating material to be used in your attic and how much of it you’re going to need. This could be done by consulting with a home professional or using measurement tools available online. After securing the materials and devices needed, the attic should be removed of potential or existing sources of air leaks. When this is done, you or the home improvement professional can then carry out the installation procedures in blowing in the insulating particles.

Measuring how much material is needed can be done by referring to its R-value rating. This rating system indicates the minimum R-value that the chosen material should possess in order to create a significant change in the heating and cooling conditions of the house. The R-value determines the level of resistance of the material to the heat transfer. If your attic insulation possesses higher R-values, it means that it allows lesser heat transfer and therefore saves more energy related to home heating and cooling.

Knowing the advantages of having blown in insulation in your attic.

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Space preparation follows the assessment of R-values. This means that you have to focus on elements that may cause leakage during the blown in insulation process. Openings, stairs, and other leak-prone areas should be sealed. It’s also important to pay attention to heat channels like chimneys, vents, and light sources in as much as contact between insulating materials and heat could result to fire. If your attic is not finished and you’re pulling off a do-it-yourself, make sure that you lay down wood boards to walk on for safety reasons.

There are so many online videos instructing how to do blown in insulation in an existing attic like a pro. Listen and watch the demonstrations carefully to avoid setbacks. In blown in insulation, you have to load the bags of insulating material into the machine and then blow it out through the attic surface using a hose. There are tricks and instructions on how to spread out the material evenly and achieve the desired thickness so do your homework in learning them.