5 Common Home Insulation Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Home Insulation MistakesProperty owners get insulation products installed into their homes because of the many benefits this feature offers. Insulation, when properly installed, makes your home a whole lot comfier no matter the season. In addition, insulation can give you huge savings on your energy bill. But these benefits won’t take into effect if you keep on making the same home insulation mistakes.

The list below contains some of the most common home insulation mistakes homeowners make.

1. Vents are being blocked.

When installing insulation in your home, especially in the attic, make sure that fresh air can continue flowing in the area. Blocking the vents with your insulation material may cause your home to feel stuffy or even smell bad. These vents would also help get rid of condensation and/or moisture in your home to prevent mold growth.

2. Insulation is placed to close to light sources.

Especially when you have recessed lights in the attic, make sure your insulation doesn’t cover or is placed too near them. Aside from defeating the purpose of having lights in the first place if it’s covered, placing insulation by these light sources can be very dangerous. If the light heats up the insulation, it could ignite and cause fire in your home. If you have to place insulation close to lights, then you must at least choose light fixtures that don’t heat up at all, or place a thermal light cover over the light source.

3. Not minding the gaps would waste energy.

You should definitely mind gaps and not leave any of these and spaces between the insulation. While it is best to have air flowing around the insulation, gaps on the material itself would just cause air leaks and would make heating or cooling down the house harder for your appliances. That would be a total waste of energy.

4. Too much compression on the insulation won’t work.

Insulation is best fluffy and loose because it works well when air is trapped within the material. If you compress it too much, then that trapped air would be forced out of the insulation and the material would be less efficient.

5. Taking matters into your own hands can actually make you spend more.

When you choose to DIY insulation installation to save on labor costs, you still have to spend money to buy your insulation material. If you are an expert and have experience in insulation installation, then that would be a practical choice. If you have zero knowledge then it’s likely you might commit a mistake during insulation. Having to repeat the process, use new sets of materials and hiring an expert the second time around would only cost you extra. It is best you just get a licensed insulation contractor so you can be sure the installation is done the best way possible on the first time.

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