How To Improve Home Insulation

Insulate Your Attic

Insulating your attic is one of the easiest ways to lower energy bills. It can also help lower the temperature of your home, making it easier to keep comfortable all winter long.

When working in your attic, be sure to wear a hard hat, safety goggles, and gloves to protect yourself from airborne insulation fibers. Using a loose-fill blower (available for rent at many home improvement stores), begin at the walls and work toward the attic entryway, leaving vents uncovered.

Insulate The Walls

Insulating your walls is an effective way to prevent heat loss and reduce energy bills. It can be done either during construction or in a renovation project. Cavity wall insulation involves installing bulk insulation in between your internal and external walls to keep warm air inside during winter and cool air out during summer.

Floor Insulation

During the winter, 10% of heat is lost through floors. Adding insulation to your floor can reduce this loss and lower your energy bills.

In new homes, this can be done before the flooring is laid. Simply drape blanket style insulation supported by netting between the floor joists.

For older homes with suspended timber floors, it’s worth taking the time to prepare the ground. Cover it with a vapor barrier, such as 6 mm polyethylene sheeting.

Insulate Your Windows

It’s not too late to take some simple steps to improve your home’s insulation, especially if you have drafty windows. It’s easy and inexpensive to do, and it can make a big difference in your comfort level as well as your energy bills.

You can apply plastic film or bubble wrap to your windows to help prevent heat loss. Or, use caulk to seal the gaps around your windows.

Insulate Your Doors

Door insulation is one of the most effective ways to reduce drafts. The problem with draughts is that they allow air to escape your home, increasing energy bills.

Adding a draught excluder or using self-adhesive weather stripping are simple, cost-effective solutions to the issue.