Pay $0 on your home electricity bill and in fact receive money back each month for your effort.
Insulation is the primary way to have an effective energy efficient solution to save on the cost of electricity. We want to start here to cut your energy bill down to $0 dollars a month. You can`t just go out and buy the very best insulation and expect that to fix your insulation problems in your house. You have to install it correctly and that is what we intend to teach you.
An inch of insulation is approximately equal to 30 inches of concrete,in R value. Think about that! If properly installed you can be very effective in energy savings but the problem is insulation is rarely installed in the most effective way. Even well seasoned insulation install companies go years without getting it right.
When installing insulation you should be thinking about covering every inch of the house with it. Leave nothing uncovered! Spending extra on insulation will end up making you money on a monthly basis. Think of it as a an investment and retirement plan. If you don`t have a retirement plan then make this project your first one. Covering everything means covering, walls, ceilings, floors, basements, foundation, and piers, if you have those. Now the important part is to make sure there are no gaps.
When keeping gaps from occurring you need to think about even after the house is constructed what the insulation will do. As hard as you try moisture may get in and weigh the insulation down, this will then cause gaps. To avoid these gaps you should install new technology products that keeps moisture from ever getting in.
Also work towards making sure there are no insulation voids throughout the entire house. A void is basically when the insulation is laid up against the drywall or exterior house wall between the wall studs and there is a wrinkle in the insulation where a void is present. It's as if there is a tennis ball size space where the insulation is not completely filling the area. This is undesirable and means lost money towards your retirement plan we are working towards.
Also avoid any type of compressions. A compression is when you install the insulation and you press it and squish it so that it isn`t the same thickness it started out as. You basically want to keep the insulation its same thickness. While having no compression you still want there to be complete and full contact with the drywall or whatever type of wall material you are using and the exterior wall structure (whatever material that may be).
Now within these walls that contain the insulation you do not want there to be any air leaks from the outside in.I mean none! Search and find these leaks and caulk them and completely seal them off. This is critical! If heat or air gets in it will turn into moisture condensation and create gaps, voids and compression in the insulation.This will basically destroy the insulation and your retirement plan.
After the insulation is put up throughtout the house we should move on to radiant barrier. This is great stuff! It's very thin but what it does is keep out about 98% of radiant heat out of the home. You can staple this stuff on top of the insulation, on the floor, under a pier beam floor (underneath the house). You can staple it on top of the insulation on the ceiling, as well as around pipes and water heaters, and the list goes on. This radiant barrier material is a little expensive but will save you several thousand dollars in the long term. You can buy Radiant Barrier at Lowes and Home Depot along with your insulation.
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