How to Ensure Your Loft is Correctly Insulated

Written by  //  September 6, 2012  //  Home Exterior  //  Comments Off on How to Ensure Your Loft is Correctly Insulated

When your loft is correctly insulated, your home is much more energy efficient. In a nutshell what does that mean? Basically, you save money on your electricity bill. A correctly insulated loft also allows for proper air flow, so you stay cooler in the spring and summer and appropriately warmer in the fall and winter months.

Many home owners spend unnecessary amounts of money and resources in a struggle to keep the warmth inside their homes. Don’t struggle any more with your own insulation! Here are some tips to ensure your loft is correctly insulated:

Inspect Your Loft the Right Way

If you think about it logically, what’s the fastest way for cool air or heat to escape your home? Through a collection of holes and leaks that may be present in your loft. Ask yourself: are there any leaks that air can escape from?

If you haven’t inspected your loft lately, now’s the perfect time to do so and discover leaks that you never knew you had. If you live in a cool climate for the majority of the year (or just have a bitter cold winter) there’s nothing worse than suffering in the cold, night after night.

Heat can escape quickly, and the more you crank up your heater, the more it will escape (and cost you lots of money in the process!). So start by plugging those leaks and holes.

Fill all holes with spray expanding foam

Take a good look at your air vents and plumbing vents. If you want to limit the amount of air escaping from your loft, make sure you find each and every hole or leak in your loft, and plug them up with spray expanding foam. Make sure you pay extra attention to detail on this step, and if you have a hole that is more than a centimetre or two in size, you’ll want to seal it up well with caulk, which can easily be done with some time and patience.

Choose an insulation material

Now that you no longer have any holes or leaks to worry about, you’ll want to choose either blown cellulose or fiberglass as your insulation material. If you want an eco-friendly home, consider blown cellulose, as it is an energy efficient material and less flammable if a fire should break out in your loft. Fiberglass is just as effective at insulating your loft, but can be more expensive, even when installing it yourself.

How are the vent chutes looking?

Vent chutes allow air to flow properly throughout your loft, which prevents a build-up of moisture that can lead to rot and algae. Make sure your vent chutes are able to do their job by being totally unobstructed. An option, if your chutes are repeatedly clogged, is to place many chutes throughout your loft and staple them into place.

Now that you know what you’re working with and how to ensure your loft is correctly insulated, you can look forward to an energy efficient home with proper air flow through your loft. Just remember, if you feel that you do not have the relevant expertise, do not hesitate to hire a professional to do the job for you.

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