People living in improperly insulated homes have to pay huge utility bills both in winter and in the summer. Moreover, such homes can be uncomfortable to live in as certain areas or rooms can be colder or warmer than others. By installing appropriate insulation in your home, you can save money and have a more comfortable home as well.
According to the EPA, homeowners can reduce their heating and cooling costs by around 20 percent if they air seal their homes and insulate them properly. This means that the cost of insulation can be recovered in three to five years because of the lower energy bills incurred.
As a home owner, you want to ensure that your family is safe and comfortable in all weather even as you try to minimize the cost of utilities. Installing home insulation or upgrading existing insulation is an easy way to reduce utility costs. However, you need to observe these three precautions when installing insulation in your home.
1.Wear Appropriate Safety Gear
Since improperly handled insulation can be hazardous, before you start work on insulating your home you need to ensure that the safety precautions are being adhered to.
While there are a variety of home insulation material available such as fiber glass, cellulose, spray foam, and rigid foam insulation, all of them can be hazardous if you come in contact with them. Moreover, the tools you will need to install them can also pose a danger of injury. Before you begin installation, make sure you are wearing protective goggles, gloves, and clothing that cover your entire body. Wear full sleeved shirts and button your collar and cuffs to ensure that loose material do not get a chance of touching your eyes or skin. Many people are allergic to these materials and can suffer from itchy eyes and scratchy throats if they come in contact with these materials. It is better to insulate a home that is currently uninhabited. Even if you live there, consider moving your family members especially children away from the home when the insulation is being installed. Insulate one room at a time after ensuring that it is shut off from the rest of the house. This will ensure that any stray insulating material can be picked up and disposed of safely instead of landing up in a place where it can cause allergic reactions.
2.Leave Adequate Space
When installing insulation, do not hand-pack insulation around bare stovepipes and electrical fixtures. These things require ample space around them to dissipate heat or there is the danger of a fire. Ensure that you read the labels carefully and prevent the possibility of your home becoming a fire trap. All electrical equipment, motors, and heat producing appliances should be treated with care and sufficient space left around them for heat to dissipate. Free circulation of air is vital around these fixtures to prevent a fire.
3.Check the Quality of Electrical Wiring
In case your home is old or you have doubts about the quality of the electrical wiring, contact a qualified electrician to inspect the wiring of your home. Exposed wiring because of frayed insulation can be a potential hazard when you insulate your home. A qualified electrician will also be able to tell you if your home has knob and tube wiring. If that is the case, you will need to change the wiring in your home before you can insulate it.
Since improperly handled insulation can be hazardous, before you start work on insulating your home you need to ensure that the safety precautions are being adhered to. While it is important to save money, it is even more important to stay safe. If you are uncertain of your ability to install the insulation safely or fear allergic reactions, it is best to have the insulation installed by an expert contractor who will ensure the safety of not only the installation crew but also the residents of the home.
5.Using Landscape Fabric
Yet another option is using landscape fabric all over the lawn. The advantage is that this lets air, water, and nutrients penetrate the soil while blocking weed growth. It also acts as a barrier to air borne seeds. The black shiny side has to be installed face up and may also have to be weighed down to prevent it from flying in the wind. Landscape fabric pins, also known as garden staples, can be used to hold the fabric in place. Mulch can be laid on top of this and it will also help increase the lifespan of the fabric.
One of these solutions or a combination of two or more of these will help you deal effectively with the weed menace. Whichever method you adopt, you will need to be persistent in its implementation for long-lasting results and a lush green lawn at all times and throughout the year.