411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

How to Protect Your Furniture from Sun Damage

Having large windows that let in a lot of sunlight can be nice. It can feel good enjoying the natural light when you are indoors. While it may feel...

on Feb 23, 2017

Build a Custom Home or Renovate Your Existing House?

There is a difficult choice to be made between building the custom dream home you’ve always wanted or renovating your current residence, the...

on Feb 22, 2017

How to Create a Great Office Space

Moving to a new office space can be an exciting time for any business. When planning a new space, you have an opportunity to create a better work...

on Feb 22, 2017

How to Measure a Window for Blinds

When it comes to getting a new set of window blinds, you have a lot to consider if you want to get the right set. Whether you decide to go with...

on Feb 22, 2017

5 Features that Will Sell Your Home Faster

A lot of people focus on things like return on investment (ROI) when it comes to updating their homes before selling. And with some returns only...

on Feb 21, 2017

Improving and Installing Insulation

by Guest on May 14, 2012

Before you start adding insulation to your attic or walls, take the time to look around the house and improve on some important energy saving issues. Air infiltration is a major source of energy loss. You can reduce the amount of air infiltration in your home by utilizing some of these simple inexpensive tips.

  • Install gaskets behind coverplates
  • Install glass doors on fireplaces
  • Adding a storm window or sheet of window plastic to a standard window (approximately R-1) will improve its R-value by 100%, reduce heat loss, and improve comfort.
  • Install weatherstripping on doors and windows. To see if your weatherstripping. is good enough try this simple test. Insert a dollar bill into the opening and close the door or window. You should have to tug a bit to remove it. If it slides out easily you should replace the weatherstripping.

Don't overlook the ductwork of the heating and air-conditioning system. If water lines and the ducts of your heating or air-conditioning system run through unheated or uncooled spaces in your home, such as attic or crawl spaces, then the water lines and the ducts should be insulated.

  • First check the ductwork for air leaks. Repair leaking joints first with mechanical fasteners, then seal any remaining leaks with water-soluble mastic and embedded fiber glass mesh.
  • Never use gray cloth duct tape because it degrades, cracks, and loses its bond with age. If a joint has to be accessible for future maintenance, use pressure- or heat-sensitive aluminum foil tape.
  • Insul-Flex is a thick, elastic, insulating coating intended for waterproofing exterior walls but it is ideal for sealing and insulating your duct work, water heater and exposed pipes.

Types of Insulation:

  • BLANKETS, in the form of batts or rolls, are flexible products made from mineral fibers. They are available in widths suited to standard spacings of wall studs and attic or floor joists. Continuous rolls can be hand-cut and trimmed to fit. They are available with or without vapor retarder facings. Batts with a special flame-resistant facing are available in various widths for basement walls where the insulation will be left exposed.
     
  • BLOWN-IN loose-fill insulation includes loose fibers or fiber pellets that are blown into building cavities or attics using special pneumatic equipment. Another form includes fibers that are co-sprayed with an adhesive to make them resistant to settling. The blown-in material can provide additional resistance to air infiltration if the insulation is sufficiently dense.
     
  • FOAMED-IN-PLACE polyurethane foam insulation can be applied by a professional applicator using special equipment to meter, mix, and spray into place. Polyurethane foam can also help to reduce air leaks.
     
  • RIGID INSULATION is made from fibrous materials or plastic foams and is pressed or extruded into board-like forms and molded pipe-coverings. These provide thermal and acoustical insulation, strength with low weight, and coverage with few heat loss paths. Such boards may be faced with a reflective foil that reduces heat flow when next to an air space.
     
  • REFLECTIVE INSULATION SYSTEMS are fabricated from aluminum foils with a variety of backings such as kraft paper, plastic film, polyethylene bubbles, or cardboard . The resistance to heat flow depends on the heat flow direction, and this type of insulation is most effective in reducing downward heat flow. Reflective systems are typically located between roof rafters, floor joists, or wall studs.
     
  • RADIANT BARRIERS. Radiant barrriers are sometimes used in buildings to reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss. New on
    the scene are Ceramic Bead additives which can simply be added to paint coatings. These ceramic beads are an inexpensive and easy to apply energy saver and can be added to, roof coatings, wall coatings both interior and exterior, and ceiling paint.

Random Articles

5 Simple Tips to Make Everyday Cooking Fun with Your Partner

What better idea for a date than to cook with your partner and enjoy the food later? Everyday cooking can turn into a pain or a boring routine if...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Benefits of Owning an Electric Range

When deciding to purchase a range for your home or business kitchen, you really get two power options to choose from- an electric range or a gas...

Appliance / Repair

Features of Front Load Washers

 Front load washers are quickly capturing the attention of consumers.  There are many reasons for people to be interested in and excited about...

Appliance / Repair

Caring For Todays Home Theater Gear

The television has really evolved into a level of entertainment and information (infotainment) value that no one ever predicted decades ago. We can...

General Household

5 Popular Kitchen Tiles for You to Choose

Kitchen tiles not only enhance the value of your kitchen but also help in protecting the walls of the kitchen from getting dirty or stained. There...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017