If you are ready to insulate your house, you will have to first decide what system of insulation and what material you are going to use in doing the job. Some plasterboard systems are becoming increasingly popular but if you decide to go with one of those, you will still have to decide what thickness and brand of plasterboard you will use. As most of us are not experts in insulation matters, we should perhaps seek advice about the different materials and systems before we make any decisions but thankfully today, there are sites on the internet that can provide us with all the information we will need for making a sensible decision. Having made the decision as to what materials we will use, we then have to order those material but in doing so, as we will not want to spend more than we really have to, we must carefully measure all the rooms or areas in the house that we intend to insulate and then order our chosen material in a quantity not exceeding the amount we will need.
Although there is no doubt that insulating a house is a good idea, many people hesitate because of the initial cost associated with it. Although unavoidable in some instances, financial concerns for the initial insulation should try to be overcome as all the expenses you do experience, will be repaid over a matter of months by way of cheaper energy bills. Obviously though finding that initial outlay of cash is not always easy and so that is why many home owners opt to insulate their homes on their own, to save on expense. If you are willing and able though, there is no reason why you cannot insulate your house yourself but as we are not experts, there are some common mistakes that are made and here are some of those mistakes:
• Attics – Although most people will insulate an attic when they have one, those that don’t have attics often forget to insulate the space between the roof and the ceiling. This space should be insulated in the same way a larger attic would be.
• Attic Hatches – These should be treated in the same way as any windows and external doors, ensuring a tight fit and are as energy efficient as possible.
• External Walls – When people insulate external walls, they often forget to include a wall that separates the house and a garage but, unless the garage is fully insulated, it is for all intents and purposes, an exterior wall to the house.
• People often remember to insulate their basements but the people that do not have basements in their houses often forget to insulate any crawl ways there may be under the house.
• Foundation Walls – If any foundation walls are above round, they too will need to be insulated.
It is no good insulating the roof and walls if heat is going to be lost through the doors and windows and so many people replace their existing ones with more energy efficient ones.