Insulating Your House

October 3rd, 2012

You may have spent days and maybe even months to set up a beautiful home that has wonderful interiors and custom designed furniture and furnishings. It might have taken years to patiently select artistic, creative unique decor for every room in your home. However, good decor isn’t the only requirement of a well kept home. When it comes to maintaining a healthy atmosphere in your home, nothing is as important as insulation. Insulation helps keep the air in your house fresh and pure. Irrespective of the weather outside, you will never experience a musty, damp smell within your house if it is insulated. Good insulation also promotes better ventilation during extreme weather conditions. When it comes to insulating your house, you must consider a few points. Types of insulation materials You can choose from a wide range of insulation materials. Pick a material that is highly durable. The choice of material depends on your budget, taste and local weather conditions. A good material will also be able to withstand changes in weather conditions. Fibreglass is known to be highly durable and effective during extreme weather conditions. It also helps keep rodents and small animals away from your roof and attic. Mineral wool is also a commonly used insulation material. It is better than fibreglass because it helps soundproof your house too. Other than that, common materials like wood and tiles are also sometimes used to insulate homes and add an element of beauty to the interiors. Symptoms of insulation problems If you haven’t insulated your home yet, you should keep an eye out for early signs of damage or insulation problems. Depending on the extent of the problem, you should choose a suitable material to insulate your home immediately.  It is easy to look for signs of insulation problems. During the winter months, if you feel that the floors and walls of your house are colder than usual then it is a sure sign that you need to think about insulating your home immediately. Other problems during the winter may include uneven heating within the house, higher than normal heating costs and sudden growth of mould. During the summer months, you may experience or suffer from extreme heat within the house, ineffective air conditioning or high cooling costs, rapid mould growth around the house. What determines the effectiveness of insulation? R value is a measure of effectiveness of an insulation material. The higher the R-value the more effective the insulation is supposed to be. Insulation materials in Canada are already printed with R or RSI values when they are sold. Sometimes, authorities lay down required RSI values and it is important to abide by them. Before insulating your home it is always advisable to seek the professional advice of an insulation company. Benefits of Insulation
  • Keeps the air inside your home fresh for longer periods of time
  • Helps avoid or minimize moisture accumulation during the rains
  • Helps regulate the temperature inside the house during extreme winters and summers
  • Promotes better ventilation all around the house