7 Simple Steps to Home Insulation
What helps people, pocketbooks and the planet? Home insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) wants you to know that insulation, especially ceiling/attic insulation, is one of the best things you can do to lower your energy bills, improve health and increase the comfort in your home. You can also do it yourself in less than one day.
Here are 7 simple steps from NAIMA on how to insulate the ceiling in your home:
1.The first thing to do is to wear appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, long pants, gloves and a dust mask. Then check to make sure that your insulation material is the correct width and R-value (R=resistance to heat flow) for the location.
2.Fit insulation tightly between and parallel to the attic framing.
3.Ensure insulation extends to the outside edge of the exterior top plates and is placed against any ventilation dams/baffles.
4. Make sure the ends of insulation are tightly placed together together under the attic framing.
5.When using kraft-faced batts insulation, secure the tabs the underside of ceiling frame. Note: no kraft paper overlapping is required.
6.When using vapor retarder and unfaced batts, fasten vapor retarder to the underside of the framing once batts are installed. Overlap seams should be at least 2 inches.
7.In the attic, install a card that shows that insulation levels in your house meet code requirements.
Insulating ceilings not only reduces heat loss in the winter and heat gains in the summer, but it also improves comfort by providing an even temperature distribution throughout the home. To learn more about the benefits of home insulation, checkout NAIMA’s cool animated video and visit http://www.naima.org/insulation-knowledge-base/