How to insulate your house quickly for winter
By: Scott McGillivray
(NC) The Canadian climate gives us four unique seasons with a significant range in temperature and humidity. This presents a challenge for heating and cooling, but insulation can be the best line of defence to ensure a comfortable home year round. Proper insulation will keep you warm throughout the winter and cool in the summer.
On the other hand, a poorly insulated home can result in wasteful expenses. In the winter, there are a few signs that your house does not have adequate insulation, including:
• Walls that are cold to touch;
• Cold floors;
• High heating costs;
• Uneven heating levels within building;
• Mold growth on exterior walls;
• Heat spots on your roof after a fresh snow fall.
To make sure you keep as much heat in as possible and reduce your energy waste, now is the time to winterize your house. The attic can be the greatest source of heat loss so a simple solution to increase your home's energy efficiency is to top up your existing insulation in that space.
Over time, attic insulation may settle or compact creating gaps and loss in R-value, but with the right tools, fixing and upgrading is an easy DIY project. Opt for an easy-to-use, loose stone wool insulation, such as a product called, Roxul RockFill. It is designed to be spread by hand throughout the attic on top of the existing insulation.
To apply it simply open the bag, aerate the insulation with your hands (loosen it up) and spread it over the existing insulation. Make sure you fill in spaces around ducts, wiring and piping converting these awkward spaces into energy saving areas.
Scott McGillivray is a full-time real estate investor, contractor, television host, writer, and educator.
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