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Home Insulation Guide – Calculate How Much Insulation You Need

Home insulation process is applicable for converting any areas of your home resistant to heat loss. Whether it is attic, floors, windows and doors or floors of the house is catalyst to heat loss, seal the draughts with appropriate insulation methods. Even when you are using air conditioning appliances, costly and artificially conditioned air will be lost due to lack of insulation in your house. Insulation when added in right proportion retards natural tendency heat to move from warmer place to cooler region leaving and also entry of cold air into the house. Similarly, properly insulated house keeps the scorching heat off the house. The amount of insulation needed by your property differs from one property to another and also depends on the climate. Do you know how much home insulation your house needs?

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Measurement of Home Insulation

One needs to decide what type of insulation and in what proportion it is needed. The best possible way to know that is by calling utility professionals who provides information through “energy audit”. They take complete assessment on availability of draughts in the house and the area should be sealed with insulation treatment. Efficacy of any type of insulation is measured through R-value or resistance value of the material used in insulation. Home insulation materials vary in their R-value or heat resistance provided by every inch of thickness.

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The R-value tends to differ in different climate and the pattern in which the building is constructed. In the mild climate, the right proportion for wall insulation and floor insulation should be R-11 while for attic insulation it should be R-19. Likewise, in moderate climate regions, R-19 is the right amount of insulation for floors and walls and R-30 is appropriate for roof. Buildings in the colder climate regions require wall insulation and floor insulation of R-19, about R-38 to 49 for ceilings area.

To calculate the required amount of home insulation on the existing layer of insulation, first of all you need to switch off the electricity of the house. You should also unscrew electrical outlet cover and place a hanger in the open space. Use hanger to measure depth available to lay the insulation to that space. At the same time, see what kind of insulation is added to the area by removing some insulation using the hanger. You can also call for an insulation survey company or professional to inspect and give you detailed assessment of the insulation you have and require.

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