Installing Blown In Insulation

Is your attic properly insulated? Air gaps may be causing heat loss, costing you money. Loose-fill or blown-in attic insulation is a great solution that can help lower your energy bills. Learn all about insulation materials, safety procedures, and how to install your own blown-in attic insulation.

Check your local building code for R-value recommendations and any vapor barrier requirements that apply to your area. The R-value of the product indicates how well it insulates.

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Seal gaps that allow unconditioned air into the space you’re insulating. Pay attention to areas where plumbing, ductwork or wiring enter the space. To determine how much insulation you’re going to need, measure the length times the width of your attic to get the square footage. Then reference the back of the insulation package to determine the proper height to get the right R-value for your project. Wear an old long-sleeved shirt and long pants or even disposable coveralls. Check the insulation instructions for recommended safety gear such as eye protection, gloves and dust masks. Consider old insulation removal if you need to as well. Don’t put insulation over more insulation.

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