Home insulation is an important part of your house and a properly as well as adequately insulated house is essential not only to save energy cost and meeting energy standards but also the occupants in the house can live comfortably. The following paragraphs describe a couple of do-it-yourself (diy) steps in which you can take to easily find out if some parts of your house has adequate insulation or no insulation at all.
First of all, the following areas of your house should be checked to see if there is insulation being installed or applied.
• Ceilings below an unheated area.
• “Knee” walls of a finished attic level room.
• Floor of a crawl attic.
• The sloping portion of the roof in a finished attic. Leave a airspace between insulation and roof.
• Exterior walls.
• Floor above cold crawl spaces. Floors above a porch or an unheated garage.
• Walls of a heated basement.
In determining whether your house is adequately insulated, you should check the exterior walls and the ceilings and floors that face unheated areas, such as the attic and crawl space. In unfinished areas where the insulation is exposed (often in the floor of an attic or ceiling of a crawl space), the thickness can easily be measured. If the attic floor is covered, you can pry up one board and look for insulation. Determining the amount of insulation in a finished exterior wall is more difficult. However, you can make a quick determination whether the wall is inadequately insulated or has no insulation by feeling the inside surface during the heating season. If the wall feels cold to the touch, insulation is needed.
Sometimes you can determine the amount of insulation by removing the cover to a light switch and peering into the wall space, using a flashlight. Caution should be observed, since the switch is electrically hot. Because of the small amount of open space between the wall and switch box, this method is usually not effective. Also, it is possible that the electrician who installed the wiring might have pulled the insulation away from the switch and outlet boxes to facilitate installation. In this case, you might think that there is no insulation in the wall. The only way to determine positively how much insulation there is in a finished exterior wall is tot make a small hole in the wall (in a non-obvious location such as a closet) and measure it. The hole can then be patched.
In short, these are the DIY steps where you can take to easily determine adequate insulation or no insulated has been applied at all.
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