Home Energy Efficiency: Renovations and Insulation

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Adding insulation during home renovations saves homeowners money and energy by conserving heat. Before starting any insulation project, be sure to determine the type of insulation that best suits your project.

Foam Insulation

Projects that include adding insulation to unfinished walls, ceilings and floors can use rigid foam insulation. Foam insulation comes as boards of solid foam that offer a relatively thin insulation barrier while preventing heat transference.

When used on interior walls or ceilings, foam insulation needs to be covered with some form of material for fire safety, such as building-code quality gypsum board. If installed on exterior walls, foam insulation must be covered with weatherproof facing.

Spray Insulation

Home renovations often require adding insulation to finished walls or around obstructions. Spray insulation is blown into the desired location using special equipment. Spray insulation may also be used on unfinished attic floors. An alternative to spray insulation, blown or loose-fill insulation may be used for wall cavities and other hard-to-reach places.

Reflective Insulation

Reflective insulation is made from foil attached to cardboard, kraft paper, plastic film or polyethylene bubbles. Easy to install by DIY enthusiasts, reflective insulation can be fitted between studs, joists and beams.

Insulation Installation Safety Tips

Whether you use foam or spray insulation, you must protect yourself from particles of insulation, which can irritate the skin and cause burning sensations. Wear protective clothing and gear when working with insulation, including:

  • Dust masks designed for insulation installation
  • Gloves
  • Hat to protect hair
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Safety goggles
  • Socks and safety shoes.

Always use gloves when handling insulation. If your bare hand does come into contact with insulation, wash your hands immediately to prevent insulation particles from traveling to other areas of the body. If you have long hair, tie it back and cover it to prevent insulation particles from getting stuck in your hair.

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