While some do-it-yourself projects can easily be completed by amateur tinkerers and DIY experts, certain home projects should be left to the professionals – one of which is attic insulation. When untrained DIYers attempt to install attic insulation on their own, they can make several costly errors that may actually reduce energy efficiency. Here are the most common DIY attic insulation mistakes.
Not Sealing Cracks or Openings
Failing to seal your attic from air leaks before installing insulation can lead to a myriad of problems in the near future. Air sealing helps prevent drafts, uneven temperatures between rooms, high energy costs, ice dams and more.
When installed properly, attic insulation can effectively reduce heat gain, lowering your heating and cooling costs. However, if you overlook holes and spaces in the attic floor or forget to insulate fixtures, you could be costing yourself energy. As part of the air-sealing process, you should fill in small areas with caulk before adding insulation.
Selecting the Wrong Insulation
Depending on your locale, there are specific residential insulation standards you need to abide by to comply with local building codes. Based on R-values and other factors, these standards indicate the level of thermal resistance needed to prevent heat loss in your particular climate, as well as which areas of the home need to be insulated. Failure to comply can result in costly fixes down the road and an increase in utility costs – especially if you install insulation with too low an R-value.
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