When it comes time to prepare for the Winter season, it’s absolutely vital that you take the necessary steps to insulate your historic home properly and safely. Ensuring your home has sufficient, updated insulation is important because when the air outside begins to get colder and drier, you can have massive energy loss and non-efficient HVAC systems that can drastically increase your overall heating and cooling bills. Having a home contractor come to your house and checking over or replacing any needed insulation, in both your crawl space or attic space, can have huge benefits in the long run.
Deciding to invest in a properly-certified home contractor for your insulation replacement is critical! If you decide on replacing your insulation as a do it yourself project, it’s important to take the time to review and research not only the instructions on how to properly replace insulation, but the safety and security procedures you should follow as well, especially if you decide to use a material such as fiberglass or another material that can be inhaled into your lungs through the small particles.
Fiberglass in particular is very hazardous because the material tends to break down into very small particles, which in turn are very sharp and corrosive. Wearing the proper equipment when working in your attic or crawl space is just as important as the replacement process itself.
Some of the necessary items to prepare for replacing your insulation include:
- A fiberglass-rated mask: this is important because if you use just a typical “surgeon mask”, the micro-particles of the fiberglass can come through the thin paper filter, leading to you inhaling the particles, which is bad for your lungs.
- Baby powder: a surprisingly common tool of the trade, some contractors rub baby powder over their skin before they deal with fiberglass insulation, because it helps to prevent the particles from entering your pores and skin, causing irritation and potentially hazardous conditions.
- Insulation replacement tools: you should have some basic tools ready to go for the insulation replacement process, such as hammers, saws, nails, levels, wood slats, and of course, the proper insulation material that you prefer for the job.
Once you have all of the necessary items, and have taken the required steps and preparations for replacing your insulation, you can begin.
Some of our most important tips for replacing fiberglass insulation include:
- Checking the R-value of the insulation: this is the number on insulation that represents how much insulation-strength the material has. In general, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
- Verifying fire safety conditions: if you happen to have any specialized lighting such as recessed lighting, it’s important that you keep the insulation at least 4 inches away from the light fixture, to ensure there are no issues in the future. Insulation material is very flammable, and is prone to catching on fire quickly.
- Check for venting before replacing insulation: it’s vital that you leave all vents open and free in your attic/crawl space when you replace insulation.
If you decide to go through with a DIY insulation replacement process, following the tips we laid out, as well as doing your proper research beforehand, can be the difference between a seamless, easy project, and a potential nightmare in the future.