For homebuilding pros and amateurs alike, installing fiberglass batt insulation probably sounds like a piece of cake (in relation to electrical wiring or plumbing, that is.) However, not taking the application seriously may sabotage the effectiveness of your home's insulation. Installing fiberglass batt insulation requires a very careful approach to ensuring a consistent installation without gaps or compression.
If we think of a home's insulation like a coat in winter, we can see how gaps will sacrifice overall comfort. A hole in your coat where cold air can get in and warm air can get out won't keep you comfortable, just like gaps in insulation will cause a room to be less comfortable. And when we get too cold, most of us will simply crank up the furnace, which uses more energy. The same goes for adjusting the air conditioner in summer. To help keep energy bills in check and be comfortable, it's critical to ensure there aren't any gaps in the insulation.
By paying close attention to just a few techniques, even a beginner can install batt insulation properly. Follow these steps:
Improve energy efficiency and health by reducing air leakage.
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