Winter is coming fast, and that cool breeze that you feel when all the doors are closed should not be there. Keeping warm in an old house can be hard and frustrating. At Parker Built Homes, we know exactly what you need to keep you and your family nice and warm. Here are 3 tips on how you can make sure your insulation is there and working properly.
How do you decide whether you need insulation?
The first thing you need to do is to determine if your home has insulation. That factor will determine the next steps for you. If you do not have insulation that would be a good time to call us and get your house insulated quickly and properly!
Old homes can be very drafty places and warm air can easily leave your house in a bunch of areas. There are a couple of places in your home that you can check to see if air is leaking out…
- Chimneys & fireplaces without working dampers
- Electrical outlets
- Recessed lighting
On very good thing to remember is that the main site of heat loss is through the top of the home. Heat rises and can escape though roofs that are not adequately insulated.
What do you do with existing insulation?
Existing insulation can be tricky to determine on your own whether it is time to replace it or not. Parker Built Homes has trained professionals that can come in and easily tell you if it is time to replace it or not. Most of the time, the problem lies in the old insulation that is already there and just needs to be replaced to keep your home warm again. At Parker Built Homes, we can take care of the entire process. We will remove & replace your insulation at a great cost.
What form of insulation do you use?
Building insulation can be classified into four general categories:
- Loose fill (cellulose, mineral, or glass fibers)
- Batts (fiberglass, cotton, or various wools)
- Rigid boards (composed of plastic foams or glass fibers)
- Expanding sprays (proprietary systems)
Batt and rigid insulation typically come into play during a major restoration that requires replacing walls or when you are installing insulation in unfinished spaces such as attics. The most common insulation retrofit for old houses is loose fill because it can reach places where it’s difficult to install other insulation. It also has the least effect on existing finishes.
Parker Built Homes
At Parker Built Homes, we want to make sure you know as much as possible about your insulation and what is going on in your home. We can come in, remove, & replace for a great cost. Call us today to get any information you need.