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Insulate your Ceiling or Attic to save money

So you can't afford the heating bills but you can't afford to insulate the whole house like you would like to do. What part of the house makes the most sense to insulate first? There are some clear choices that will give you the most for the least.

Go to the attic and take a look to see what you have there. It's plain and simple. You should have learned it in high school. Heat rises. If you have little or no insulation in your attic then there is no question about what will give you the best return for your money spent. Buy whatever insulation you can find that will be able to be placed in your attic space. For some houses the blown-in cellulose will be the best option. For other houses you may be better off rolling out some fiberglass insulation. Get help with your decision. Make sure that the person that you look to is not just trying to sell on their particular product. Find someone that handles multiple products or that sells no products but has a good knowledge of how to insulate correctly.

The next best thing to do may not be nearly as clear. If you have very poor windows and your curtains look like a flag blowing in the breeze on a windy winter day then you should probably spend your money there. If you have good windows but no insulation in the walls then you need to insulate the walls. Depending on the way the house was built then you may have an easy job on a very hard one. Getting insulation in the walls of some houses is almost impossible. I live in a house that has brick on the outside, plaster on the inside and just a bit of an air gap in between. To get any insulation on the walls I would have to insulate on the inside and then stud the walls and then redo all of the spaces around the windows. To insulate the walls of my house would be a nightmare and very expensive.

Just like with many things, there are sometimes that where to insulate is a very easy and clear choice. In many cases though, the choice is not nearly so clear. Seek the help of a professional to help make the choices that you need to make.

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im not getting enough air out of registers

There is usually a hot room in the house. Check your vent see if there is good airflow and if its cold. Then Check your windows and doors in your house. Good curtains and Insulation of the house are key. You lose most of your heating and cooling through doors and windows, sealed well or not. Thick curtains will make your house colder/warmer and lower your power bill.

Apr 03, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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