Are you losing heat through your attic and want to add more insulation? If so, this is a job that you can take care of on your own. Here are a few tips for getting this job done.
Consider Equipment Rental Costs
Chances are that you do not have the equipment to place the insulation in your attic, meaning you need to rent it. However, some home improvement stores may give you a discount or a free rental based on how much blown-in insulation you purchase. Keep this in mind when you shop around for equipment rentals and materials.
Buy More Insulation Than Necessary
You are going to have to return to the equipment store, which means that you're going back to where you purchased your insulation. That's why you are better off buying more insulation than you think you need and then returning the unused insulation later. It's better to have too much than too little because you're not going to want to stop and head to the store when you come up short.
Get Someone To Help You Out
Installing blown-in insulation is really a two-person job. One person needs to break up the insulation and put it into the machine on the ground, all while the other person is controlling the hose in the attic. In addition, that insulation needs to be broken up small enough so that it does not get stuck in the machine. Additional help will always be appreciated to make the job easier.
While blown-in insulation material is non-toxic, it's still a good idea to wear a mask, eye protection, and gloves to prevent irritation. In addition, the person placing the insulation into the grinder on the ground needs to be mindful about not reaching too deep into the machine. There are blades down there cutting up the insulation, so be extra careful feeding it in.
Place Insulation From Back To Front
You always want to work from the back part of the attic to the front portion where the exit is located. This will help ensure that you are not disturbing the insulation as you blow it in. In addition, make sure that you are not covering any gable vents or soffits as you go, because this can cause problems with the ventilation in your attic.
Add A Couple Extra Inches of Insulation
Know that the blown-in insulation is going to settle after a couple of weeks. It can be worth adding a couple more inches of insulation if you want to get it to a specific amount in your attic. If not, do not be surprised to see that it has settled when you check in on it later.
Contact a local insulation company, such as Top To Bottom Insulation, to learn more.Share
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