Updating house insulation
Prehistoric man used animal skins to provide a buffer against the weather, and both ancient and modern humans have taken refuge in homes carved into the earth to maintain a comfortable temperature.With each new age, from the Roman Empire to the early 20th century, people have cobbled together organic matter to stuff into walls, hung tapestries over bricks to keep chilly drafts at bay and discovered the natural cooling properties of thick mud walls.Eventually, pioneering minds of the modern era devised insulation solutions that don’t require any foraging or weaving.Renovators—both DIY and professional—now have a variety of insulating blankets, foams, fill and boards to choose from.I estimate the payback for air-sealing and upgrading attic insulation to be realized in three years.
" That's a valid question but you need to think of air movement in your house as if the house were a chimney. So, I want you to insulate your attic space to an R-value that matches the region you live in. Most building codes today require that when a new house or addition is built in a northern climate, it must have a vapor barrier.
When a new house is going up, they frame the sidewalls and install exterior sheathing.
The next step is to go inside and install fiberglass, batting insulation between the 2" x 4" or 6" studs.
Military families are often on the move, and many choose to purchase their homes, even if only for a few years.
Insulation upgrades can be a cost-effective upgrade that improves your enjoyment of your home while you’re there, and may pay for itself when you sell.