You are losing money! It is going up through your ceiling and out into the air. The Good news is that you can stop quite simply. You who are reading this article are looking a little cross-eyed at the above, but it is true your home if it has a normal ceiling or attic is wasting you hundreds if not thousands every year in higher heating and cooling costs.
Your solution is simple insulate you attic and you can do this a number of ways that meets the new SANS regulations and depending on what zone you are living in. Isotherm insulation and aerolite insulation are the 2 most popular insulation products.
This pays you dividends in a number of ways.
l Your energy costs go down, as you can save up to 30% on your energy bill
l You fall in line with the government’s guidelines that can save you cash at tax time
l You help the planet by going green and cut down on your home’s carbon emission footprint
How to go about is also as the rest of this article will explain for you.
Insulation for your ceiling or attic is the secret
Heats rises and guess what that means. It goes right to the ceiling/roof and then passes though your attic (if you have one) and out into space.
To keep the heat in while it is cold and prevent heat from penetrating from outside you need a heat shield like the ones on the space capsules that land the astronauts back to earth from space.
You also need to know the R-value (see references at end of this article) of your house’s location.
Next, you need the right material to build that barrier.
For that, you have 3 possible solutions for roof insulation and the first is:
Cellulose Fiber Insulation (CFI)
Sound impressive but in reality it is recycled paper ground into fine particles that can be blown from special equipment through a hose and that is brought up into the area between your ceiling and the roof.
If you have and attic it fills the spaces between the beams a joists. The beauty of this is that it can be installed quickly, depending on the R Value of your zone, you spray the required thickness and you are done, and you now have the heat barrier that stops you hard-earned cash from escaping. Your next option is: Cellulose fiber is not recommended for homes that have a tendency to have roof leaks as paper that aborbs water increases it weight quite substantially and this could be a problem for ceiling or structural damage. More info on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulose
Spray foam insulation
The upside is that it will fill and seal all the gaps, insects, and rodents find it unappetizing and they go elsewhere. So, you seal your ceiling/attic and the critters stay away.
It however can be expensive to install yourself, as it requires a special sprayer and compressor to do correctly. So this leaves us with a final option, which is.
That’s the pink aerolite insulation stuff you see at the home supply centers.
It is a spun fiberglass material and some of its advantages are that it can be cut into sections and laid down like carpeting and the amount needed to reach your R-Value(see references at end of this article) is less than that of Cellulose Fiber Insulation and even beats Spray Foam.
It also can be cut to size using hand tools, gloves, and a filter mask.
You can insulate you home in a weekend and you’re done. Aerolite insulation is still globally regarded as one of the best roof insulation products. The price is the most affordable and the lifespan is known to exceed 30 years. Read more on Eco friendly Aerolite insulation
You can save up to 30% on your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable at the same time.
You have three ways you can achieve this with CFI, Spray Foam, or Aeolite Insulation.
Many choose Aerolite insulation as it goes in quicker and cheaper than Spray Foam. It is also easier to put in than either CFI or Spray Foam. When you are thinking about insulating your roof or attic, you can use any of the methods we have talked about today.
The simplest is of course using aerolite installers. So you can Go GREEN by Thinking Pink Aerolite