Heat rises, so it makes sense that in the winter, homes lose the most heat through the ceiling. Because of this, adding insulation makes a lot of sense.
Ceilings can be a bit tricky. Simply adding insulation to your ceiling won’t keep all the heat inside your home. If you’re going to do it yourself, make sure you read these tips to avoid making these common mistakes.
1. Not Sealing Leaks
Insulation can only do so. Roof spaces are notorious for having vent pipes, electrical cables, recessed lighting that create small spaces where air can get by. Sealing around these leak points will go a long way in reducing energy loss.
2. Not Sealing the Ceiling Hatch
The ceiling entry door, or hatch, is another place that’s often forgotten by homeowners, and surprisingly even professional insulation companies. Making sure the hatch has a tight seal will keep air from seeping through it and escaping into the roof. Conversely, in the summer, it will keep hot air from seeping down into your living space.
3. Not Insulating the Ceiling Hatch
Again, the ceiling hatch, because it is a moving part, is often neglected when it comes to insulation. If your hatch is left uncovered, it creates a large space where air can get through an otherwise through bed of insulation.
4. Not Allowing for Proper Ventilation
The other tricky thing about roof spaces is that they must have proper ventilation. Without it, homeowners can experience mold and mildew problems. A ridge vent (vent along the peak of your roof) combined with soffit vents along your eaves keeps your entire roof from getting warm.
Ceiling Insulation makes up for 25% of your home’s heat gain & loss
Whilst everyone generally relies on their air conditioners and heaters to keep their houses at a comfortable temperature, installing insulation will ensure these appliances are working effectively. Insulation blocks out excess heat from the home in summer and traps the warm air in winter, therefore you don’t need to blast your appliances all year long. This means you’ll save money on your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint. If you are considering insulation for your next project, contact the experts at No Gap Insulation, Melbourne’s favourites for insulation, at 8592 1900.