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How to Weatherproof Your Insulation for Spring

How to Weatherproof Your Insulation for Spring

April 10, 2020

how to weatherproof your insulation

With the spring season having arrived, it’s time to start thinking about the ways you can weatherproof your home and your insulation. Don’t know where to start? The pros at DFW Thermal are here with a list of tips on how you can weatherproof your insulation.

1. Add Weatherstripping to Your Windows

Weatherstripping usually helps with air sealing rather than providing insulation for your home. However, with the new season arriving, it’s important to pick the right material to seal your doors and windows. There are several weatherstripping options on the market, allowing you to choose any material that works for you such as vinyl, metal, foam etc. If you want to weatherproof your windows and doors, it is best to choose a material that is durable in the face of extreme weather. According to this helpful guide by the Department of Energy, vinyl weatherstripping is on the durable side and can even resist moisture. However, it is a little more expensive than foam, which is cheaper but inefficient.

2. Consider New Types of Insulation

If you want to make a change to the type of insulation in your home, the arrival of a new season is the perfect time for that. Though keep in mind, with the social distancing orders put in place, you might want to consult an insulation contractor about the right time for changing your insulation.

There are various insulation materials on the market, each having unique qualities:

  • Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass is cheaper, non-flammable and has a decent R-value rating. However, loose-fill fiberglass insulation can settle overtime and lose its efficiency.

  • Cellulose

This insulation material is made of recycled material, can prevent air leakages and is a great green option. However, because it is made primarily of paper, it can absorb moisture.

  • Spray Foam

Spray foam looks like shaving cream when applied but when it cures it becomes an impenetrable barrier. It can prevent air leakages and is classified as flood resistant. The disadvantage of spray foam is that is a little more on the expensive side.

  • Radiant Barrier

This type of insulation does not rely on thermal resistance to insulate your home. It works by reflecting radiant heat and preventing heat gains during hot, summer days. It can lower cooling costs by up to 10% in sunny regions. However, it is not ass effective in colder climates.

It’s important to decide what your weatherproofing needs are before you pick new insulation. Consider the climate you live in, the R-value you need and go from there!

3. Consider Using a Dehumidifier

If you live in a hot climate, you know excess moisture and humidity can damage various parts of your home including the insulation. Humidity can especially build up in the crawl space, attic or basement (where good insulation is necessary) so it is important to lower the humidity in such areas. Consider getting a small, easy-to-use dehumidifier to place in your home’s crawlspace, so you can reduce its moisture content.

Want more tips on how to weatherproof your insulation for the spring? Get in touch with the pros at DFW Thermal! Call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service online!