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Springtime Insulation Tips

Springtime Insulation Tips

April 3, 2020

springtime insulation tips

We at DFW Thermal hope you are staying safe and social distancing to the best of your abilities. If you’re staying inside and working from home, you might have more time on your hands to do some spring maintenance. Inspect your home to ensure it is properly sealed and insulated for the new season with these springtime insulation tips!

1. Check for Air Leaks

Air leaks can cause conditioned and clean air to escape from your home, while unconditioned air makes its way inside. This can lead to loss of energy and worsening indoor air quality. Make sure you don’t have any air leaks inside your home by trying out a few techniques.

  • Flashlight Method

Inspect for any gaps or cracks in your home near your windows and doors. If you notice a potential leak, have someone shine a flashlight through the gaps from indoors while you stand outside—be sure to do this when it is dark outside. Check for rays of light coming through from inside your home; if you can spot them, you might have an air leak.

  • Dollar Bill Method

Take a dollar bill or any piece of paper and shut your door or window on it. If you can easily pull the bill or paper out, you might have a leak in your door or window.

2. Seal Up Your Home

Once you find the air leaks, figure out ways to seal them up. While air sealing and insulation are different, they both contribute to energy savings. That’s why it’s important to ensure your home is properly sealed up. You can do this by inspecting the weatherstripping on your doors and windows—weatherstripping is a sealant that is made of materials like felt, self-stick vinyl, foam or tape. Its durability varies depending on the type of material, but it can be effective in protecting your doors and windows against extreme weather and keep your home airtight. There are many options on the market when it comes to weatherstripping and most can be found online!

Another way to seal your home is by adding foam gaskets or aerosol foam behind your outlets and fixtures. Air can easily escape from the open space behind outlets and can cause an unnecessary increase in your energy bill. Follow this helpful guide by the pros at DFW Thermal to learn how to seal up your outlets.

3. Check Your Attic Insulation

Having enough attic insulation is important to ensure your home is properly insulated. As the new season approaches, take a moment to inspect your attic insulation. Start off with a visual inspection by skimming the insulation amount you have. If the insulation material is levelled with or below the attic floor joists, that means you don’t have enough insulation. If it is above the joists, that means you have enough insulation material, but you still need to measure the R-Value rating. This rating determines how efficient the insulation material is in resisting thermal energy. The higher the rating, the better. To measure and calculate the R-value in your attic, check out this guide!

If you determine that you don’t have enough attic insulation, get in touch with an insulation contractor you trust. Be sure to call beforehand and ask about their hours and availability as they might have changed due to the precautionary measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you want to get in touch with the pros at DFW Thermal, you can always call us at 214-731-3115 and ask about our services and hours.