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Radiant barrier insulation saves money and lowers the cost of heating your home. This video demonstrates how to install radiant barrier, attic insulation foil chips, in your attic to reflect heat and cold and save energy.

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How to insulate an older brick home can be a challenge. If furring strips were nailed to the inner masonry, there is only a narrow 3/4-inch space to add insulation. Very old brick homes often have no space to add insulation as the plaster was applied directly to the brick wall.

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Foam insulation is very popular. I used spray foam insulation on one of my jobs years ago and had splendid results. But don't think for a moment that do it yourself spray foam insulation is possible. You need very special equipment to apply the foam insulation. Furthermore, if you put too much of the foam on the wall, it can expand far too much and you waste the expensive material.

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Installing insulation in your home is a fairly simple DIY project, and you need only simple tools that you likely already have around the house. Insulation is not the most fun project, however. Tips for installing fiberglass blankets or blown in insulation will advise on installing your insulation properly, whether DIY or hired.

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R value is an important number for homeowners to understand. Insulation r value recommendations have been updated recently by the U.S. Department of Energy. R values for your home insulation needs will depend on which zone of our country you live in. Insulation manufacturers are listed in the table and advisory below, as well as associations for additional information about insulation r values.

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Fiberglass has been improved with some new twists. Blown in insulation, of fiberglass, makes installing insulation easier in tight spots. Improved R value and health concerns have been addressed in another insulation product.

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Insulation for the home has been readily improved through the years. Both fiberglass and cellulose insulation, in batt or blown in insulation form, have certain advantages as well as traits that need special diligence. Assure proper R-value--and your own safety, by reading these guidelines and tips.

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Using R value guidelines to upgrade your insulation is likely a smart move. R values, established by the U.S. Dept. of Energy for walls, ceilings, floors, and other areas of your home, are really minimum requirements. Check insulation R values recommended for your area on the map and table here. Increased insulation R value in your ceilings and wall insulation will bank extra energy dollars saved in no time!

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