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Old 11-24-02, 12:22 PM
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I bought an older home about a year ago. We have an old electric furnace which we hope to by the summer. Our concern however was the outragous electric bills that we had during the fall and winter months. Our first year here (We rented) Some months bill was up to $1300. We had a lot of ice hanging from all our roof and it ended up causing some water damage to our house.
We had an energy audit done and found out we have NO insulation at all in our house. There is no way we can afford a contactor to do the work and we are at a loss of where to get started. Plus It was also shown to us that we have the old wall circulation, where in the basement you can look up between the walls to the attic. Should we nail board in the basement to cover this up and then blown down into the wall?
We were thinking of blowing cellous (sp) in the attic and in a crawl space under another roof. Would this be the best choice. Next year we are tearing out the walls to replace them with drywall and to allow us to add duct work upstairs (added two vents and used some flex tubing to allow use to get some heat upstairs to get us by until we can replace of furnace. We will be installing more electrical outlets and some lights as well. We will be added wall insulation as we do this, which will save us a little money too.
But we were concerned about losing the insulation we need to put up there now. But we found some metal hangers that can keep it up in the attic. But wwere wondering if it would be just as good to lay down plastic and the blowing in the insulation?
If could really use some quailty resources and any advice from people who have installed insulation in there homes.
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Old 11-25-02, 06:30 AM
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Thumbs up Insulation

Get some R11 rolls and put them in the attic between the joists.
The blown in type tends to settle over the years and loose value.
The first 3" does 70% of the work.
Forget about the walls, unless you plan on opening them up for other reasons the work isn't worth it.
Blocking the gaps at teh bottom sounds like a good idea though, it will at least create a sealed area between in the wall.
Don't forget about gaps and cracks around doors, windows, sills, plumbing fixture etc.
Some weatherstripping, a roll of insualtion to fill misc gaps, and a can of insualting foam will run you less than $40.00 and will save you that in 1 months heating costs !!!!
Also replace that heating system with a heat pump or gas, this will cut your heating bills in 1/2 in itself
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