Every homeowner could probably save more money than they do currently if they knew how, and one way to do this is by insulating ducts. Unprotected ducts allow your temperature controlled air to escape, meaning that your heating and air units work over time and in the end they use more electricity than they should. Thus they cause more electricity to be used, which means more green house gases. So not only will you be saving yourself money, but also helping the planet. So here are some of the ways that you can make your house and their ducts more eco-friendly.
Step 1 - Examine Your Home
Take a look around and see where it needs the extra insulation. Take photos, measure and take notes. Add in other factors such as price, weather and where it will be. Do not just think about the attic or crawl space, also take in which rooms seem to to have the extreme temperatures during all seasons.
Step 2 - Research
Not every home is going to work well with certain types of insulation. So before you begin insulating the ducts, research your options for what will be the best option and value for your money. Keep in mind that you should also count you climate in, when weighing your options, as well as if you have kids or pets. Some types of insulation are poisonous to children and animals if they attempt to eat it.
Step 3 - Shop
When buying insulating make sure that you bring your notes and get the right amount that is needed for certain areas. Try to buy the kind that is easy and safe to install. Here are some of the types of insulation that is often used for insulating ducts.
- Loose Fill Insulation
- Bonded Logic Insulation
- Batt or Blanket Insulation
- Rigid Board Insulation
- Spray Foam Insulation
- Bio-based Insulation
- Sips or ICFs
Those is the main options available, but over time more eco or green friendly should be out in the market. You could also look for other alternative options regarding insulating ducts, but they will likely be higher priced and harder to find.
Step 4 - Prepare
Once you buy the insulation, prepare the areas by moving out stuff that mights get in the way of installing. Be prepared to wear old clothes and a mask for when in the installing does take place.
Step 5 - Install
You can hire a professional or do the job yourself, depending on what type you have chosen to buy. However, you should use a professional if you do not know how to do the job or you just do not want to bother with it. Otherwise, just follow instructions on the packaging.
After the installation happens, you may need to reapply it on some of the thinner areas. But only if the insulation ducts can be seen underneath the insulation. Other than that, the insulating on the ducts should last either a lifetime or until the insulation is damaged via aging, pests or weather.
You should take a look at the insulation at least once a year, to prevent mold or to help keeping your home as energy-efficient as possible.