Heat rises, so ensuring that your ceiling has insulation installed is important, as a well-insulated ceiling will help keep energy costs to a minimum. There are a variety of options when it comes to insulation, but the simplest way to hang insulation in a ceiling is to opt for either fiberglass batts, or blown-in loose-fill insulation. The fiberglass batt insulation comes in relatively large rolls covered with a paper face on each side, while blown-in loose-fill insulation comes in bags. Generally, the best method for you to use depends highly on your access to the spaces between the studs.
Before you begin, always ensure that you are wearing proper ventilation control and safety gear, as well as a protective mask so that you don’t inhale any vile particles when working with the fiberglass.
The first thing you should do is to choose the type of insulation that best suits your particular project. If the ceiling is open—meaning, you can see the wooden studs from below—then you can use fiberglass batts. If the ceiling is closed and has an attic above it, you can insulate the ceiling by installing the same fiberglass batts or blowing some loose-fill insulation into the spaces between the studs on the attic floor.
If you are unlucky enough to have a closed ceiling and you don’t have access from above, then you will have to take matters into your own hands and remove the materials covering the ceiling to access the studs.
Then you should install the fiberglass batts in an open ceiling by filling in the gaps between the studs. To do this, measure and cut each piece of insulation carefully to size. Use the utility knife, or perhaps the heavy-duty shears to cut the fiberglass. To maximize your energy and effectiveness, aim to cut the insulation so that it fills the gaps exactly right. After that, place the fiberglass into the gap.
Use the heavy-duty stapler gun to attach the paper face of the fiberglass to the sides with the wooden studs. Do make sure not to stuff the fiberglass into place; fiberglass insulation is only effective when it’s quite fluffy and full of air.
Install the fiberglass insulation in a closed ceiling by filling in the spaces between the ceiling studs from the attic above. Carefully cut each piece down to size and lay it in between the studs. In this way, there is no need to staple it. Take care not to compress the fiberglass insulation as you install it. For spaces that need multiple pieces, butt the ends of the pieces against each other.
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Lastly, install the blown-in loose-fill insulation by renting an insulation blower. You can do this by either renting the insulation blower yourself, or by hiring an insulation company. If you would like professional aid and expertise, and happen to live in the surrounding area of Northeast Florida, consider contacting Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning. For more than 60 years, we have been providing the best home comfort systems to homes located in this area.
If you decide to go and rent a blower, carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing loose-fill material. Then set up the blower according to the instructions in the manual. Blow a thick layer of insulation in between the studs, and stop when you reach the insulation manufacturer’s recommended density of coverage.
And on a final note, do make sure that you are using insulation with the most appropriate R-value for your needs.
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