Smart moves for a warmer home

Do it yourself

Installing insulation can be a DIY project, but here are the caveats.

You’ll need to understand which types of insulation are best for your specific needs in terms of effectiveness and fire resistance.

Use the wrong type of insulation in your attic and an unattended light bulb that’s too close could set it on fire. Also, the vapor retarders that protect against moisture levels may be flammable even if the insulation they cover isn’t.

Improperly installed insulation can lose as much as 50% of its effectiveness. Consult the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association’s chart showing what R-value each area of your home needs.

Also, pipes that aren’t insulated can freeze, and blocking vents with insulation won’t allow air to circulate properly throughout your home, which can create moisture and indoor air quality problems.