With memories of winter fading fast, you might not be thinking about your home’s insulation, but the warm months are the ideal time for some simple DIY insulation projects with huge paybacks. Proper insulation - from roof to foundation - helps keep your home cool in the summer (and warm and cozy in winter).
In fact, 90 percent of U.S. homes are under-insulated, according to analysis by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. Adding insulation to your home is an easy way to save yourself hundreds of dollars per year in both heating and cooling costs, while helping to make your home more comfortable year around.
A trip to your local home improvement store to choose insulation can be overwhelming, though, given the dozens of options. Many homeowners will gravitate toward fiberglass insulation, as it is likely what they have in their homes and is familiar.
Fiberglass insulation. Advantages of fiberglass batts and rolls include they are relatively inexpensive and fit the stud and joist spacing in most homes.
Rigid foam insulation. Another DIY insulation option available at home improvement stores throughout the U.S. is rigid foam insulation. Of the several rigid foams available, expanded polystyrene can be used throughout the home, including walls, floors, ceilings and foundation walls.
Location, location, location. “Knee walls,” which are short walls with attic space directly behind them, commonly lack insulation, but are a prime source for heat loss.
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Attic conversions can add functionality
Homeowners are as eager as ever to convert attics, and the trend isn’t limited to people buying older homes. Many builders are incorporating attics into new construction to please buyers who want the flexibility of finishing the space as they like later on. Additional bedrooms and bathrooms are popular objectives of attic conversions. Homeowners with very large attics can convert the space into a dream master suite, complete with a spacious bedroom and full bathroom. If your home already has a great master, or if your attic space is more modest, you can still convert even a small attic into an extra bedroom or a half bath. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, a master suite addition recoups more than 64 percent of its cost when you resell the home. A bathroom addition returns more than 56 percent of your investment.
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Brighten your shelving
Traditionally, shelving is used as a place to display your style with trinkets, photographs or even art work, but simply adding a splash of color to the back of your shelves can make a dramatic difference to any room. Using bright colors to paint the back of any shelving can bring more attention to your style and can liven up any room.
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Old soda bottles bring life to plants
If you have plants or vegetables that grow better if moisture is delivered straight to the roots, you can use an old soda bottle to create a drip feeder. Simply poke holes into the soda bottle and plant (with the nozzle just above ground) it next to any plant. Once the bottle is filled with water, the bottle will ensure a slow release of water near the roots. This will also prevent fungus.
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