A Cost Friendly Hack for Effective Ceiling Insulation
Our ceilings play an important role in our homes. Not only can they make a visual difference to a room, and tell a story about a space (think ceiling roses and old-worldly charm vs. a suspended ceiling that gives a modern edge), but they also perform a functional role in their contribution to heating and cooling.
If you have ever spent time in an older building with high ceilings – be it summer or winter, you will notice that without any introduced sources of heat, the rooms will be cooler than say a newly built home with standard ceilings.
The type of ceiling we have, and how we insulate it can have an impact on our hip pocket, especially in Perth where we have hot days and cold winter nights.
Being creatures of comfort, we tend to like not feeling too hot, or too cold, which is where ceiling insulation can help – and it’s a cost-effective solution to your home.
What insulation should I use in my ceiling?
There are different types of ceiling insulation out on the market. You want to look at how much space is in the ceiling cavity, and consider the following types:
- Glasswool – like Pink Batts
- Reflective insulation
- Materials made from recycled paper or shredded cellulose
How do I choose the right one?
When you are looking for a solution, you want to know the R rating. In a nutshell, the higher the R rating that insulation has, the greater the insulation effect and the better the energy savings for your home or commercial space.
Glasswool works by providing thermal insulation and can be installed as either loose material or in batts. You also have the option of choosing one that helps with acoustics, which can be a great choice to look after your energy, and the transference of sound if you have a home office set up.
Reflective insulation works by reflecting heat back up toward the roof. Made out of foil, it can prevent the transfer of heat into a cavity, so it might be the ideal during summer, or in warehouses with metal roofs, but you might need a different choice for a tiled home.
Materials made from recycled paper or shredded cellulose tend to have a high R rating and are a low-cost choice that can result in savings on your energy bill.
How do you insulate a ceiling?
As ceilings can become quite hot thanks to their (mostly) small spaces between the ceiling beams and the roof, its a good plan to complete any insulation works early in the day.
You will want to have appropriate safety gear, and be sure to have your power turned off, as there are plenty of electrical cables in the ceiling thanks to lights.
A good checklist on the safety gear front is to ensure that you have:
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask
- Stanley knife
- Measuring tape
Next, you will need to measure the space inside and work out how much insulation you need. You will want to measure between the joists in the ceiling , as the insulation will go between the joists, and not over them. Also remember that insulation is not to go over any light fittings, as this can be problematic, and a safety risk.
Once you have your measurements, you will want to cut your insulation to size.
Finally, start installing your insulation, making sure that you follow any manufacturer guidelines.
If you are within your ceiling cavity for any of this work, be sure that you don’t stand on the ceiling plasterboard, as then you could create a whole other project!
Once you have completed your ceiling insulation, get ready to enjoy the benefits to your energy bill.
If you would rather get a professional to manage your ceiling insulation Perth, why not get in touch with one of the team who can answer any questions.