Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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How Much Insulation Do You Need in Your Home

Insulation in your home is important to reduce heat loss and gain and save energy. How well a particular type of insulation works is determined by its R-value, which is a measure of the insulation’s resistance to the transfer of heat. Watch this video to find out more.
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How to Insulate Attic Stairs in Your Home

Folding attic stairs can be one of the biggest culprits for air infiltration of your home. To fix the problem install foam weather stripping around the perimeter of the attic stair opening or construct an insulating stair cover. Watch this video to find out more.

How to Insulate the Floor of a Finished Attic

Nicole asks, "When finishing an attic, which way should I face the insulation, or should I use nothing at all?"

Since both the attic above and room below will be heated, you can use unfaced insulation without a vapor barrier or no insulation at all. Read on to find out more.

How to Cut Fiberglass Insulation Fast

While fiberglass insulation is usually cut with a utility knife, one of our viewers came up with a novel idea which worked great and gets the job done in no time. Read on to find out more.
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How to Install a Showerhead

Replacing your existing showerhead with a low-flow water saving model is both good for the environment and can save money on your utility bill. Watch this video to find out how to go about it.

How to Make Floors Warmer Over a Crawl Space in Winter

Glen asks, “Can I install a plastic sheet over the existing insulation under the crawl space of my house without causing mold to the insulation?”

A better approach would be to limit the ventilation in your crawl space during the winter, and cover the ground with plastic to reduce the moisture level under your home.
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How to Find Out if You Have Enough Insulation in Your Attic

Since up to 70% of the energy used in the home goes for heating and cooling, it’s important to be sure you have enough insulation. A simple test is to look in your attic. If you can see the top of the ceiling joists, then you need more insulation. Insulation comes in rolls you can install yourself, or it can be blown into the attic.
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How to Winterize an Apartment to Save Energy

Jac asks, “Any advice for simple, inexpensive ways to winterize an apartment?”

Since you don’t own your residence, your options for energy reduction are limited to ones that won’t require making physical changes to your apartment. However, there are still a number of ways you can save energy.
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How to Insulate Under Floors in a Basement or Crawlspace

Insulating the space between the joists in a basement or crawlspace can help reduce your energy bills. Watch this video to find out how.