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« on: October 08, 2015 03:13:37 AM »

So we are in the process of moving to the old family farm house.  There is not insulation to speak of in the home.  We are only going to be there about 2 years while we prepare to build on the property, so we don't want to put to much in to remodeling it.  We also won't have time before it gets cold to just rip out the walls and put up insulation and new dry wall due to crazy work schedules right now.  So I am looking for thoughts and ideas on what we can use to insulate the walls.  I was going to get heavy blankets to put up, but it wouldn't look very good.  I saw online taking the pink insulation panels and cover them with fabric.  But I can't find out how the fabric is attached, but more important, how the panels are attached to the walls.  I would love to hear others ideas.  Suggestions for covering the walls directly with fabric, too.  What fabrics do you think would make for good insulation. 
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2015 05:53:18 AM »

Oh dear, well, when we put up the shell of our second floor, there was no insulation over a year or two until DH was ready to do the electrical and duct work.  I was concerned about loss of heat through the roof/second floor and efficiency of our AC during the summer, but we did not want to spend a lot of money on something that would end up possibly being thrown away.  So he found a form of styrofoam sheeting insulation.  It comes in large flat sheets so we were able to also lay it over the stairwell opening also without any extra support.  It doesn't have as high an R factor as the fluffy stuff (the higher the R rating, the more insulating it is), but it sounds like anything is better than nothing.  Maybe you probably can glue something onto them or paint them to make them more appealing, but I would ask before piercing them.

You could also maybe look into things like caulking the windows or putting a weather barrier on them in the winter, changing the weather stripping on the doors.  Thicker, heavier curtains, at the windows, and floor coverings will help too.  What kind of heating do you have?  If there are unused rooms or areas in the house, you may want to close off the heating ducts there and shut and seal the doors to those areas.  Then there are the little things, like wearing layers, and hot water bottles in bed, layers of covers, flannel or microfiber sheets, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2015 06:15:42 PM »

Bubblewrap is a relatively inexpensive insulation for windows, and still lets in the light.  We put it up every winter and it helps tremendously in our house which we heat mostly with a wood stove.

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