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Old 05-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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I have a 10x20 build out back and i want to insulate it but the cost to insulate it is out of my price range. What i was thinking was maybe if i got some thick covers or blankets and staple them to the walls and ceiling that might work idk.. i wont to get it insulated so an run my window AC and it keep it cool no problem..

So does nyone have Any sugestions on insulating my uilding without buying insulation

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Does your building have drywall covering the walls and ceiling? If so, drywall has some insulating value on it's own and your A/C may be able to keep up with the heat.

If you have bare studs/joists then just putting up a plastic vapor barrier will work better than blankets. Plastic keeps the hot and cool air from mixing.

Make sure your building attic is sealed off from the interior and that the attic is well ventilated. It should have soffit vents and ridge vents so hot attic air rises out the top and cooler air is drawn into the eaves. (Gable vents are useless unless the wind is blowing the right direction.)

Some say a radiant barrier against the underside of the roof deck helps... stuff's probably about as expensive as insulation though.

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If you can't afford insulation, I'm at a loss as to how you think covers or blankets are going to be cheaper.

One other issue....insulation is typically fiberglass....does not burn....covers and blankets? BIG fire hazard.
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in the long run, insulation will cost less.
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Dog hair from the groomers? Drier lint? Cattail fuzz?

Sorry,couldn't resist.
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