Home insulation is not something to be ignored or taken for granted. It is there to keep your home comfortable year round, as well as helps keep us from feeling the elements of nature. But not all residential insulation is created equal.
Like anything else in construction, there are a variety of choices and types to be dealt with, and each of them will affect your budget in some form. For instance, skimping on the type of insulation installed will result in higher energy bills later; paying for better insulation at the outset means lower energy bills later – it just depends on what approach you want to take. So, how do you determine what type of home insulation product will best suit your home’s needs? Here are a few things to keep in mind about the types of insulation options to consider.
- Batts and blankets are the most common type of insulation. They are perfect for small scale DIY projects but can be as much as 50% less effective than other types available today. However, they can be effective for wrapping plumbing elements.
- Fiberglass Batts and blankets are better than the previous type, and come in standard widths and thickness so that they fit easily between the walls and ceilings of the house, However, it can be a challenge to install and you will want to wear protective clothing to keep from itching later on. It should be noted that it is now being linked to various types of cancer, so use it sparingly.
- Rockwell insulation is more fire resistant, doesn’t cause itching and is super easy to install. However, it can retain moisture and harbor mold should it get wet.
- Loose fill fiberglass insulation is ideal for attics, but too puffy and thick to be of much use in the walls of your home.
- Loose-fill cellulose is ideal for any home in any climate, however, it does not do well as a ceiling insulator because it is too heavy.
- Spray foam is perhaps the most energy efficient choice out there, but it does need to be installed by a professional and will cost more at the outset (but save in the long run).
Your home’s insulation is not something to ignore or do on the cheap. Take the time to talk to area builders and learn what is recommended for n your home based on space, climate and any other parameters that might be in place. Then make an informed decision. Sure, it might take a little bit of time, but when your energy bills are lower than ever, you will be glad you did.