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Batt insulation comes in pre-cut panels and is used to insulate floors, walls and ceilings. This type of insulation is generally made of fiberglass or rock and slag wool. There are also natural cotton varieties available for thermal and acoustic installation. Fiberglass batt insulation is one of the most popular forms of insulation, as it tends to be fairly inexpensive and easy to install. If installed properly, batt insulation can be effective, energy efficient and long lasting.

For batt insulation to be entirely effective, it is important to choose a suitable variety for the job. Pre-cut rolls may not fit a non-standard job area, so it may be necessary to purchase several feet and cut down the size of the insulation to fit the area. Flame resistant panels may be necessary in areas such as attics or basements where insulation may remain exposed.

If panels of insulation are cut to a customized fitting, it is important to make sure the panels all still fit tightly together with no gaps after trimming. Gaps in insulation may cause issues with effectively heating and cooling the home.

When adding blown insulation to your home, you need to consider the R-value. Enter the blown insulation thickness (in inches) in the field below. Click on “Calculate” and the calculator will provide you with the R-value.

Note: R-value is the measure of a material’s ability to resist heat conduction. The greater the material’s R-value, the better it performs as an insulator and the more money you save on your energy bill. All values assigned to insulation are based on specific thicknesses and are usually noted on the packaging. R-value can also be reduced if you compress the insulation in any way. Different areas of your home, such as roof or floor, might require different thicknesses of insulation depending on your region of the country.

Insulating your home is one of the big steps you can take in improving your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. Using a blow-in type of insulation is not as expensive as you might think and blow-in insulation can be added to areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. Many building supply stores will even give you free rental of the equipment if you purchase a set amount of material. Many homeowners may find that this is a job they can tackle themselves and if so there are pluses and minuses of the project to keep in mind.

Blow-in insulation can fit anywhere, even inside wall gaps of only a couple of inches.

Blow-in blanket insulation is less messy than a foam spray.

Blow-in machines will come with an adapter for using in holes on finished walls.

Blow-in blanket fiberglass based insulation will not settle in walls. Cellulose insulation may over time requiring the addition of more insulation.

Blow-in blanket insulation is fire resistant. Cellulose insulation has a chemical added as a fire retardant.

Blow-in insulation will not only add significantly to the R value but also will provide some noise reduction.

Foam board insulation, also called rigid insulation or bead-board, consists of large sheets of plastic foam. There are a variety of R-values, or measures of thermal resistance, used for different areas that are to be insulated. Foam board is easier to work with than fiberglass insulation because they are in rigid sheets and do not have the associated fibers that can cause allergic reactions such as itching and sinus congestion. In addition, foam board insulation is more resistant to mold and mildew than fiberglass insulation.

Radiant barriers consist of a highly reflective material, usually aluminum foil, which is applied to one or both sides of a number of substrate materials such as kraft paper, plastic films, cardboard, oriented strand board, and air infiltration barrier material. Some products are fiber-reinforced to increase durability and ease of handling.

Radiant barriers can be combined with many types of insulation materials in reflective insulation systems. In these combinations, radiant barriers can act as the thermal insulation’s facing material.

 

Did you know?

Foam Insulation can save you anywhere from 30-50% on your monthly energy costs, due to the significant reduction of attic temperatures. A foamed attic will be stay within 7-12 degrees of the temperature you set inside your home, as opposed to being based on the ambient temperature. That means no more stifling hot or freezing cold attic space, and therefore less energy and money to heat or cool your home.

Plus, foam insulation means your HVAC equipment will never again have to try to perform miracles in extreme heat or cold, reducing repair costs and prolonging the life of your equipment.

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