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The Best Insulation For Your Home

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If you’re looking to save on energy costs then you should understand the importance of a well-insulated property. Insulation could make all the difference in your energy savings and ensuring a comfortable environment. Heating and cooling makes up for 50-70 percent of the average home’s energy used. Correct insulation will help ease the stress on your HVAC units.

Insulation & Placement Options

1 – Loose Fill Insulation
Loose fill insulation (also known as ‘blown-in’) is ideal for areas that are hard to reach, the cavities of walls and the floors in an attic. This kind of insulation will settle eventually and reduce it’s effectiveness. You can learn by the designated R-value of the loose fill. It should depict it’s heat exchange resistance once it’s settled. However, it’s also possible to reduce the settling when filling walls with the addition of adhesives. When insulation is compressed it won’t live up to it’s R-value and you should avoid having heavy insulation placed on loose-fill insulation. The most common loose-fill types in homes today are fiberglass and cellulose.

2 – Insulation Blankets
You can purchase insulation blankets in rolls or ‘batts’ that are designed to fit standard widths and ideal for floor joists and between wall studs. Once a wall is constructed a contractor will install insulation rolls between the studs before installing the sheet-rock. In addition, they can be cut to accommodate outlets, switches and windows. While this type of insulation is effective, you need to consider the role of moisture and consider opting for insulation blankets that feature vapor barriers so as to reduce the risk of moisture damage. Your hired insulation installer professional will know how to place the vapor barrier insulation so as to be the most effective for your HVAC setup and local climate.

3 – Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is mostly ideal for hard-to-reach areas like irregular areas, in crevices and finished walls. When using spray foam, it expands after application helping to create a significant barrier to protect against water and is mold-resistant. There are two main kinds available in spray foam; closed-cell and open-cell. Open-cell kinds have a slightly lower R-value and are less dense than closed-cell kinds. Unfortunately, there is no ‘standard’ or ‘one-size-fits-all’ method regarding insulation. This is just another reason it’s recommended to consider hiring a professional to install your insulation. They will be able to determine what option is ideal for your needs because it’s a big part of their job.

Your Building Solutions Insulation Experts!

Whether you’re looking at which products are ideal for your new home construction or renovation project, Building Solutions is here to provide the superior help and service you deserve. Learn more about the variety of insulation we offer by calling us today.

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