Living Prepared

28
Aug

Which Type of Insulation is the Best?

It’s a trick question, because it really depends on your home and how much work you’re willing to put into it. Are you currently in the process of building your dream home or do you own an existing home?

Insulation reduces unwanted heat loss or gain and can decrease the energy demands of heating and cooling systems. The R-value is a big factor in selecting insulation, but if your home is already finished, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to add new insulation depending on what kind you want.

The R-value is the rating given for how well the insulation prevents the transfer of heat and the rating can be affected by improper installation. Follow instructions carefully when installing it yourself and make sure to do your research if you’re choosing a professional to do the installation for you.

So which type of insulation is right for you?

Blown-in or Loose-fill

  • This can be funneled into closed walls and unfinished attics.
  • Made of fiberglass and cellulose.
  • Professional installation required

Batts & Rolls

  • These are fitted between standard sized studs or beams in unfinished spaces.
  • Made from fiberglass, mineral wool, as well as plastic and natural fibers.
  • Install it yourself - DIY!

Foam Boards

  • Boards are fitted to the unfinished interior or exterior of the home.
  • Made from various hard, polymer foams.
  • Professional installation required.

Spray Foam

  • This can be sprayed into finished and unfinished spaces regardless of shape.
  • Made from polymer or cementing foams.
  • Professional installation required.

Reflective

  • These sheets are placed between unfinished studs, rafters and beams.
  • Made from foil paper, film, plastic bubbles, or cardboard.
  • Install it yourself - DIY!

There isn’t one superior type of insulation, but there is one that’s just right for your home.

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