Three Types Of Blow In Insulation

Today every homeowner is looking for ways to save money. The cost of everything is through the roof, especially energy costs. Home heating costs have soared over 70% in some areas. If you live in an existing home consider the use of blow in insulation, which can help save 20%-40% on energy bills.

There are several different types of blow in insulation you can choose from when installing attic insulation. It's also possible for you to do-it-yourself if you're so inclined. You'll find fiberglass and cellulose the most commonly installed by homeowners. It's easy to find equipment to rent for this type of blow in insulation. Cellulose is often used because it has a higher R-value than other types of blow in insulation. Some homeowners prefer to use cellulose because it is a "green" product. It is made out of recycled newspapers and does not contain formaldehyde. Cellulose blow in insulation is also a loose product which helps it to seal different shaped areas more easily than other types of insulation. Cellulose also has more R-value per inch than blow in fiberglass.

Fiberglass blow in insulation is not combustible, which is important to some homeowners. It will also not lose any of it's R-value during it's installed lifetime. Blow in fiberglass insulation also gives a better R-value than a fiberglass batt such as Owens Corning insulation. This is because of the way the blow in fiberglass lays in the attic.

We also decided that along with attic blown in insulation we wanted residential foam insulation put in the walls. We decided to use foam because we read this is the most effective material for that application. Foam insulation will not shrink, nor will it expand so it's perfect for existing walls. It will also completely fill any shaped wall. Spray foam insulation also gives a bit of soundproofing in a home. You'll not be able to do your own foam blow in insulation. It takes special equipment so you'll need to have a professional do the job for you. This does mean that you'll incur some extra costs but in the long run the money saved on your energy bill will make it worth it.

Before you start any residential foam insulation or attic ceiling insulation project make sure you have a thorough understanding of the R-value of the insulation you're using and follow the manufacturers instructions to make sure you get the correct amount of insulative protection. Installing attic blown in insulation is easy to do for most homeowners. Make sure you also protect your body, eyes, and lungs from exposure to the insulation. Follow all safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer.