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Home Insulation 101: Knowing the Basics and Benefits of Insulation for Your Home:
Insulation for homes is more than just a trend or a vanity; it is a necessity that can greatly benefit a home. The Department of Energy has recognized the importance of insulation in a home, so much so that it has dedicated a part of their website discussing home insulation and suggesting places in a house that needs to be insulated.
Benefits of Home Insulation
The benefits that homeowners can experience have become the primary driving force in promoting and using home insulation.
According to the Department of Energy and insulation experts; properly installed home insulation can help homeowners save a lot of money on top of making their homes as comfortable as possible regardless of the season. Insulation can save homeowners a lot of money from heating, cooling, and electricity costs by ensuring that your homes are efficiently using every bit of energy it consumes.
With the right type of insulation material installed by a knowledgeable insulation contractor, insulation can trap the warmth during cold seasons and the cold during warmer seasons without overworking HVAC systems or allowing these systems to expend too much energy.
Insulation R Value and Types of Insulation Materials
It is important to note, that there are different types of insulation materials and they do not perform the same.The effectiveness of thermal insulating materials’to resist conductive heat is measured through the ‘r value’. As a general rule, good thermal insulators have higher r values while poor-performing insulators have lower values.
Although it is ideal to install insulation in a home, it is best to learn how the different types, sub-types, and their respective r value.
|Batting Insulation/ Blanket Insulation||Fiberglass Batting Insulation||3 – 4 per inch||Walls, ceilings, floors|
|Rockwool Batting Insulation||4 – 5 per inch||Walls, ceilings, floors|
|Cotton Batting Insulation||3.5 – 4 per inch||Walls, ceilings, floors|
|Loose Fill Insulation||Fiberglass Loose Fill Insulation||2.2 – 2.7 per inch||New walls, ceilings, floors, roofs|
|Cellulose Loose Fill Insulation||3.2 – 3.8 per inch||Walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, attics|
|Structural Insulated Panels/ Rigid Insulation/ Foam Board Insulation||Polystyrene Foam Board Insulation||3.8 – 5 per inch||New walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, attics|
|Polyisocyanurate Foam Board Insulation||5.6 – 7.7 per inch||New walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, attics|
|Spray Foam Insulation||Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation||3.5 – 3.6 per inch||Walls, floors, attics, roofs|
|Closed Cell Spray Foam insulation||6 – 6.5 per inch||Walls, floors, attics, roofs|
|Icynene Spray Foam Insulation||3.6 per inch||Walls, floors, attics, roofs|
Do-It-Yourself vs. Insulation Contractor and Insulation Company
Do-It-Yourself or DIYis always an available option for homeowner when installing insulation for homes; however, wrong and inappropriately placed and cut insulation can decrease the insulation r value as well as increase health risks. That is why, employing the services of an experienced and knowledgeable insulation contractor or insulation company is strongly encouraged!
Here at Synergy Insulation we are here to help you find the best, local insulation contractors.