A wide array of insulation for effective attic insulation

Insulating your home and especially attic, is like insulating your purse against high energy bills. Care should be taken to insulate your attic well to improve energy efficiency, increase comfort level of your home and lower energy bills. The attic floor especially has to be insulated extremely well, so that hot air does not enter your living room through gaps and holes of the attic. In this blog, I am going to discuss what kinds of insulation are available and how they are most suitable for different areas.

1. Roll fiber glass insulation: Consists of bats or blankets.

Areas: Suitable for gaps between beams and joints.

Benefits:

  • Thermal efficient.
  • Light weight and flexible.
  • Absorbs sound and reduces noise level.
  • Not allows the growth of moulds and mildews.
  • Does not absorb moisture.

  2. Loose fill insulation: Consists of fiber glass, cellulose or rock wood pellets or fibers.

Areas: All small and irregular spaces.

Benefits:

  • Least expensive
  • Easy to use
  • Absorbs sound and reduces noise level.
  • Covers all spaces in a better way.

3. Light foam Insulation: Consists of flat sheets

Areas: Any part of the house like side walls, ceilings, floors and others.

Benefits:

  • Offers higher ‘R’ value.
  • Can be molded easily to suit requirements
  • Easy installation
  • Enables a warm draft free home.
  • No health hazards involved.

4. Spray foam insulation: Consists of isocyanate and polyol resin that comes out as foam.

Areas: Roof tiles, concrete slates, cavities in walls, all holes on the wall and any gaps of the ceiling and floor.

Benefits:

  • Stops air and moisture entering home
  • Lowers energy bills
  • Keeps dust and pollen out
  • Covers all gaps, cavities and holes.
  • Does not sag.
  • Insulates completely.
  • Improves efficiency of HVAC units.

Different kinds of insulation should be used at different places to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Choose attic insulation that has a high ‘R’ value. The US Department of Energy recommends attic insulation that has an ‘R’ value of R38 to R44. The ‘R’ value represents the insulation’s capability to resist heat and prevent them for entering home. So choose a proper home insulation and make your home as comfortable as you can.

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