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What You Should Know Before You Insulate Your Home

by Emily
(Detroit, USA)

Before you start your home insulation plan, it is very important that you understand that you can use various materials for the system. Aside from that, you must also be aware of the different characteristics related to the home insulation system at the same time.

These characteristics are the following:

1. Batts (also called as blankets) and rolls – these products are very flexible and usually created from rock wool and fiberglass which are great sources of mineral fibers. More often than not, this type of insulation is used on walls, floors and attic since the widths are perfect for such spaces. The 2 x 4 walls can actually hold as much as R-13 up to R-15 batts. On the other hand, the 2 x 6 walls can hold products having R-19 or at least R-21.

2. Foam-in-place insulation – this is actually the most common type ofhome insulation. It can be easily placed in walls and can effectively reduce the leakage of air. Other than the walls, the foam-in-place insulation can also be used in door frames and windows as well.

3. Loose-fill insulation – more often than not, the loose-fill insulation is made from rock wool or fiberglass. But there are also some loose-fill insulations that are made from cellulose which is in fiber form. It can easily be used in building attics and cavities with the help of special insulation equipments. For spaces that an insulation system can be difficult to install, the loose-fill insulation is the contractor’s first choice.

4. Rigid foam insulation – this is a type of foam insulation which is two times pricier compared to the fiber insulations. However, this is the best option for limited spaces and space where it is essential to have higher R-values. Usually, the R-values of the rigid foam insulation start at R-4 up to R-6.5 for every inch of thickness. This is also far better if you would use other materials for insulation which has the same thickness as well.

Now that you know that the materials you can use and the characteristics of these materials, start asking yourself if you really need to put up an insulation system in your home. But before you can answer that, here are some of the factors that may help you make a wise decision.

• It is important that you insulate your home if you have been living in it for a long time yet do not have an insulation up to now. Today, there are only about 20 percent of homes built before the 80’s that have great insulation system.

• You become very uncomfortable during summer and/or winter. If you have the perfect insulation system, you could create a temperature inside your home where you will be at your most comfortable.

• You renovated your home by adding new walls, roof, or added a new extension at your house.

• Your energy bill is skyrocketing.

• You are annoyed by the noise created by the insulation muffles.

Most of the above reasons really are “no-brainers, home insulation saves you money & helps reduce the demands on our fragile eco-systems…..do it now!.

Updated: October 11, 2013 — 4:39 pm

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