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Insulation is one of the most important tools you have for managing your home’s overall comfort and energy consumption.
Measuring Insulation Effectiveness
Being able to determine how effective different types of insulation are is essential in choosing which type to use. The purpose of insulation is to stop the transfer of heat and each type of insulation has a rating of how well the material resists heat flow through it. The higher the R-value, or resistance value, the greater the material resists heat flow, therefore the greater it’s insulating capability.
Which Insulation Is the Right Choice?
Determining which insulating material is right for you depends on what area of the home needs insulating, how much insulating power is necessary, and how many square feet you need to install. Comparing your needs with your budget will help make sure you get the best material for your home.
Fiberglass is one of the most common materials used for insulation. It is made from very fine fibers of glass and usually comes in rolls, duct insulation pieces, or loose-fill. Most fiberglass batts have an R-value of around 3.7 per inch and its effectiveness can be increased by layering the batts. Fiberglass insulation is a popular choice among homeowners because it is easy to obtain, easy to install, and it is relatively inexpensive.
Additional Fiber Types
Plastic – Usually made from recycled milk containers, it comes in batts and rolls similar to fiberglass and has an R-value around 4 per inch.
Cotton – Made from 85% recycled cotton along with plastic and fire-retardant minerals, cotton insulation is available in batts and rolls and has an R-value around 3.4 per inch.
Wool – Typically sheep’s wool is used and it is treated with the same minerals as other fibrous insulation for fire resistance and has an R-value around 3.5 per inch.
Spray Foam Insulation: Open & Closed Cell
Combing the high R-Value per inch of Spray Foam Insulation with it’s extremely low air filtration properties you can achieve a thermal envelope that is superior to more traditional forms of insulation. Investing in Spray Foam insulation will generate significant long term savings on heating and cooling costs over more traditional insulation methods.
Superior Performance and Long Term Value
Reduce heating and cooling costs significantly by great combination of R-value and reduction of air filtration.
No more hot and cold zones – by controlling the air filtration you will experience a consistent comfort in your home.
Improve air quality Less air infiltration means that pollutants, dust and allergens stay outside. Spray foam insulation will also not support the growth of mold or mildew
Noise Reduction Enjoy the noise reduction qualities of open cell foam
Will not sag or settle over the lifetime of your structure
Adding insulation to your home can be quick and clean. In many cases, installation can be performed in a single visit. Florida residents, find out how well your current insulation stacks up by scheduling an Energy Audit today.
Reduce Your Energy Costs
Together, sealing air leaks and adding insulation will reduce your heating/ cooling costs by reducing heat gains through a home’s building envelope saving you 10% on your energy bill and improving your home’s comfort.
Did You Know
Just because your home is new, doesn’t mean that it’s insulated even close to properly! If you live in the Tampa area, Energy Monster offers a no-cost, no obligation spray foam insulation consultation.