The best way to insulate an existing structure in your home or as an additional insulation is Blown In Insulation. Blown in insulation is also called as loose fill insulation, where loose particles are blown in to the structure’s cavities, between the interior as well as the exterior walls of the building.
Blown in insulation is classified based on the type of material used, some of the basic types of blown in insulation are fiberglass, cellulose and other mineral fibers. The most common and affordable option is the fiberglass insulation. In this type, small particles of spun glass fiber is used. In case of mineral wool, particles made of naturally occurring rocks and steel slag are used. In case of cellulose type, recycled newspaper and cardboard are used; they are first treated to become flame and pest resistant and then blown in.
Though there are Do It Yourself kits available in the market, it is always better if it is done by a professional, as that would result in an even distribution. Another issue with the DIY kits, is the fading ability to insulate, as the insulation will be higher initially and becomes less with time.
Some of the advantages of using blown in insulation are:
- It is very economical when compared to other forms of insulation.
- Installation cost is also less.
- Can be installed on any type of substrate, be it chimneys or even stove vents.
- The materials used are eco-friendly.
- It might also be used as a secondary insulation to increase the energy efficiency.
- It can reduce your energy bill by up to 30%
- It can extend the life of your air conditioner and heating equipment.
- It immediately increases home value.
- It reduced noises of appliances and other outdoor noises.
- Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Several studies prove that most existing homes are under-insulated and adding a blown in attic insulation can save a great deal of energy and impact the national energy requirements. In under insulated homes during the summer, the heat moves in through the attic, and therefore will make your home hot and humid. In the winter, the heat escapes out of the attic making your home cold and drafty. Insulation is rated in terms of R-value, and proper insulation with a good R-value can save more than 30% of energy normally consumed. In addition to that there are federal tax credits for insulation.
Check your home to find out if you need insulation. If the joists are visible in your attic flood then it means you don’t have enough insulation. Even otherwise there is no guarantee that you have enough insulation. Get a quote for blown in insulation today and set the ball rolling. Save energy, save the planet.