Insulation: The Best Types

Insulation: The Best TypesHow to keep your home warm and comfortable in an efficient manner may cross your mind quite often during the winter in the Traverse City area. Sure, you can keep cranking up the thermostat temperature whenever you’re too cool, but you probably don’t want sky-high heating bills. By far, the more cost-efficient way to keep your home comfortable is using the right insulation types in the right places.

Rolls and Batts

If you’ve ever walked down the insulation aisle of your big-box home store, you may have noticed plastic-wrapped bundles of insulation rolls and batts. These insulation types are available in fiberglass and cotton. Both materials perform about the same as far as R-value is concerned.

Rolls and batts probably get used too often considering that they’re not very good at insulating irregularly-shaped areas or cavities. However, you would do fine using rolls and batts if you are simply adding attic insulation on top of existing insulation.

Blown-in Insulation

Blown-in is a much more efficient insulation choice to rolls and batts as far as insulation coverage goes. Blown-in insulation is available in fiberglass, rock wool and cellulose, which is blown by a machine through a large hose into your attic and/or wall cavities.

Cellulose offers higher R-value per inch than fiberglass and rock wool. It’s more sound-resistant, too. However, it’s heavier than its competitors, which needs to be considered when installing in your attic. You really can’t go wrong with any of the blown-in insulation materials.

Sprayed Insulation

Spray foam insulation, as the name indicates, is foam insulation that is sprayed on using a machine. Spray foam is ideal for new home construction by allowing you to move the insulation barrier from the attic floor to the roof line. You increase the usable square footage of your home, and can install your HVAC ducts within the conditioned spaces. Moreover, spray foam is great to install in the walls of an existing home or new construction.

To learn more about the best insulation types for your Grand Traverse County area home, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation types and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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