Choosing the Best Insulation for Your Home

It is almost obvious that most of the energy used in your home is for cooling or heating activities. You can improve the energy efficiency of your home when you decide to install the insulating material that gives you a comfortable indoor climate that is consistent.  However, the problem always arises when it comes to selecting the right insulation. The first thing you need to know when choosing insulation is the R-value.  This will help you know how well the insulation will resist heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the better the performance of the insulator. Here is some insulation you should consider for your home. 

Blankets of Insulation- Rockwool and Fiberglass

It is among the most common types of insulation in big home improvement stores. This kind of commercial insulation is sold in very large bundles of different thicknesses and widths.

This insulation gets the R-value by trapping the air around between tiny fibers. The small air pockets will then slow down the heat when it passes through the insulation. However, homeowners should note that compressing this insulation will squeeze out air pockets and decrease the R-value, hence reducing its effectiveness.

Blown-in Insulation

This kind of insulation comes in the form of small chunks. When installing it, the installer will take his best firefighter pose and hold a big horse that will blow the chunks into your attic. An enormous machine that is located outside will churn the pieces and use air to blow them up via the hose.

There are two choices of insulating materials when using this method of insulation- cellulose or fiberglass. The two insulate almost the same. Cellulose is from recycled newspapers, and on the other hand, fiberglass is from rapidly renewable resource--sand. Both choices work best in blown forms.

Foam Insulation

This is a very efficient insulator. It usually starts as a liquid that is poured or sprayed into wall cavities and expands to fill every cranny and nook. Some foams are ideal for retrofitting while others are only blown into new walls. This must be done by a professional so that the correct installation is done in your house.

This kind of insulation will stop air leakage and is appropriate where other forms of insulation are not ideal, such as in foundations.  You can take note of a new and greener of spray foams that are vegetable-based and contain small portions of corn fructose, botanical sources, sugarcane, and soy. This kind of foam is blown with hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), carbon dioxide or water, which will not damage the ozone layer.