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Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency With New Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 23, 2019
Custom Insulation Spray foam insulation in Boston, MA

Every moment that your home suffers from a lack of (or dated and ineffective) insulation you are wasting money to unnecessarily high energy bills. Not only will your long-run costs be greater you will be painfully reminded of the uncomfortable temperatures that your home cannot keep at bay. Insulation maintains the temperature in your home throughout the year. And doing so, your HVAC system will work less and yield greater results, meaning increased energy savings - permanently!

To choose the best insulation for your home from the many types of insulation on the market you will need to know what type and where you need it to be installed and the R-value you want the installation to achieve. Other considerations may include indoor air quality impacts, life cycle costs, recycled content, embodied energy and ease of installation.

There are mainly three kinds of insulation:

  • Blown-in insulation, such as fiberglass or (more commonly) cellulose, does an excellent job of spreading the insulation, especially into tight places. On the whole, cellulose tends to cost less than fiberglass. Both cellulose and fiberglass R-values are affected by settling over time and density so it is important to consider the minimum settled thickness when calculating the amount you need to buy.
  • Fiberglass batts or rolls offer a lot of convenience, though, it comes at a higher price and slightly less R-value per inch versus cellulose. This can be installed quickly without using any additional installation equipment. The insulation must be pushed firmly together and if you are installing more than one layer, each layer must be installed at perpendicular angles to each other. Fiberglass rolls and batts can be placed directly over cellulose insulation. They will work fine together.
  • Sprayed foam insulation combines both air sealing and insulation with a higher R-value per inch ranging from R-3.5 for open-cell to R-6.5 for close cell. Unfortunately, sprayed foam is expensive (though prices are slowly declining), requires special equipment (resins, spray hoses, gun, cleaner, protective clothing) and experience using the stuff to make sure the foam gets applied properly.

Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. Just remember that air sealing and moisture control are important to home energy efficiency, health and comfort.

We believe in the value of energy efficient homes because of the endless benefits it provide to the families and the environment.

For more information about insulation, contact Custom Insulation Company Inc.

Source: firstchoicepower.com




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