Did you know there are actually several different kinds of insulation you can have installed in your home? You’ve probably heard of fiberglass insulation, but there’s also cellulose and even spray foam insulation. Determining the appropriate type of insulation you should opt for depends largely on the setup of your home.
At Ambient Edge, we have ample experience helping customers select the right type of insulation for their homes. If you require insulation installation, give us a call at (888) 240-8283.
Types of Insulation
As mentioned above, there are several types of insulation you can choose to insulate your home. The four main ones are fiberglass, spray foam, rigid boards, and cellulose.
Fiberglass insulation is perhaps the best option for your budget, and it’s good for the environment because it improves energy efficiency in your home. Fiberglass insulation consists, as its name would suggest, of glass, and it is widely popular because it is not vulnerable to fire. You’ve probably seen fiberglass insulation in the form of what looks like thin hay bales (batts), but it also comes in rolls and loose-fill, as well as in ductwork.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation works by essentially sealing your home off from any drafts, which improves energy usage and decreases your utility bills. Many people love spray foam insulation because, in addition to keeping out the cold, it also reduces the amount of humidity in the home and acts as a kind of soundproofing. So, if you live in or near the city, you may want to opt for spray foam to reduce the amount of noise pollution in your home as well.
Rigid Foam Insulation
Forget everything you know about insulation always being light and fluffy. Rigid foam insulation is another kind of insulation but consists solely of thick foam boards. This type of insulation stays where you put it, and it’s water and pest-resistant, which makes it ideal for installing in damp locations like crawl spaces and basements.
There are three kinds of rigid foam you can opt for:
- Polyisocyanurate: Polyisocyanurate is perhaps the priciest option when it comes to rigid foam insulation, but it performs very well. You can usually tell you’re looking at this kind of insulation because it has reflective foil on both sides.
- Expanded Polystyrene: Expanded polystyrene is the least expensive option here, and it is also the most vulnerable to damage. This is a good choice if you’re on a budget and you know you’ll be placing this insulation in an area that doesn’t see a lot of activity.
- Extruded Polystyrene: Extruded polystyrene is usually either pink or blue and has a smooth plastic surface. This foam is water-resistant and holds up better than expanded polystyrene does.
Cellulose insulation consists of recycled material, which makes it one of if not the most environmentally friendly insulation options out there. It is a loose-fill kind of insulation, which makes it ideal for insulating your attic and walls. And, like spray foam, it also acts as a kind of soundproofing. It’s also easy for the installer to work with, since he can easily blow it into an open space, no matter the shape of the space.
It is possible to install insulation yourself, but if you don’t feel confident doing so, our team at Ambient Edge would be happy to help!
Locations for Insulation
There are several locations throughout the home where insulation can be installed. If you have an attic, then insulating the attic should be your type priority. This is because hot air rises and therefore can escape through your attic. The insulation helps to hold that hot air in the house where it belongs.
Next come the walls, both exterior and interior, then the floors. If you have a crawl space, this too can be insulated, as well as your basement.
Different types of insulation can be used for each area of your home. Talk to your installer about which options would work best for each area. For instance, for an attic, either fiberglass or cellulose are fine options. Whereas a basement would benefit most from fiberglass or rigid foam boards.
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