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Info about home insulation
Few homes around the world need insulation. We all want to live in those places, but most of us will need to install some insulation in our homes and businesses at some point.
Insulation is used to help with energy efficiency and it should be a top priority for homeowners in just about every climate and season. Few places in the world are the perfect temperature every day, so it pays to know where to find the best local insulation installation companies.
Choosing the best local insulation installers means you’re probably going to get the best insulation for your home. The local insulation contractors know what works best in your area. They also should know the safest materials to use.
Everyone should have a comfortable home with reasonable energy costs. Having proper insulation will make a big difference in these areas. Therefore, you should hire a local professional contractor to do it right. Make sure to also leave business reviews here.
What are the different types of Insulation
Home insulation is meant to help maintain a stable interior environment regardless of the chaotic weather outside. There are four common types of insulation for home owners to choose from.
Homeowners should choose insulation after considering these factors:
- Your local climate and weather conditions.
- The square footage of the area.
- Type of space you’re insulating.
- Your home’s current R-value
(R-value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better it can keep heat in or out.)
Fiberglass Batts, also known as fiberglass insulation, are the most common due to the cost. This is the cheapest way to insulate your home. Home Builders and Remodelers use this type of insulation during construction and renovation projects to save costs. If you install this type of insulation properly, you can improve the energy efficiency of your home by 25 to 30 percent.
Blown-in insulation is getting more common due to people thinking more about their health and the environment. This type of home insulation is made from white cellulose. White cellulose is a made from recycled cardboard, newspapers and other paper materials.
This home insulation works better as you increase its depth. It provides a great R value even at thinner depths.
Spray Foam Insulation
This type of insulation is great for filling tight gaps and spaces that make a home drafty and less energy efficient. It fills the holes in areas that are hard to reach better than other types of home insulation. The spray foam insulation begins as liquid polyurethane. It turns solid as it is sprayed into an opening or cavity. This home insulation expands to fills the space and then hardens into solid foam.
Reflective or Radiant Barrier
This type of insulation works differently than all the other types of insulation. The materials that make this insulation reflects the heat and the cold. Therefore, it works almost exactly opposite of the other home insulation types. This type of insulation is common in attics due to the way it minimizes the effects of extreme temperatures. You can also put this type of insulation over other insulation really easily.
How much does it cost to install insulation?
The cost to purchase and install insulation varies from area to area so take this info with a grain of salt. Material costs also varies from region to region too. National averages are around $880 for blow-in insulation, $950 for fiberglass insulation, and $1,100 for spray foam insulation per home.
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