What’s a good way to help keep your energy costs down? Look up, down and all around! Adding blown-in insulation to your attic, walls and between floors may reduce your utility bills as much as 50 percent. Also called blow-in or sprayed insulation, this home improvement has many benefits, including helping to reduce outside noise, pollen, dust particles and insects in your home; controlling humidity levels; and regulating the temperature throughout your home.
Blown-in (also known as blow-in) insulation products vary as does their installation methods. Regardless of the product, their goal is the same: To achieve the highest performance per square inch with a minimal amount of settling over time.
Loose-fill fiberglass is one option that’s made from glass that has been blown or spun into fibers. An advantage to this solution is that it will not rot or absorb moisture, and it resists mildew and fungi. Some caution that loose-fill fiberglass can leave particles floating in the air that can enter your living or work space; however, one solution is to use the high-density, non-flammable Blow-In Blanket System (BIBS), in which the manufactured fiberglass blowing wools are directed into areas that have been prepared with a patented netting system.
Spray-on or spray-in polyurethane foam is a popular option that requires a highly skilled professional to install. It expands to fill voids and forms a firmly sealed barrier that practically eliminates any air infiltration. It can expand up to 100 times its volume and maintains its flexibility as the property ages and shifts. While a more expensive option, the foam insulation method pays for itself over time.
Blown-in cellulose insulation has been around for nearly 100 years. There are four types: dry cellulose (loose fill), spray-applied (wet-spray) cellulose, stabilized cellulose, and low-dust cellulose; their application depends on how and where the insulation is to be used. Cellulose is largely made up of recovered or recycled newsprint and corrugated cardboard that’s been treated with a fire retardant. There are three main types: loose fill, stabilized and wall-cavity spray. This method was nearly obsolete when fiberglass became popular, but it has recently experienced a resurgence in the U.S. with the increase of “green” building methods.
A natural alternative to chemical foam insulation that’s worth considering is made from soybeans or castor beans and polyurethane foam. It, too, fills cracks and voids, is known to be durable, and resists moisture and mold. Proponents point to its ability to support a sustainable eco-industry while also saving energy.
An important factor in determining how much insulation you will need is to know and understand its R-value, which measures how well building insulation materials will resist heat. The higher the insulation’s R-value, the greater its performance will be; thus adding energy efficiency to your home. While there is no set standard for any given area, energystar.gov makes R-value recommendations that vary depending on your geographic location, type of heating system and locations within your property, be it attic, wall, floor, crawl space wall or basement wall. But no worries! Your professional installer from Same Day Service Plumbing will consider those factors when deciding how much insulation to use.
Same Day Service Plumbing has added blown-in insulation to its cache of services that will add to the value of your home over time and will improve your comfort and quality of life for as long as you live there. We feel this addition to our offerings gives us a competitive edge in the industry by providing a one-stop-shop that you can count on for all of your building improvement needs. Call us now at 1-855-658-4708 to request a quote and schedule your free consultation today!