Which Type of Insulation is Best for Your Home?

Insulated attic with blown in cellulose insulation

Insulated attic with blown in cellulose insulation.

What is the best way to keep up comfortable temperatures in your home and even your workplace when weather conditions become increasingly volatile and swing from one extreme to another? While using heaters and air conditioners guarantees a rapid readjustment of your internal climate, but it comes at a cost. Electricity bills can quickly stack up when these devices are run all day and artificial air is not as healthy as natural air.

The best solution for creating a balanced climate at home is insulation. When you fit your home with insulation, you are ensuring the best protection against unpredictable weather conditions, along with a whole host of other advantages for your home. But what is the best insulation for you? To help you with this, we have put together a short article that will give you more clarity on the right insulation solution for you.

Why Insulation?

The most obvious benefit of having a well insulated property is increased thermal efficiency, which is a measure of your home’s ability to maintain a desirable temperature internally. It is crucial that insulation is fitted in order to make any space more efficient at this job. Regardless of what time of the year it is, with good high quality insulation, you have the best chance of maintaining the kind of climate you want in your home.

Once you insulate your home, you will minimize the need to run your heaters and air conditioners as much as you previously did. This will help you keep more money in your pocket and less going towards your energy bills. If you decide to insulate your home during the stages of building it, you will also find that the construction phase benefits from a speedier build. This is because, as insulation covers the interior of a building under construction, internal work can proceed uninterrupted.

Another advantage of insulation is that it provides your building with some level of sound dampening. This means more quiet, inside as this extra layer of insulation material acts to further prevent external sounds from being heard inside your home and sound from your home being heard outside.

Understanding R-Values

Before choosing which type of insulation is best for your home, it is important first to understand R-Values. R-Value is a way of measuring your insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value of insulation the more effective is at insulation your property.

But remember, when selecting the appropriate R-Value for your home, it won’t always benefit you to select the highest, because of different build styles of home and different environments call for different levels of heat resistance. For example, one home may require insulation rated with an R-Value of 7, while another can have the same level of protection at an R-Value of 4. To find out what’s right for you, it’s best to have a professional insulation company to access your home.

What Type of Insulation Should I Choose?

Each type of insulation provides a unique set of benefits capable of being maximized in certain uses. Eco Spray Insulation can help you determine which type of insulation is the best fit for your needs. We have listed below a brief introduction of each type:

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation can be used in nearly every part of a home including, wall cavities, joists, attic and basements. It is an effective product with an extremely high R-Value for every inch that is applied. Spray foam is available in both open and closed cell variations and it offers an air and vapor barrier in addition to its insulative qualities.

It is quick and easy to install and doesn’t require any additional upkeep or installation materials, like an air barrier. At Eco Spray, we work with spray foam insulation because it offers exceptional value in terms of both indoor and your return on investment.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation

An effective and affordable option for homeowners looking to make upgrades, fiberglass batt insulation is a common choice for wall insulation. It is made using recycled materials, fiberglass batt can greatly improve a home’s energy performance when professionally installed. They are flame retardant and can be installed in attics, wall cavities and other areas of the home.  

Batt style insulations do really well at retaining their R-Value over time, this is why they are so commonly used. They are very inexpensive and easy to install and don’t sink or settle after installation.

Blown-in Insulation or Loose Fill Insulation

Blown-in or loose fill insulation is rapidly becoming a favorite type of insulation because of its ease of installation. Blown-in is made up of small chunks of either cellulose or glass fibers. It is usually used in attics and to fill wall cavities. A small opening is all that is needed to fill a space, no walls need to come down.

Blown-in insulation is a great option for irregular spaces where a fast installation might be preferable. So if you are interested in environmentally friendly options, a cellulose based blown-in insulation might be a good option, since it is made of post-consumer paper waste.

Choosing the Right Type of Insulation

When selecting the perfect insulation for you, it comes down to a variety of factors, including climate, your home type, and budget. But if you are looking for the best long-term solution, foam insulation products will create the air seal in your home that will make it more comfortable, while saving money on your monthly energy bills. Foam insulation doesn’t settle and it fills all the crannies and nooks where it is installed.

Eco Spray Insulation team strives to provide the best quality products and the highest standard of expertise. Our experience and professionalism goal is that you never have to worry about anything less than thorough and complete workmanship. We can help you narrow down your options and offer our expert opinions on what will work best within your budget.  If you are still unsure of what you need, contact us today at +1 (416) 860-6664 or by email at [email protected].

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