Some things that you should know before insulating your attic

We all dread getting the energy bills during the winter months because keeping the house warm during the coldest months of the years suddenly gets a lot more expensive; and with the volatility of natural gas and heating oil prices, who knows how much more expensive it will get. Of course, there are things that you can do to try to get those bills down such as turning the thermostat down; but if you do that, you are going to suffer no matter how you look at it. But there is another solution that can help a great deal; if your attic happens to be unfinished, adding good insulation to it, from an insulation supplier, will go a long way into bringing your energy bills down. Plus, insulating your attic will also help to keep the house cool during the summer and that means that you will be saving money all year round, making this something that you really must do.   

Deciding what insulation to use

There are two kinds of insulation that you are going to have to consider; you will find loose fill insulation and blanket insulation (usually referred to as batt.) You can use either of these two to insulate an attic that has never been insulated or to add more insulation to an attic that already has some. Which of the two you should decide to use depends on various factors that you have to consider such as price and installation options. Perhaps the most important factor that comes into play when we consider insulation is the R-value that is associated with every type of insulation. An R-value is the way that insulation’s effectiveness at preventing heat from getting in or out is measured. Obviously, the higher that value happens to be, the better your insulation will be!  

Loose fill insulation

There are basically two ways that you can go about installing this Insulation. You can choose to manually pour this insulation into place and then proceed to spread it around, but that is not the most efficient way of doing it, it is just too much work and you won’t get the top-notch results that you want. Another way of getting the job done is by using a machine to blow the loose fill insulation into precisely where you want it to go. This will get you much better results and there are places where you can rent the necessary machinery instead of having to buy it. You can get loose fill insulation in various materials such as fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool. Each material has a different price tag and a different R-value, so you will have to bear this in mind as you make your choice.   

Batts or Blanket Insulation

You will find that batts are sold in rolls of various thicknesses and widths, allowing you to choose the right size for your joists or studs in your specific project. You can purchase these rolls with or without a vapor barrier already incorporated into them; which of the two you should get depends on how much of a threat moisture will be for your home and that depends on the type of climate that you experience where you live. You add one or more layers to achieve the desired level of insulation. Blanket insulation is also available in various materials such as fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool, or cotton. Again, every different type of material has its own price tag and a different R-value, so you will have to factor this into your final choice. Go here for more info:




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