If you’re considering adding insulation to your attic or walls, you may be wondering about the value of different types. You might also wonder if you should opt for insulation batting or blown insulation.
Blowing in the insulation, whether you’re warming a small space or a large one, has a lot of advantages. Blown in cellulose is environmentally friendly but for more comfort and energy savings you’re probably going to want fiberglass.
Here’s what you need to know!
Blown In Options Are More Airtight
Batting looks pretty solid, but it has to be cut and shaped to fit the space where you install it. This means that the edges are at risk of letting in a lot of air, and it can be hard to fill small spaces.
On the other hand, blown insulation fits in cracks and crevices and forms a more air-tight seal. You can fill in around pipes, beams, and other small or oddly-shaped spaces.
The tighter seal creates a better barrier, giving you more comfort and better energy savings than other installation options.
Blown insulation is available in cellulose and fiberglass. Cellulose is made from recycled paper, and is treated to make it both fire resistant and unpalatable to insects. It can be less expensive than fiberglass, but it also settles over time, which decreases the R-value and thus its effectiveness over time.
Fiberglass is made of recycled glass and sand, which is eco-friendly. It has little to no settling, and does not burn. Insects won’t eat it, and blowing in fiberglass provides a consistent layer of insulation.
Regardless of which insulation you choose, you’ll want a professional to install it. You need a breathing mask to protect you as you install it, and may also need a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from damaging the insulation value.
Blown Insulation Provides Sound Dampening
Because this type of insulation fills cracks and crevices effectively, it provides a good sound barrier as well as providing comfort. Whether you want to keep down the noise of a playroom or avoid hearing heavy rain or noisy neighbors, this insulation can make a big difference.
In order to provide the maximum effect, you want to choose the right type and balance your budget against the impact you’d like. Proper installation is also vital.
Installation is Quick and Easy
If you want to add batt insulation to an existing home, you’re looking at extensive work. You’ll need to remove walls and do a significant renovation.
However, blown insulation can be installed quickly and easily. A professional can come to your home, blow the insulation into the desired spot out of a hose, and safely seal the area.
Contact Us For Help With Insulation Today
Are you interested in getting additional insulation in your attic, crawlspaces, or other areas? If so, blown insulation is a great choice. It will give you a good R-value at an affordable price, which is a combination many homeowners are looking for.
Reeves Insulation has been serving the Batesville and Jonesboro areas with over 30 years of experience, and we’d love to help you as well. Contact us for an appointment today!