Insulating your home can increase your energy savings dramatically. If your home is well insulated, cooling and heating costs will drop and you could save a lot of money annually. Different types of insulation can have varying price ranges, but in the long run, the savings will be worth it.
It’s important to take note of when insulation needs replaced. If you notice energy bills rising exponentially or your home begins to freeze in the winter or boil in the summer, it may be time to consider insulating your home again.
When choosing the best insulation for your home, consider air quality impacts, materials, and if you want to self-install or have it done professionally. If you are doing it on your own, consider the ease or difficulty of installation. There are many different types of insulation types and materials to choose from.
Batts or Blankets These are helpful when insulating your home on your own. They are easy to use because they are on rolls. To install them, just unroll the batt or blanket then cut it to shape around pipes and wires.
Rockwool is a one material option. It is more resistant to fire and doesn’t easily lose its ability to insulate. However, this material isn’t readily available and absorbs water. This can contribute to mold in cases of a burst pipe.
Fiberglass is another material option. It easily loses its insulating ability and can be itchy when dealing with it, but it’s also widely available and has effective widths. This material is cheaper than rockwool.
Spray Foam costs more than batts or blankets, but also can act against weathering like caulking does. It sprays into place and seals cracks. Insulating large areas of your home this way requires special equipment and is best done by a professional, but small projects can be done yourself.
Open cell foam stops air movement, but not moisture movement. It’s not as expensive as closed cell foam, but it’s also not as effective.
Closed cell foam stops both air and moisture movement. However, it is pricier than other options and cannot normally be done without professional help.
Loose-Fill insulation sprays loose fibers of insulation through a special machine. It is generally cheaper than most types of insulation.
Fiberglass is lightweight material option, but not always effective when temperatures get too low.
Cellulose is another material option. It works great in a wider range of temperatures, but it is also heavy and can only be used in areas of your home that have enough drywall support to hold it up.
Structural Insulated Panels When insulating your home, this type of insulation is highly effective. However, it is more expensive and is often only used when a home is in construction. It is challenging to install after a house is already built.