Adding insulation to your home is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do in the fight against high energy costs. It’s a relatively inexpensive project that quickly pays for itself by lowering utility bills and providing year-round comfort. But as with any home improvement effort, selecting the right insulation for the job is critical. Don’t be overwhelmed by the options at your local hardware store. Follow this basic guide to find the insulation that’s right for your next project.
Blanket Batts and Rolls
When adding insulation to unfinished attics, walls, floors or ceilings, batts or rolls of insulation are your best bet. Typically made of fiberglass but also available in “green” options like recycled cotton fibers, this type of insulation is inexpensive and easy to install yourself.
Rigid polystyrene board tends to be more expensive than fiberglass batts or rolls, but it delivers high insulating value in a much thinner application. It’s great on unfinished foundation walls, and is often used in floors or ceilings to provide a layer of insulation.
Also referred to as “blown-in” insulation, this material is an effective way to insulate hard-to-reach areas or to add more insulation to an existing space. It’s often used to fill in wall cavities where older insulation may have settled, or in attics where another layer of insulation is needed.
This type of insulation is able to withstand extremely high temperatures. It is most often used to insulate exposed ductwork, and typically requires professional installation.
Expanding spray foam has a variety of applications. It can be used to handle small gaps and cracks around windows and doors — or it can be used on a much larger scale to insulate open wall spaces or unfinished attic floors. It does an excellent job of filling irregular, hard-to-reach spaces and has an extremely high insulating value.
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