With cold weather just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to install additional insulation to lower your utility bills and increase comfort in your home. Various materials, from recycled, natural products to high-tech moisture resistant foams, are used to produce insulating products of different types. You can select insulating products that will maximize the return on your investment while keeping you more comfortable for many years to come.
The most common materials used to make different styles of insulation include:
- Cellulose, obtained primarily from recycled paper products to produce blown-in insulation suitable for your attic and within the walls of your home. This cost-effective, environmentally benign material provides good insulating qualities when it’s not exposed to moisture, which can cause this material to rot.
- Cotton, also obtained primarily from recycled products such as used denim clothing. Although the agricultural production of cotton is energy intensive, the production of cotton insulation itself is simple and can provide R-values similar to cellulose, with the advantage of availability in both blown-in types as well as traditional rolls or batts. Like cellulose, this material is not suitable for moist environments.
- Fiberglass, still the most common material used to produce both batt and blown-in insulation types today. Although this material is energy intensive to produce, the reasonable cost and relatively high R-values make fiberglass a good choice for many applications.
- Multiple classes of foam materials that provide excellent insulating properties, even below-grade or in other moist areas of your home. Embodied energy is highest with these foam insulating materials, which can be appropriate for use in select locations requiring high moisture resistance.
- Mineral wool, produced from abundant or recycled materials. An excellent choice for an environmentally friendly material with moisture tolerance, mineral wool is less energy intensive to produce than fiberglass and provides a wider range of applications.
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