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Types of Home Insulation

Insulation Installed The Right Way

A well-insulated jacket makes life a lot easier. When the right insulation is installed in the right way, it provides the same type of protection against weather extremes as a well-made down-filled jacket.

The insulation used in buildings is made from an interesting variety of materials: spun glass fibers, shredded newspaper, polyurethane resin and polystyrene beads, just for starters. Regardless of the material or type of insulation, the function is the same: to save energy and improve interior comfort by slowing the transfer of heat.

It's easy to understand how insulation works if you think how a goose down jacket keeps you warm on a cold winter day. Even though your jacket is light as a feather (more accurately, many thousands of feathers), your body can stay toasty warm when you’re outside in freezing weather.

That's because the feathers create millions of tiny air pockets, and air has excellent insulating value –about R7 per in. Since it’s too expensive to insulate buildings with goose down, we use other materials that also contain millions of tiny air pockets –fiberglass batts, loose-fill fiberglass and cellulose, rigid foam insulation and spray foam insulation.

There’s no such thing as the perfect insulation for all applications

Types of insulation vary in many ways, including installation requirements, R-value, moisture resistance, compressibility, permeability and (last but not least) cost. Unfortunately, contractors as well as homeowners sometimes choose the wrong type of insulation, or install the right type of insulation incorrectly. Both mistakes result in poor thermal performance. But these errors can also damage building materials and promote mold growth, which is a health hazard.

Let a full-service insulation contractor help you select an insulating strategy

The best way to ensure that the right insulation is used and installed correctly is to deal with a full-service insulation contractor. You want a professional with access to a wide variety of insulation materials, and experience in using specialized installation equipment and techniques.

Most homes have too many energy-wasting air leaks and too little insulation. Insulating and air-sealing improvements can cut heating and cooling costs by 40%, saving the homeowner hundreds of dollars a year. Reading up on insulation materials and techniques is a good way to prepare for insulation improvements that will save you money every month. But make sure to contact a full-service insulation contractor with the capability to install different types of insulation based on your home’s requirements.

To get you started on the right foot, we'd like to provide you with a free insulation estimate in New Haven. We'll introduce you to one of our specialists, who can answer any questions you have and explain how you can save energy and make your house green.

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