If you want to keep your home warm this winter, it must be properly insulated. There are all different insulation types, though. Which one do you need? Here are the best and worst winter insulation options for your home.
The most common insulation types in most homes are blanket, roll, and batt. They’re also the least effective. In fact, they can even cause damage to your home. They’re popular because they’re easy to install. They come in large, rectangular mats that can be placed on your attic floor. However, the rectangular shape makes full coverage difficult. It won’t conform to corners that are differently shaped or awkwardly placed.
Additionally, these types of insulation settle and compress over time, losing their effectiveness and necessitating reinsulation every few years. Finally, they’re moisture magnets. This can lead to mold and mildew growth and even attract rats, insects, and other vermin, which leads to rot in your attic and a host of other problems.
Spray foam insulation is great for attics with oddly shaped corners or hard-to-reach places. Spray it as a liquid wherever you need insulation. It then expands as it solidifies, filling in the gaps. It can even seal cracks and air leaks! Plus, spray foam has a much higher R-value per inch than batt insulation.
Blown-in insulation is great for all climates but works especially well in very cold weather. You can use it not just in your attic but in wall cavities as well.
For long-lasting and reliable insulation, though, your best bet is loose-fill fiberglass. It doesn’t settle over time, which means it retains its effectiveness without needing to be replaced. It’s lighter than other insulation types and won’t put stress on your attic floor. It’s eco-friendly and doesn’t attract moisture. Plus, with an R-value of 60, it’s one of the most efficient types of insulation available, which will save you energy and keep you comfortable for years to come.
For help with your winter insulation, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We provide Peachtree City with quality home-comfort solutions.