Many homeowners are now considering to get insulation installed in their homes. Proven effective in reducing energy costs and increasing the overall comfort of a home, it is definitely an easy choice to make whether or not you’re getting insulation placed in your property.
As easy as it may seem to get insulation installed in your home through the help of experts, of course, you may still encounter some blocks along the way. You might struggle when choosing the right type of insulation or the right contractor to reach out to. But you shouldn’t be dwelling on these blocks. Don’t wait until you see such hefty energy bills before getting the proper insulation installed. And just to help you out should you be faced with these challenges, check the tips below that could help get you more efficient residential insulation.
1. Research on the different types of insulation.
In a perfect world, only one type of insulation should be enough for all kinds of requirements. But in reality, the world isn’t that perfect so you have to make a choice on the type of insulation you need to get for your home. You can’t just choose a random one and expect it to be efficient. Do your research. You can check out batt insulation, blown-in insulation, spray foam insulation and others. Find out about their pros and cons, and which one would be the best for your home’s design.
2. Set aside the right amount of budget.
When you think about the future, you would know for sure that your home’s insulation will save you a lot of money on your energy bills. You may not have to use the heater or air-conditioner as much when you have the proper insulation for your residential property. However, installation may incur a cost in the beginning. Materials and labor comes with a price, and you just can’t got super cheap on this. Now there are contractors that offer reasonable pricing schemes, so you must not worry about shelling out too much. But you have to be willing to spend a bit for your insulation to make sure you’re getting one that’s efficient.
3. Don’t attempt to DIY.
We’ve seen so many horror stories of homeowners who tried to DIY the insulation on their attics, garages and other parts of their property. Because they’re trying to save money to insulate, they end up spending more because installation must be done all over again. Furthermore, you can’t even be sure you’re doing it properly when you install on your own. If you want it done efficiently, better get an expert’s help.
4. Hire a reliable insulation contractor.
Speaking of experts, you must definitely get a reliable one. Your insulation contractor must have years of experience and a team of professionals who could carry out the installation task properly. You contractor would have the right equipment and can guarantee the highest quality materials. Best of all, they would help you out in making the right choice of the type of insulation to use.
All Florida Insulation is the best contractor of choice when you’re looking for assistance in insulation installation for your residential property. We offer services across Central Florida including neighborhoods in Orlando, Windermere, Debary, Maitland and more. For a free estimate, give us a call at 407-410-3626.
Switching to insulation helps bring down your heating and cooling costs. But before installing insulation, there are a number of factors to contemplate prior to getting ahead with the procedure. Going over a simple insulation inspection will help you figure out your insulation needs. Proper insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your house and in cutting down your bills.
Before you prepare for fitting in the insulation make sure you have covered up every air leakage site. Sealing the holes in your ceiling ensures comfort, quality air indoor, durability, and efficiency.
Measure up the existing level of insulation in your attic to determine if more of it is required or not. It depends on where you are living, and the insulation should meet the required level.
Types of Insulation
Although there are many other insulation materials, three of them are more recurrent, and you will find many of the professionals use them.
BATT INSULATION: Batt is made of long, interweaving and intertwined fibers that are joined by adhesive binders. They are large insulation pieces. Fiberglass and cotton are the two common kinds you will encounter most of the time. Their insulation efficiency is similar though.
However, if we give it a deeper look, you won’t find them as much effective as they hardly cover the space properly. It is a sina qua non for the insulation material to cover up the entire space, leaving behind no void. Also, they can’t put up with other house appliances such as wires, framing, exhausts, etc. Batts, therefore, is clearly not a suitable choice for the attic.
BLOWN IN INSULATION: As the saying goes, “Good things in life come in small packages.” Blown is a perfect example of it. It comes in smaller chunks, and the installer uses a large hose to blow the chinks into the attic. A giant machine is placed outside that churns up the chunks before using air to blow it up the hose.
Fiberglass and cellulose are the two options here, with the same level of efficiency. Cellulose is obtained by recycling newspapers and fiberglass comes from major fiberglass manufacturer called ‘rapidly renewable’ resource- sand. Blown-in insulation is widely preferred above all other types.
SPRAY FOAM INSULATION: Then comes the spray foam which too has two types- open cell and closed cell. Both come with their own baggage of pros and cons. However, the benefit of spray is that it leaves a margin for you to move the ceiling, the boundary between the conditioned and unconditioned space- starting from the attic floor to the roofline.
How much insulation should you be installing?
The amount of insulation depends on the:
The Preferred Insulation Material for Attics
Blown-in insulation is preferred above all as it provides seamless cover over your attic, giving no space for the heat to escape. Made of recycled material, it is easy to install and adds to the longevity of your roof!
Call All Florida Insulation 407-410-3626 with any questions you might have about your attic insulation.
Chris has been an insulation professional for more than two decades, and has experience with all types of residential and commercial insulation products. His passion is green energy and effective insulation applications.