If your house is not properly insulated then it can create comfort problems for you as well as performance issues for your home leading to higher electricity bills. There are several types of insulation, but which insulation should you go with? The best way to make a decision is to go with the insulation with the highest R-value for your specific project while staying within budget.
An R-value is a measurement of thermal resistance, or resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value means the greater the effectiveness of the insulation. The material, thickness, and density of the specific type of insulation are all variables in determining the R-value of a specific insulation.
Standard fiberglass insulation has an R-value between 2.9-3.8 per inch of thickness while higher performance fiberglass insulation can range from 3.7-4.3 per inch in R-value. This type of insulation is usually the least costly of all.
Spray foam insulation has great benefits as well, open or closed cell foam. With open cell foam you get a superior insulating product over conventional insulation and at a reasonable price. Open cell foam offers a greater ability to install when the target area is crowded with obstacles. Both, open and closed cell foam, do a good job blocking sound, but open cell does have a higher noise absorption. Closed cell though has better R-value and moisture retention characteristics. Its R-value is around 7 per inch while open cell has an R-value between 3.5 and 5 per inch.
Cellulose insulation is great for adding insulation to existing finished areas and around obstacles. This type of insulation has an R-value between 3.6-3.8 per inch.
There are several other forms of insulation so hiring a professional for your job is the best way to go. When putting in new insulation, no matter the R-value, you need to make sure that it is installed properly to reduce thermal bridging in order to get the best performance.
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