Poor insulation wastes energy, increases bills, and disrupts your comfort level. Seal those annoying air leaks with products that contain a high R-value (a measurement of resistance to heat flow).
Check out these five major options to determine what additional insulation you need in your home.
- Blanket Batts and Rolls – Typically, this insulation is constructed with fiberglass so be sure to wear protective clothing when handling. The inexpensive, DIY-friendly nature of it allows homeowners to install easily on unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings.
- Spray Foam Insulation – Liquid polyurethane is sprayed into wall cavity (in existing finished areas or hard-to-reach spaces). The liquid expands and hardens to a solid. Despite simply spraying a liquid, it is best to hire a professional for installation.
- Blown-In Insulation – Finished areas or hard-to-reach spaces can also be insulated with a machine that blows the paper-like material into the space. Although you can rent the blower, this installation is better with a professional.
- Foam Board or Rigid Foam Panels – These boards are made for exterior and interior wall sheathing to insulate foundation walls, basement walls, unfinished floors, and ceilings.
- Reflective or Radiant Barrier – While constructed of aluminum foil over kraft paper or polyethylene bubbles, this insulation actually reflects heat away to prevent heat gain. Warmer climate homeowners can easily install this material between attic joists, rafters, and beams.
Insulation can degrade over time. Be sure to inspect your areas and do not hesitate to add or replace the materials for energy efficiency and lower bills so you can better enjoy your home.