Help Keep Your Energy Bills Down With The Right Attic Insulation
It is a proven fact that an attic with poor insulations can cost you a large amount of money. As a matter of fact, the US Department of Energy does estimate that insulating your attic can save you anything between 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of money you spend in keeping your house warm. Here are some valuable attic insulation tips worth taking into consideration when shopping, they include but are not limited to the following:
The first thing you should take into consideration is the form you want the installation to take. This will determine how well you can fill a particular space. This has a direct impact on how well you will be able to keep heat from leaking in and out of the home. It is also important to take into consideration the material used to make the insulation: this has a direct effect on factors such as fire resistance, weight and cost.
The second thing worth taking into consideration is the type of insulation you want to install: there are basically four main types of attic insulation. These include blankets, fiberglass, Rockwool and loose fill. All these attic insulation options are ideal for a variety of purposes.
It is also important to consider whether during the installation, you intend to do it yourself or whether you will be calling in a professional. This will to a large extent dictate the type of insulation you would use. Blanket insulations are the preferred option for homeowners who are keen on doing the installation on their own, while the loose fill is mostly done by professionals because it does require specialized equipment to blow in the insulation.
Another important factor you need to take into consideration is the R-Values of the material you have chosen. It refers to how efficient the insulation is at resisting heat flow. Many homeowners use the R-value to determine the efficiency of the chosen insulation. The higher the R-value, the more efficient the insulation is. For walls, homeowners should opt for an R - value of 11 to 23, for ceilings an R-Value of 19 to 50 is preferred while for floors an R-value of 11 to 25 is usually considered ideal enough. It is worth noting that these numbers tend to vary depending on the geographical location of the home and the weather patterns.
Finally, even though it may seem counter-intuitive, it is also important to consider the ventilation around the attic. Without proper ventilation in the attic, moisture will accumulate and condense and eventually rotting the ventilation and subsequently compromising the structural integrity of the insulation. It is also important in neutralizing the threat posed by ice dams.
Here are some popular attic insulation types currently available in the market:
1) Product Name: Owen Corning R30 insulation Kraft Faced Batts 8 Bags (24 in by 48 in)
Product Price: $ 830.64
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Product Details: soft to touch with pre-cut widths to fit between joists and studs and does offer exceptional sound and thermal control performance. You need twenty inches of insulation to reach an R-value of 60 in your attic.
2) Product Name: Propink fiberglass Insulation (24 in by 48 in)
Product Price: $ 988.68
Product URL: http://is.gd/6dLqQk
Product Details: available with a foil faced vapor retarder, it completely fills the cavity and eliminates any gaps, thereby reducing any need for additional handiwork. It does provide thermal performance and does help in significantly lowering monthly cooling costs.
Product Details: easier and faster to install, it is made from natural and recycled material and does not have fiberglass. It is water resistant and does not promote the growth of mildew or fungi. It is also friction fit so as to ensure optimum performance.
4) Product Name: John Manville R Blown in Insulation
Product Price: $ 987.00
Product URL: http://is.gd/qX1diR
Product Details: it is ideal for use in attics and ceilings, it can also be installed on top of any existing installation to ensure maximum protection. For best results, this installation should be made by a professional using an appropriate insulation blowing machine.
5) Product Name: R 38 Insulation Kraft Faced Batts
Product Price: $ 481.13
Product URL: http://is.gd/1vrZv6
Product Details: it is soft to touch, easy to cut and install. In addition, it does deliver comfort to the home, keeping the house cool in summer and much warmer during winter. It helps reduce monthly heating and inherent cooling costs for the home, it does offer exceptional sound and thermal control performance.
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