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Insulation- What should you know?

Batts, Blown, Foam Board, these are all different types of insulation and there is more where that came from.

Insulation can be added to your home to make it energy efficient, by stopping heat loss in the winter and keeping your home cooler in the summer.  When you stop heat from leaving or entering your home (depending on the season) you save energy because your appliances do not need to work as hard in either season.  One thing to remember is that without the right ventilation insulation will be ineffective. has a lot of helpful tips.

Types of Insulation

  • Batts- Also known as blanket or rolls of insulation are made of various materials such as, fiberglass, mineral wool.  Installers cut the batts to fit between the studs.
  • Loose, Blown– Fiberglass, Mineral wool that is blown into the framed wall system, between studs, with special vacuum like equipment.
  • Foam Board– This is usually placed along the outside of concrete foundation of new construction. Pieces range in size.
  • Other types

If the thickness of the layer is not consistent throughout the wall it will be ineffective, it is only as good as it’s weakest point.

Did you know?  When you read the package of insulation you will usually see a code, R-30 or something like this. R stands for thermal resistance. Really the R value is based on the thickness and density.  Building codes and regions call for varying R Values. Read more about R-Value

Always consult with a certified professional before making changes to your home.