Proper home insulation is one of the best ways to lower heating and cooling costs. Without proper insulation, your home will leak warm or cool air from your furnace or air conditioner.
But what kind of insulation should you install? Many different types of insulation materials can be used in specific areas of your home and have qualities and drawbacks.
Blanket insulation is the most common insulation used in homes. It comes in batts or rolls and can be made of materials such as fiberglass, plastic, and natural fibers, such as cotton and sheep’s wool. Blanket insulation should be used in unfinished walls, like foundation walls, floors, and ceilings.
Pros of Blanket Insulation
- Most typical form of insulation
- Resistant to moisture
- Blocks heat flor
Cons of Blanket Insulation
- Can irritate your lungs and skin if you come into contact with it
Loose-Fill and Blown-In
Loose-fill and blown-in insulation is another common type of home insulation. This type is made from cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. Blown-in insulation is perfect for adding insulation to already finished areas or around irregular shapes and obstructions. This type is either blown in or poured into the space.
Pros of Blown-In Insulation
- Efficiently fills in gaps
- Can layer for added protection
- Flame resistant
Cons of Blown-In Insulation
- Can be messy during installation
- Material is heavy and can cause ceilings to sag
- If damp, can promote fungal growth
- Very problematic if it gets wet
Spray Foam Insulation
Another type of insulation that works well for irregularly shaped areas is spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is made of chemicals that foam and form around the area. When sprayed or injected, it expands and solidifies.
Pros of Spray Foam Insulation
- Perfect for existing walls
- Energy efficient
- Fills in abnormally shaped areas
Cons of Spray Foam Insulation
- Not very thick
- Contracts as it ages
- Pulls away from the framing, creating gaps where heat and cooling can escape
Foam Board Insulation
Foam board insulation is rigid and creates high insulation value without taking up much space. You can use this type of insulation for unfinished walls, foundation walls, floors, ceilings, and low-sloped roofs.
Pros of Foam Board Insulation
- Can insulate almost any area of your home
Cons of Foam Board Insulation
- Can be expensive on finished or existing walls
Need Help Choosing Insulation?
If you need help choosing insulation for your home, Anderson Exteriors is your go-to solution. We have built a solid reputation for home insulation installation in the Twin Cities area. Let us help you save money when the seasons change.
Call us today at 763-323-0970 for more information and a free estimate. You can also fill out our contact form, and one of our experts will reach out to you.