Pop quiz! What comes to mind when you hear the words “home insulation?”
If the first thing you pictured were huge, fluffy pink rolls of spun fiberglass, you’re not alone. After all, woven fiberglass has been the most popular home insulation method for the better part of the Twentieth Century, and is still a common choice today. But these days there are a lot more options to choose from! Whether you’re building a new home or planning a remodel, doing some research on the variety of home insulation methods on the market is a wise decision. In this post, we’ll discuss a few of the insulation methods used most often by the Home Comfort insulation team.
Sustainably-Sourced Insulation: First, if you care not just about the amount of energy your home insulation will save, but also about the sustainability of the insulation material itself, then insulation made from renewable materials is definitely worth looking into. Like traditional woven fiberglass insulation, renewable insulation materials like Knauf’s EcoBatt Glasswool™ products are thick, fluffy sheets of material that are secured in areas like the wall cavities of a home. The only major difference between renewable insulation products and fiberglass insulation are the materials used to create them. Instead of fiberglass, this type of insulation is typically made of materials like sand and recycled glass. Besides the fact that this insulation is made from mostly recycled materials, homeowners who choose this type of insulation often do so because they’re less likely to be made with potentially irritating chemicals like formaldehyde, phenol, or artificial dyes.
Loose-Fill Insulation: Loose-fill insulation is made from fiberglass like traditional insulation, but it doesn’t come in sheets and rolls. Commonly used in attics and hard-to-reach areas, this material is blown into the space with special equipment. This is a great option for remodels or insulation upgrades! However, those of us who enjoy DIY home improvement projects should take heed: due to the equipment required to apply this material, and the skill needed to install it evenly over the insulated space, this method of insulation is best left to a trained professional installer.
Spray-Foam: Besides the fact that wall cavities covered in spray-foam look like
they’re coated with snow or marshmallows, spray-foam is also a cool insulation method because of its versatility and efficiency. Since the plastic spray-foam material expands upon application, it can fill tiny spaces that loose-fill, roll, and batt insulations might miss. This creates a tight seal against the air outside and helps to regulate the temperature inside your home.
Keep in mind that the spray is made from plastic-based chemicals and should always be applied by a professional. While the material is perfectly safe when fully dried, the chemicals can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system while it is still wet. As you can see in the picture above, spray-foam installers use special equipment to apply the insulation and must wear skin and eye protection during the installation. Once the application is finished, however, the insulation barrier is both safe and energy-saving.
The comforting thing to keep in mind is that no matter what form of insulation you decide to use, the methods on the market today are held to strict efficiency standards, and, when installed by professionals, are safe for you and your family. It’s simply a matter of finding the right insulation for your lifestyle and budget.
Have more questions about home insulation? Need to start a project? Our insulation department at Home Comfort is ready to help. Contact us today to get started!