3 Surprising Facts About Your Blown Insulation

If you are a frugal home-owner, you are probably already concerned about the costs of keeping your home warm during this especially cold winter, Fortunately, blown insulation is an ideal choice for almost every home and it provides numerous options to choose from. As a result, you can customize the different choices, so that each room is always warm and well-insulated, while saving money on your energy costs each month.

Did You Know That Blown Insulation Is Usually Made From Recycled Materials?

When shopping for blown insulation, you will note that the two types you will see most frequently are cellulose and fibreglass. However, they look very different, because cellulose is actually paper products ground up and then treated to make it resistant to fire. Fibreglass insulation looks like the role insulation often used in attics, but it is smaller in size, allowing for an easier installation. Fibreglass is made of ground up glass, among other things. 

It is important to remember that many insulation professionals consider the fire-safety of cellulose insulation to be superior to fiberglass, due to its tight construction. The tight construction is known to limit airflow, which also serves as a deterrent to fire later on.

How Proficient Are You At Adequately Insulating The Top And Bottom Of Your Home?

Because heat rises, you can lose more warm area than cold air, even when no other variables change from winter to summer. Therefore, you need to consider the use of blown insulation throughout the home, starting on the top floor and attic. Even within those rooms, check each area to look for cracks or open spaces where treated air can leak out, and conversely, the lower levels of each room where cold air can come in.

Blown insulation can be placed in smaller areas as well-obviously, they cannot be used in the window-glass. However, if space permits the insulation to be installed inside the wall and adjacent to the window, you can maximize the warming potential of any room.  

Do You Understand The R-value Of Your Insulation?

The R-value of your insulation is important because it measures how well the insulation protects against the heat running through it. In Canada, that information is found on all insulation and a higher number indicates increased levels of insulation. 

Where in Canada you live will impact the type of insulation you should use and some homes benefit from a combination of two or more different types of insulation, placed strategically around the home to take advantage of natural air flow and the composition of the home. 

In conclusion, a significant expense for most people today is the cost of keeping your home comfortable and warm. Fortunately, you can have a safe, usable home that does not require everyone to wear costs inside for months at a time, by installing blown insulation, from a company like Durham Insulation, throughout your home.