Your insulation is a very important part of your home. Whether you use insulation in your ceiling, walls, or basement it is going to play a big role in keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So here are 5 different insulation types that can potentially be used for your home insulation.
1) Blown insulation
Blown insulation is probably one of the most common forms of insulation used today. It’s usually installed between existing building materials such as studs and joists after they’ve been cut to fit through the use of insulation blowing machines and it prevents heat from escaping during cold weather and heat from entering during hot weather by trapping air in small pockets which create an overall barrier between two surfaces. This type of insulation also comes in insulation batts but are not as common as insulation blankets.
2) Insulation blanket
These insulation blankets come in many different thicknesses, colors, and insulation capabilities to suit your insulation needs. They can be used for ceilings, walls, attics, garages, basements and virtually anywhere you want insulation installed. These insulation blankets are made of fiberglass or cellulose insulation material that is either wrapped around a form or cut to size so it fits inside the cavity where it is placed. They are often referred to by contractors as batt insulation which indicates their shape when they are installed between studs or joists of your home. The main difference between insulation blankets vs blown insulation is what between them. Blankets have another insulation type as a backup insulation to help hold insulation in place such as fiberglass, rock wool insulation or cellulose insulation.
3) Fiberglass insulation
Fiberglass insulation has been used for many years and is typically very inexpensive. It comes in different forms such as rolls, insulation batts (also known as blanket insulation), and it also comes in insulation blankets like cellulose insulation. The main difference between them all is that when you use fiberglass insulation, the particles of glass are longer than when using cellulose insulation which means they provide more resistance to heat flow compared with shorter glass fibers found in cellulose insulation. They also come filled with aluminized fibers which allow them to reflect radiant energy making them even better at reducing heat flow.
4) Cellulose insulation
Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspaper and it’s not only an environmentally friendly insulation type but it also provides a good insulation value for your home which can help save you on energy costs. It comes in insulation batts, insulation blankets and just like fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation comes filled with aluminized fibers that allow them to reflect radiant heat away from your home keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The only downside of this insulation material is that they do contain formaldehyde so keep that in mind if you have people who are allergic or sensitive to chemicals as a rule of thumb since all insulation types will cause some amount of irritation depending on the individual.
5) Mineral wool insulation
Mineral wool insulation or mineral fiber insulation is made from basalt or slag that when heated, they become rigid and soft insulation material that can be used for insulation. This type of insulation comes in insulation batts and insulation blankets just like cellulose insulation but it also comes in a variety of shapes such as rolls, mini-batts (insulation batts for small spaces), pipe insulation, etc. It provides excellent thermal protection due to its high density and fire resistance making it one of the best types of insulations you can get since they will not only help reduce heat flow into your home but also lower your energy costs during the winter time. They are so effective at radiant heat transfer that they provide a R-value of 3.9 per inch meaning a 2×4 stud cavity insulation will have an insulation value of 7.2 while a 2×6 insulation will have 9.5 insulation value for the same space.
Insulation is incredibly important for homeowners because insulation protects against heat transfer and helps to maintain comfortable living conditions within your home. The best way to think about insulation is that it acts like a thermal blanket- while allowing air to move through while trapping body heat where it belongs: inside your house! Not having enough insulation in your home can make the temperature feel up to 30 degrees higher than it actually is; this means if you are trying to save money on energy costs by dropping the temperature, insulation will help to maintain a comfortable temperature.
With insulation you can reduce the load on your heating and cooling system, which means it will cost less money to keep your home comfortable which also reduces waste of non-renewable energy resources.