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Comparing the Types of Home Insulation

If your home doesn’t feel as warm as you would like this month, you might be thinking about adding some extra insulation. Increasing the insulation in your home is a good idea. Not only will it keep you warmer, it will save you money and reduce your energy consumption. So, it’s good for the environment.

But what are the different types of insulation? How are they installed? What’s the cost like? What kind of insulation should you choose? The information here should help you make that decision.

There are several types of insulation that can only be used in new construction. Here are some examples.

You could choose autoclaved aerated or cellular concrete for new home construction, for building a garage or an addition. The foam-filled masonry has ten times the insulating value of standard concrete.

New materials like the structural insulated panels or SIPs can significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a home. These materials may cost a little more, but they take less time to install, which means the total cost of construction is about the same or even a little less.

To add insulation to an existing home is not as difficult as you might think. The attic is one of the easiest places to add insulation. You can buy a roll of fiberglass or other insulating material in a home improvement store. As long as you have access to the attic space and the area is unfinished, you can roll out the insulation in no time.

The best choices for finished walls and hard to reach areas are loose fill and foam. Both can be blown in to the spaces between the walls using small holes. While this type of insulation must be done by a professional, it is not that expensive. Depending on the age and the current energy use of your home, you could recoup your investment in as little as one year.

Other do-it-yourself options include reflective foil-faced paper, plastic films, polyethylene bubbles and cardboard. These options can be used on new construction and in unfinished areas of the home.

The reflective options might not improve the warmth of your home. They are primarily recommended to reduce the cooling costs during the summer. They prevent heat from flowing down from the attic and through the ceiling. The result is a home that is cooler in the summertime, but the effectiveness varies. The other options mentioned above are better choices for keeping your home warmer this winter.

Depending on where you live, you may be able to get a tax credit for adding insulation in the attic or walls. Last year there was a tax credit for installing better insulated windows and doors in the US. A tax credit would help to offset the cost of making the improvements.

Most people find that the cost of insulating is worth it. They are more comfortable and they spend less on heating fuel or electricity. For more information about insulating your home, contact one of the insulation professionals at

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