When it comes to your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency, your insulation makes a big difference. Our team at United Energy Solutions wants to help you do what’s best for your home, so we have put together a brief guide on how to choose the right type of insulation for your needs.
- Location- When choosing insulation, one of the most important things to consider is where that insulation is going to be installed, as not every type of insulation is equally suited for every location in the home. For instance, the attic typically contains many odd corners and crannies that are difficult to reach, and therefore unsuitable for the popular batt insulation. However, blow-in foam insulation can get into these tight spaces much more easily.
- R-Value- Another thing to consider when choosing insulation for your home is the R-value for the product in question. The R-value refers to a material’s ability to resist heat transfer–the higher the number, the slower that heat energy will pass through that material. This means that an insulation option with a high R-value is more desirable, as it will do a better job of keeping heat from entering your home in the summer, or escaping it in the winter.
- Cost- Lastly, when choosing any home improvement option, it’s always important to consider the cost. However, when it comes to insulation, we recommend looking not just at the upfront cost of insulation, but also at the long-term savings you can gain. In our experience, homeowners who settle for the cheapest option for their insulation end up spending more in the long run, while those who invest in the best find that their insulation pays for itself over time.