Every homeowner should have winter preparation on their fall to-do list, including making sure your house is well-insulated and prepared for the cold. Choosing insulation that fits your need will keep your home warm and energy-efficient this winter.
There are several factors to consider when choosing insulation for your home. The cost of the insulation itself is a factor, as is the cost of installation. Some types need to be installed by an experienced technician, but others can be safely installed as a do-it-yourself project. Each type of insulation also has a different R-value, which is the measure of the resistance to heat transfer. The effect that an insulation’s manufacturing process has on the environment can also be a factor to consider, along with the impact on indoor air quality.
- Fiberglass is a well-known insulation. It’s cost-effective, but installation can be harmful and needs to be performed by a technician.
- Mineral wool is another option that may impact indoor air quality because it contains formaldehyde. However, the product is manufactured mostly from recycled goods and has a low environmental impact. The product itself is expensive, but lasts longer than some other types of insulation.
- Made from recycled paper, cellulose doesn’t require much energy in the production process or in the breakdown of the product. It needs to be packed tightly to prevent the transfer of heat on exterior walls, and installation can be expensive.
- Cotton is another insulation produced from mostly recycle material. It costs more than fiberglass, but the installation is easy and doesn’t affect the air quality of your home.
- One of the most efficient types of insulation with a low heat transfer is foam insulation. The manufacturing process of this product is more harmful to the environment than other products. Cost varies depending on the type of foam installation; there are three different types suitable for different moisture levels and R-values.
To learn more about choosing insulation and gearing up for winter, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. We proudly serve the home comfort needs of homeowners around the Route 495 area and surrounding areas.
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