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What Types of Insulation Are Best for Your Home?
October 30, 2018
No two homes are exactly alike. Even if the floorplan and aesthetic are the same, each home will settle uniquely over time, presenting challenges to your home performance and overall comfort.
The job of your insulation is to keep heat inside your home during the bitter southeast Wisconsin winters, and keep the the muggy heat out in the summers. Properly installed insulation keeps your home energy efficient all year but most importantly, it keeps your family comfortable.
When it comes time to reassess the shape of your home’s insulation, it requires a custom and unique approach to determine the best type of insulation for your specific needs. And who better to trust with your home’s insulation than Wisconsin’s only Pearl Certified insulation installer?
Take the Guesswork Out of Home Performance
Assessing the best course of action with your home’s insulation requires inspecting your home from top to bottom with a home performance energy audit. This doesn’t just familiarize our insulation experts with the layout of your home; using infrared camera technology and blower door testing, it also shows exactly where the insulation is insufficient and where holes and gaps are letting air flow freely from outside into your living space.
From here there are many factors to take into account. Does your home have a crawlspace or a basement? How airtight is your attic? Has the weather worn down your insulation over time, or has it become a nice cozy home for pests? Once everything is taken into account after your energy audit, Wisconsin Home Improvement will provide you with expert recommendations on the types of insulation will most increase your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency.
Types of Insulation
Choosing the right insulation will save you in headaches and dollars over the lifetime of your home. Combining your upgraded insulation with a proper air sealing is the most effective way to boost your home performance, and some types of insulation can accomplish both. So which will be best for your home?
Insulation for Walls and Attics
Fiberglass insulation comes in two forms—loose fill and batt. Loose fill is recommended for blowing into the walls of your home, while fiberglass batt is recommended for ceilings and attics. It is one of the more affordable options for boosting your home’s insulation and is non-combustible, non-corrosive, formaldehyde-free and moisture and mold resistant.
Cellulose is also a loose fill insulation type and is known for being environmentally friendly. It is a plant based material that also offers soundproofing qualities. Cellulose can be blown into walls for a dense pack and can also be used in an attic.
Insulation for Basements & Crawlspaces
Spray foam is the “double threat” option, and requires professional installation. as it is applied carefully to expand up to 100 times its original size. It is this expansion that brings the added benefit of air sealing the area it is installed in. We highly recommend this for homes that have basements and crawlspaces. When the space under your floors is air tight and insulated, you no longer have to worry about cold floors or air infiltrating your home from underneath your feet.
Wisconsin Home Improvement also uses Thermax™ Rigid Foam Insulation to supplement spray foam insulation in basements and crawlspaces. It comes in sheet form and is designed for moisture protection and insulation.
Custom Insulation Upgrades from Start to Finish with WHI
Wisconsin Home Improvements has your Southeastern Wisconsin insulation needs covered from start to finish. As Pearl Certified installers and Owens Corning® Certified Energy Experts, we will diagnose your insulation inefficiencies, remove any old or damaged insulation, and recommend and professionally install the right insulation to achieve all of your home performance and year round comfort goals.