- Home Performance Audit
- Insulation For Existing Homes
- Indoor Air Quality
- Air Sealing
- New Construction & Remodeling
No two Milwaukee area homes are the same, and at Wisconsin Home Improvement, we help local homeowners save money and improve their home comfort by choosing the right insulation type to upgrade their houses with. One of the best kinds of insulation we use in our home retrofit work is blown-in insulation—learn more about how blown insulation can benefit your home.
There are two main insulation materials used for blown in insulation installation: fiberglass and cellulose.
Fiberglass is often made from recycled glass and plastic. If you think of “the pink stuff” when you think of insulation, you’re thinking of fiberglass batts, where the fiberglass is attached to paper sheets and cut into rolls. Blown in fiberglass is not packed into rolls, but otherwise the same.
Cellulose is made mostly from recycled newspaper that’s been treated with flame retardant chemicals. Cellulose is usually installed in one of two ways—loose fill and dense-packed (keep reading to learn the difference between the two).
When you think about replacing the insulation in your walls or other hard to reach areas of your home, you might worry that an insulation contractor will need to tear down your old walls and create a huge mess. But actually, blown in insulation is easy to install, with minimal clean-up. Small holes are strategically drilled into the walls or areas to be insulated, and insulation is—you guessed it—blown in to the holes, creating a densely-packed and compressed layer of insulation in areas like wall cavities. Another method of blowing in insulation is to simply blow a loose fill layer of insulation over the floor of an attic, where space and the height of the insulation layer isn’t as much of an issue.
Because cellulose and fiberglass is loose when it’s blown in, it can fit itself snugly into crevices and areas where fiberglass batts can’t, which means your home will be more energy efficient and cost effective to heat and cool.
You want to keep fiberglass and cellulose insulation away from potentially damp or wet parts of your home, as moisture can significantly reduce the effectiveness of their insulating qualities. But blown in insulation is great for most other places in your home that might need an insulation upgrade, including:
Like moisture, blown insulation materials like fiberglass and cellulose perform worse when exposed to air movement. That’s why it’s crucial to seal up the tiny cracks and gaps in your home before you install new insulation. Insulation and air sealing work together—you’ll see the maximum benefit when you do both at the same time.
Interested in lowering your energy bills and creating more consistent home comfort in your Greater Milwaukee area home? Tired of dealing with ice dams every winter and interested in finding an attic insulation solution that can stop the problem once and for all? Ready to move on from cold floors on winter mornings or upstairs bedrooms that get unbearably hot on summer afternoons?
Reach out to Wisconsin Home Improvement today and schedule a home performance audit. Our comprehensive evaluation of your home will help us determine the areas where insulation and air sealing work is most needed, so you can feel confident that new blown in insulation in your walls or attic will pay off for years and years to come.