Understanding the Benefits of Properly Insulating a Home
There are many benefits to the homeowner when they properly insulate their home. Insulation repair or replacement projects can save money.
Homeowners or builders must choose the best type of insulation for every home. Some factors to consider when choosing insulation include the R-Value required, the indoor air quality impact of the material, life cycle costs, embodied energy, recycled material content, and ease of installation. Some types of insulation are easier for homeowners to install, while other types of insulation require professional installation with special equipment and protocols.
The types of insulation materials include bulky fiber materials including fiberglass, cellulose, rock and slag wool, or natural fibers. Rigid type insulation includes foam boards and sleek foils. Other materials available include phenolic foams, cementitious foams, vermiculite, and perlite that are blown into spaces.
There are also reflective foils, radiant barriers, and reflective insulation systems that are designed to reflect radiant heat away from living spaces for cooling. Radiant barriers are more useful in hot climates than in cooler climates. These systems can reduce cooling costs by from 5% to 10-%.
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