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The Best Types of Insulation for Your Home

April 20, 2018

Insulation in your Opelika, Alabama home, helps you save money on your utility bills and maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system. However, not all insulation is right for every use so, make sure you find the right type for your needs. Here’s a rundown on the types of insulation and best practices for its use. 

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation involves spraying a liquid polyurethane into the walls that hardens as it sits. This type of insulation is suitable for sealing leaks and gaps, keeping you more comfortable and your home more efficient. Spray foam comes in open-cell or closed-cell form. The open-cell foam is more affordable but not as thick, while the closed-cell foam is pricier but denser, which insulates the home better. While spray foam insulation can theoretically be a DIY project, it’s complicated and requires specialized equipment and is best left to an experienced technician. 

Blanket Batts and Rolls

The most common type of blanket batts and rolls are constructed using fiberglass, but might also be made with cotton or mineral wool. This type of insulation comes in the right size to fit the standard width of wall studs. It’s the most common type of insulation used in the United States. The batts are pre-cut while rolls are not. It’s an efficient and affordable form of insulation that can be installed by someone who is handy, although we recommend professional installation. 

Reflective Barrier Insulation

Reflective barrier insulation is not like traditional insulation. This type of insulation reflects the heat off the home so it can’t enter. Conversely, radiant heat insulation works similarly to transfer heat inside. This type of insulation is popular in warmer climates where the sun tends to beat down on the home, causing it to heat up excessively. Reflective barrier insulation is usually placed in the attic because heat commonly enters the house through that space. 

If you need insulation in your home or want to maximize your HVAC efficiency, we are the people to call. Contact Sensigreen at (334) 366-9237 to schedule an appointment today. 

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