Looking at Types of Attic Insulation

Your attic insulation plays a vital role in keeping your home comfortable when temperatures take a dip or soar in St. Cloud, Florida. If you’re thinking of replacing your insulation, you should know that there are several different types for you to choose from. Installing the right type of attic insulation not only increases comfort levels in your home, but it can also help you save on your energy costs. Below are the three main types of attic insulation.

Batt Insulation

Batts are commonly used as attic insulation mainly because they’re widely available and easy to install. However, they’re generally the most ineffective type of insulation because they usually don’t fill the space properly. They leave gaps and voids that can result in increased discomfort and higher energy bills. There are two types of batt insulation: cotton and fiberglass, but they’re relatively equivalent in terms of insulating quality.

Blown Insulation

Blown insulation provides better coverage than batt insulation because it comes in smaller chunks. It’s installed by using a large hose to blow chunks of cellulose or fiberglass into the attic. It typically covers the entire attic floor. Both cellulose and fiberglass are eco-friendly materials, but cellulose may be the better option because of its ability to stop air movement.

Spray Insulation

In terms of insulation performance, spray foam is the best type of attic insulation. When it’s properly installed, this type of insulation will fill all the nooks and crannies to create a perfect air barrier. Since air can’t pass through it, you won’t lose any heated or air conditioned air through convection. Spray insulation also comes in two forms: open-cell foam and closed-cell foam. Closed-cell foam is harder and has a greater insulating value per inch. The downside of spray insulation is its higher cost, but this may pay off with reduced energy bills.

If you’re looking for top-quality attic insulation services, feel free to speak with our comfort specialists at Frank’s Air Conditioning. Call us today at (407) 490-2070.

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