Is it time for Blown In Insulation Installation in Cleburne? What is the best type to choose? Let us focus on four specific types. One is blown attic insulation the other is batt insulation. Each type has pros and cons. However, which is the best choice for you.
One of the best advantages of blown attic insulation over batt is that the blown style covers everything; while there can be open areas in the batt type.
When you’re looking to have your home or building insulated with spray foam insulation, you have a couple of product choices. Whether you go with closed foam or open foam insulation, the differences in their make will make a big difference in which one will work best for your needs.
Radiant barrier insulation has one reflective side that is made from an aluminum coating. Any radiant barrier insulation can be installed in an existing or new home. The reflective side of the barrier insulation is made to face the open air pocket of the surface.
Almost all Blown In Insulation Installation in Cleburne are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
How do Radiant Barriers Work?
Adding insulation to your attic is a great way to save energy, but there are a number of choices that you need to sort through. What is the best type for your situation? What is the best location for this added insulation? How much should you add?
The first thing that you need to determine is how much insulation you already have. Measure the depth and determine the type. Then multiply the depth by the appropriate value: Cellulose: 3.1, Fiberglass Batt or Blown: 3.7, Closed-Cell Foam: 6.2, Open-Cell Foam: 3.6.
Before you move any further to insulate your attic, you should make sure that you have any knob and tube wiring in your attic that would be covered by insulation replaced. The wires in this type of system need to be in the open air in order to dissipate heat. If they are surrounded by insulation this will trap the heat and cause a fire hazard.
Once you have calculated the R-value of your insulation, you need to determine how much more you should add. Energy Starr has developed recommended levels of attic insulation for every Zone throughout the US. See map at Energy Star and chart below. However, what it boils down to is most houses don't have enough insulation. R-30 is the bare minimum and unless you live in south Florida, the recommended amount is twice that.
Radiant Barriers: work differently than thermal insulation. They reflect the heat away from the thermal insulation, instead of slowing the heat transfer through it. This effectively increases the performance of your thermal insulation in your attic by 50% to 70%. Radiant barriers work best if they are installed between the attic insulation and the roof sheathing, and when they are sloped so that dust will not accumulate on it as quickly. Furthermore, radiant barriers are fairly inexpensive and easy to install.
Your last step is to determine if you are going to add thermal insulation, a radiant barrier, or both. If your house already has what is the code minimum in many locations of R-30, adding a radiant barrier should boost its effectiveness to 45 or even 50. Or if you have an old house with 5 ½" of fiberglass or cellulose (R-17 to R-20) and you add another R-19 and a radiant barrier, you effective insulation value should be between 54 and 65.
Attic Insulation Tips
Animals love attics and usually damage the attic insulation. To prevent further damage to the insulation, it's wise that you remove the animals as soon as you identify that they are there. To guide you here are ways on how to remove the animals from the attic:
Raccoons are very smart; therefore, it's very difficult to catch and remove them from the attic. To easily catch them you need to know the holes that they use to get into the space.
After identifying the hole you should place a cage trap near the hole. If there are baby raccoons in the attic and you can't find the mother, you should place the babies in a cage trap and use them to draw in the mother. For ideal results you should monitor the babies closely and keep them protected from weather and predators.
The easiest way of removing the squirrels from the attic is finding the holes that they use to get in and out of the attic. You should then set a trap near the hole. You should avoid using poison to control the squirrels. This is to avoid having the powerful smell that comes from a dead squirrel. The best traps to use are lethal and live traps.
In addition to the above animals, other animals that are common in attics are snakes, bats, and opossums. If you are scared of removing the animals, you should highly consider hiring a professional to do the work for you.