A Brief Guide to Home Insulation

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Whether you live in a region of the Carolinas that regularly experiences cold weather or you’re a beach dweller living directly on the coast, home insulation should matter to you! Having good insulation in your house can mean the difference between paying high utility bills and still feeling too hot or too cold and paying low utility bills in complete comfort. If you’re ready to have new insulation put into your house, or you’re planning to build a home soon, it is important for you to know as much as you can about different sorts of insulation. A few key types are detailed in this brief and helpful guide.

Spray Foam Insulation – Generally one of the more costly types of insulation, spray foam insulation is also highly effective. The installation process involves spraying liquid polyurethane into a home’s walls. It solidifies fairly quickly, filling the space precisely and giving this insulation the highest R-value of any option on the market. Furthermore, spray foam insulation offers more soundproofing than many other materials, which is great for people who live in noisy neighborhoods. It is worth mentioning that, although spray foam has a higher upfront cost, it is estimated to save homeowners about $500 a year on their heating and cooling bills.

Cellulose Insulation – Cellulose insulation, which can also be referred to as blow-in insulation, is extremely common in the United States. It is typically made from white cellulose, which is a byproduct of newspapers, cardboard, and other recyclable materials. The term “blow-in insulation” is used because this type of insulation is literally blown into a home’s walls through tiny holes that are drilled under the siding. The R-value of cellulose insulation is more than sufficient for most residences, especially those in warmer regions like the Carolinas. Cellulose is a reasonably affordable material, so having this type of insulation installed typically doesn’t break the bank.

Radiant barriers – Radiant barriers are typically installed in attic spaces and are designed to lower heating and cooling bills throughout the year. They are designed to reflect light, keeping your house cooler during the hot summer months and warmer when it is cold outside. Radiant barriers are ideal for houses in the balmy Carolinas, especially for those who live in regions where it rarely gets cold. Even if you do reside in a relatively chilly, mountainous area, though, a radiant barrier may still be an option for you. Simply talk to your contractor about the pros and cons in your situation.

Alternative insulation options – In this day and age, as homeowners become increasingly concerned with using green, eco-friendly materials as much as possible, several alternative home insulation solutions have begun gaining traction. One of these is sheep’s wool, which is typically shorn from living sheep who are not harmed in any way. Sheep’s wool is an excellent insulator; just think about how well it works to keep sheep warm and cool outside all year long. It is also waterproof. Recycled blue jeans are another great, unique insulation choice. The insulation made using denim is typically at least 75% recycled materials, which is excellent for anyone who is trying to made eco-conscious choices.

If you have questions about any of the insulation options mentioned here, or about insulating your home in general, the team at Hatch Homes is here to help. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our experts who will be happy to answer any inquiries you may have and provide you with information about all of the services we offer. We are thrilled you are considering us.

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