Choosing Between Home Insulation Types

When it comes to heating and cooling, home insulation can have a strong impact on keeping your home comfortable, and it can even save you money on energy bills each year. However, there’s quite a bit to consider when insulating your home, as there are many home insulation types to choose from and it can also be a costly endeavor—though it most often pays off. Regardless, insulating or replacing the insulation in your Michigan home is a big commitment and you should be well prepared and informed about each type of insulation so you can make the right choice. With so many home insulation types to choose from, where do you even start?

Here at Applegate Home Comfort, we strive to bring comfort to Michigan homeowners through quality HVAC services—and we’ve been doing so since 1952. Because we care so much about your home and comfort, we’d like to inform our fellow residents with the necessary information to make the right decision in choosing among the many home insulation types. With this, you’ll improve your home’s energy efficiency and keep your home comfortable. Now, let’s take a look at some common types of home insulation.

Most Common Home Insulation Types

Among the many options you have in choosing insulation materials, there are essentially four main groups to choose from: blankets, blown-in insulation, spray foam, and foam board. Within each of these groups, you have a few types to choose from. Each varies in cost, method, and of course R-value. R-value defines how well an insulating material resists heat flow (the higher the R-value, the better). Check out the list below detailed information explaining each type of home insulation:

  • Fiberglass: With the option to blow in or place as blankets, fiberglass is one of the more common home insulation types. With an R-value of R3 per inch, fiberglass is fairly inexpensive and more simple to install. It’s also resistant to moisture damage. Though it can irritate your skin, you won’t come in contact with it once installed.
  • Cellulose: Cellulose is what we use here at Applegate. A loose-fill material (blown-in), cellulose is environmentally friendly, as it’s made from recycled paper. Cellulose can be blown or poured in, making it ideal for oddly shaped areas. 

While there are a few more types of home insulation to choose from, those listed above are the most common and the more preferable in regards to cost and efficiency. Regardless of the type, considering insulating your Michigan home is a good idea, and it’s always recommended. You could potentially save hundreds on your heating and cooling costs each year, all the while making your home more environmentally friendly.

Insulate Your Home with Applegate Home Comfort

Like we said before, we use cellulose insulation here at Applegate. Not only is it efficient, but it’s also environmentally friendly, making it a common choice among many homeowners. If you’d like to reduce energy bills and keep your home comfortable throughout the year, consider insulation!

If you are interested in having us insulate your home, you can get in touch with us at 517-337-7700. You can also contact us here.