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.
  • Spray Foam: Within spray foam insulation, you have two different types: open and closed cell. Open cell is cheaper and got its name as the bubbles inside the foam never completely close. These little bubbles create air pockets to slow down heat flow, but can also allow water to pass. Closed cell spray foam is far more dense, as its bubbles or cells are closed. It won’t allow water or air to pass through, more effectively slowing heat flow.
  • 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. It is then treated with chemicals to resist moisture, pests, and of course heat flow. Cellulose can be blown or poured in, making it ideal for oddly shaped areas. You should, however, replace cellulose every 5 years or so.
  • Mineral Wool: Also called rock wool, mineral wool is quite similar to fiberglass, however, it’s often more expensive yet it doesn’t cause skin irritations with contact. It can also be blown in or poured, and it’s often preferred for its ability to withstand higher temperatures than other home insulation types.

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.