Insulation Guide for 2018
When temperatures in Michigan drop into the single digits, or even below, your home’s insulation becomes critical to retaining much needed heat. In addition to keeping your family comfortable and warm, your home’s insulation should keep energy costs at manageable rates. When looking to replace or install insulation, proper knowledge and research will save you money both now and in the future.
Since 1952, Applegate Home Comfort has been the go to provider of home insulation in Michigan. With our 98% customer satisfaction rating, we have earned the trust of the community and our customers. Our HVAC technicians are trained and certified to inspect and install insulation. Let’s talk a little more about insulation.
What is the R-Value?
The R-Value of an insulation product is the thermal measurement relating to how well they insulate. The higher the R-Value the higher the heat resistance and the higher the insulative potential. Factors that can influence the R-Value needed in a home’s insulation are: where you live, the space you are insulating and type of insulation.
Common Types of Insulation
Choosing the right type of insulation can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for. There are 4 basic categories of home insulation types:
- Fiberglass: This is one of the more inexpensive and easy ways to insulate your home, especially when the walls are open. Fiberglass insulation has an R-Value of R3 per inch and can resist moisture damage. If fiberglass comes in contact with the skin, it can cause irritation.
- Spray Foam: There are 2 types of spray foam insulation: open and closed cell. Open cell creates air bubbles and pockets that don’t fully close. The air pockets slow down the heat flow but can also allow for water leakage. Closed cell insulation is when air bubbles are closed, making the material more dense. This is more effective in preventing heat loss and water leakage.
- Cellulose: This is our insulation of choice at Applegate. Made of recycled paper, cellulose is an environmentally friendly blown or poured in material. Treated with chemicals, the recycled paper is pest and water resistant and very effective at slowing heat flow. This type of material should be replaced every 5 years.
- Mineral Wool: Similar to fiberglass without the skin irritation, mineral wool is the more expensive alternative. The benefit of this insulation is its ability to withstand higher temperatures than other insulation types.
Whether you’re remodeling, building or just replacing old material, your home’s insulation is vital to keeping you warm and dry through the cold winter months. We offer obligation free insulation inspections if you are unsure of your need. To schedule your appointment call 517-337-7700 or fill out this online form **
Schedule Your Tune-up Today!
With the health and safety of your home and loved ones at stake, don’t put off scheduling your obligation free insulation inspection today. Applegate has been serving Michigan communities since 1952. We strive to provide superior service while maintaining affordable prices. To schedule your insulation inspection call 517-337-7700 or fill out this online form **
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- Definition of R-Value
- Attic Insulation Considerations
- Checking Your Insulation