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The most energy efficient way to insulate an attic

Cellulose blown

Cellulose blow insulation is quick and inexpensive and seals air spaces better than batt insulation. It has a R-value of 3.8 per inch of insulation thickness. Fiberglas blown insulation has an R-value of 2.3 to 2.8 per inch and as such is less resistant but cheaper than cellulose. Because of the health risks it poses to the lungs and skin during installation, it is best installed by a professional.

Cotton fiber batt

Cotton fiber batt insulation is an excellent insulator that is easy and safe to install and thus can be done by anyone. This insulation is removable and thus can be reused in future. It has an R-value of 3.7 and is environmentally friendly. It is much safer than Fiberglas but twice expensive. Fiberglas batt insulation has an R-value of 3.1 to 4.2 depending on the needed density of insulation. Unlike the other three forms of insulation, Fiberglas batt insulation saves a lot on energy, making it a worthwhile investment. It’s the most energy efficient way of insulating an attic. Installing fiberglass batts requires a utility knife, safety glass, gloves, taping knife, straightedge, a dust mask and an insulation to fit depth of stud cavity. This insulation irritates hands and throat and thus the use of gloves and dust mask respectively.

Fiberglas batt

For best installation, carefully fill all stud cavities with tight-fitting batts so that voids and gaps are completely eliminated. The batts are found in standard sizes but can be cut depending on the size and shape of the gap to be filled. One should be very accurate when cutting down these batts. Usually, slightly oversized batts are the best because they cover all space; small batts leave gaps and void. Summary: Insulation is important and available in a variety of options. Of course, each has its own benefits. Fiberglass batt insulation provides the best results, in terms of efficiency.]]>


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