All You Need To Know About Blown- In Insulation
What is Blown- in insulation?
Blown-in attic insulation refers to the method of blowing insulation materials such as cellulose or fiberglass. They are thick, dense, and lumpy. Their consistency is similar to those of down feathers and they can fit into tight areas such as walls or in between wires or ducts.
What is blown-in insulation made of?
Blown-in insulation uses materials made of fiberglass or cellulose that’s blown into cavities in walls to fill in gaps in insulation. This type of insulation is perfect for attics, sidewalls and hard to access nooks and crannies.
Cellulose is a great choice as it it eco- friendly. It is made from finely shredded recycled cardboard or newspaper. It is also very effective as it is chemically treated to resist mold and fire.
How is blown- in insulation done?
Professionals of Attic Solutions Iowa use a special machine called the Insulation Blower. The material fills all the gaps and provides great insulation which not only makes your house comfortable but all saves your energy expenditure by 25%.
Pros and cons of blown-in insulation-
Benefits of Blown-in insulation-
1. Blown-in attic insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home during the winter and prevents hot air from outside from entering your home during summers.
2. Insulation works by retaining the warm air generated by heaters in the winter and keeps the house cool during hot summers. This way the AC and heater units work significantly less and result in lower energy bills.
3. Fiberglass insulation have high R- value and are sometimes completely fireproof.
4. Professional insulation companies like Attic Solutions take less time and make the process very quick.
5. Fiberglass and cellulose, both, provide good soundproofing too.
6. Blown-in insulation reduces the occurrence of condensation by controlling your attic temperature.
7. Blown-in attic insulation can be inserted easily into areas that are too narrow or small for batt- insulation. It also fills the space between heaters and AC units in the attic, keeping them properly insulated.
8. Blown- in insulation materials are treated with borates that further prevent insects and moth infestation.
9. Blown-in attic insulation can also easily be layered on top of existing insulation.
10. It is cheaper than batt insulation.
Cons of blown-in insulation
1. Since these materials can cause allergies, it is not advisable to do them
yourself, it is a big no on DIY.
2. If done improperly and inconsistently, it can cause the ceiling to sag.
3. Installing soffit venting is required for full performance.
4. If you’re blowing cellulose over existing fiberglass, one might need to
cut and refit poorly laid batts and insulate plumbing first.
What is the cost of blown- in insulation?
Following factors decide the total cost of blown- in insulation-
1. The state you live in, since R-values vary by location.
2. Climatic conditions.
3. The size of the attic and total area to be insulated.
4. Material chosen, fiberglass is cheaper than cellulose.
5. Installation cost, checkout our easy financing for best prices.
Contact us for Attic Inspection and get a detailed and honest estimate of the budget required for blown-in insulation.