The Importance Of Blown In Insulation
Have you feeling cold in your own home lately? Does it feel like the snow seems to easily penetrate into the house? Are the children complaining and demanding that you buy a heater or even a fireplace for them to sleep beside during those cold winter nights? You could opt to buy a heater but this is often only a temporary solution. A better solution would be to ensure that your home is well equipped with proper building insulation. Thermal insulation in particular is important to keep the occupants of the house warm, snug, and comfortable. With proper thermal insulation you need not spend hefty electrical fees on heaters and the like.
However, the installation of building insulation is not as easy as it sounds. When the construction of the family home has long been finished you cannot easily alter building insulation unless you start tearing the walling apart piece by piece in order to reinstall better thermal insulation. Oftentimes, the best solution in this instance is to avail of blown in insulation. By blown in insulation, you blow loose particles into the attic or loose walls.
There are three basic blown in insulation types. There exists the fiberglass insulation which consists mainly of small particles of spun fiberglass. There is mineral wool insulation which consists mainly of particles of rock and steel slag. There is cellulose insulation which consists of papers and cardboards which are treated with chemicals and the like in order to make these resistant to insect attacks and fire.
Blown in insulation cost varies depending on the type of blown in insulation which you have opted for. The best way to estimate the basic cost in your area is to call at least three or four companies or partnerships which specialize in the same and ask for the price of their services. The general average will eventually emerge from the inquiries you have made. Having companies install your insulation will be a bit pricier than “Do it Yourself” (D.I.Y.) installation, but at the same time you do not have to be bothered by whether or not you have installed the insulation properly. You can also have a warranty with some companies as opposed to D.I.Y. insulation. On the other hand, D.I.Y. insulation would be cheaper but more time consuming and frustrating if you have not the faintest idea of what you are doing. However blown in insulation costs are lesser than having to spend for heaters and warmers all over the house and it is relatively permanent.
Blown in attic insulation is particularly effective because it covers more area and it leaves no open areas when done correctly. Check the size of your attic to gauge the amount of materials that you will need in case you plan to do insulation plans by yourself.
Blown in attic insulation can be a back breaking task but quite rewarding in the long run. Make sure that if you decide to do it yourself that you are amply covered. If these particles make contact with your skin, you might end up itching for days on end. In insulation, you will install cardboard or paper baffles over the ceiling. At the same time you need to make sure that you do not cover vents and the like. You then need to make a dam around the attic access hole. Ready the insulation blowing machine and start blowing into the far ends of the attic itself. After the task is done put the attic lid hole back in place and try not to go back up the attic often. Crushed particles often decrease the thermal value. The level of blown in insulation depends on the blown in insulation type which you have opted to use for the process.
In order to help you determine the amount to insulation needed to produce the desired thermic value or R value, you might want to use a blown in insulation calculator. You might find calculators are readily available in the internet. These calculators are ready and simple to understand. However, make sure that you have a measuring tape because you generally need to measure the depth and width of the area concerned. You could calculate the amount yourself but the extra work might only result in the same output as when you would have used a calculator in its stead.
When loose insulation starts to lose it R value over the years you can simply replenish it by having more insulation blown in. Removing blown in insulation is quite a mess and takes a lot of work. Unless the insulation has gotten quite wet there is simply no need for removal. However if you so desire to remove the insulation then make sure that you will be amply covered. Bring a lot of trash bags and try using a vacuum if you are able. If you are using a vacuum you will often go back down to empty the canister however. A vacuum would be useful for the sides of the area however. Removing blown in insulation might take a few days depending on how much work you are willing to put in a single day.
Blown in insulation is a very practical method of bettering your thermal insulation. Do not forget that during those cold and chilly nights that having a fire might not be possible or practical. Thermal insulation lets you have that heat for years without the constant worry of rising bills and supplies.