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If you have noticed your energy bill going up in recent months, your house's insulation could be at fault. Because heat rises to the top, your attic insulation is especially important during the winter season as you don't want warmed air to escape your home, causing your HVAC system to have to remain on in order to replace what was lost. If you looking at replacing some of your attic insulation this season, here's what you need to know about the different types of insulation that are available.
Rolls and Batts (Blanket Insulation)
This probably what you traditionally think of when thinking about attic insulation. A batt arrives in a particular shape that is designed to fit a specific part of your attic, but, in general, it's a big sheet of fiberglass wool. "Rolls" insulation is made out of the same fabric, but it comes literally on a giant roll with no specific shape in mind. You simply unwind the insulation from the roll and then use it wherever you see fit. The bulk of the insulation in your attic will be formed by using batts and rolls to blanket the area.
Loose fill is a type of insulation that is ideal for filling up areas that are hard to reach with "blanket" insulation. It is typically crafted from recycled paper and can be crinkled up and shoved into any gaps that your blanket insulation will not be able to cover.
If you want some extra protection from moisture, spray foam insulation is the way to go. The foam is literally sprayed into place, and it will then expand as it dries. If you have little areas where you believe air might be able to squeak past your blanket insulation and loose fill, spray foam is the solution you need. When it's applied properly, it will produce an airtight seal that molds perfectly along the structure it is placed on. If you've ever installed weather stripping at the bottom of a garage door, you have a general idea of what spray foam is supposed to do.
If your house is getting older, and your energy bill is going up this winter, it might be time for some new attic insulation. A well-insulated attic usually has a mix of blanket insulation, loose fill, and spray foam in order to make sure all possible areas are covered. Contact a local contractor today for more information.