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How to Figure Out the Best Insulation for Your Home

December 2, 2014 | Blog

The weather in Corpus Christi can be a mixed bag, to say the least. From June through August, daily temperatures typically exceed 90 degrees; however, it’s rare to go more than a few days in the winter without turning on the heater. Because the climate here is so varied, it’s crucial to invest in the best insulation for your home. 

There are several different types of insulation. Although you can use a variety of materials, the best insulation for your home is probably made of fiberglass. Cellulose is another popular type of insulation, but it can cause unwanted dust problems in the home. Although it is possible to insulate your home with other materials, these products are supported by decades of scientific research and are considered to be the safest available.

Getting Down to Business

While you’re mulling over which is the best insulation for your home, you may want to consider installation types. If you’re planning on insulating your attic, there are three popular methods for installation:

  • Batts- These long pieces of insulation consist of fiberglass or cotton and are made up of interweaving fibers. While it’s simple enough for most homeowners to work with, this type of insulation is very inefficient, because of the gaps that are commonly left behind.
  • Blown- Fiberglass and cellulose are frequently blown into attics and crawlspaces. Because the insulation is torn into small pieces, it’s a much better choice than batts. This type of insulation requires special machinery in order for proper placement.
  • Sprayed- There are two types of spray foam- open and closed cell. The foam can be made out of several different materials. Open cell foam is cheaper than closed cell foam, but it’s less energy efficient. Closed cell foam may be the better option over the long run.

Insulation is a good investment and a wonderful way to control your heating and cooling costs, but many products require an installer with expertise. To learn more about how to increase home comfort, give the pros at CCAC, Inc. a call. You’ll be glad you did.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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