When thinking of insulating your home, there are a few things to consider before starting the project. Some types of insulation must be applied during the initial building phase, some types can be done as a do-it-yourself project and some types can only be done with specialized tools and machines. You will have to decide which type is right for you, your needs and your experience. But regardless of what type or option you choose, insulation is an affordable way to achieve energy savings.
Consider some of these basic types:
- Concrete block insulation is autoclaved directly into the concrete block itself. It provides 10 times the insulating property or regular concrete, but can only be done on new construction or when adding on to an original structure.
- Rigid fibrous/fiber insulation is used around duct work to seal in heated or cooled air. This can easily be a do it yourself project.
- Blanket batts or rolls is the common insulation for attics and other open spaces. It is stapled between joists and is another good do-it-yourself project
- Loose-fill insulation is blown into existing walls and unfinished attic floors. You will need specialized equipment for this job, and the work involved may be best left to a professional.
- Structural insulated panels are put in place during the building phase. They are placed on unfinished walls, floors, ceilings and roofs.
There are other options, so it’s best to consult with an HVAC professional. He can inspect your home, help you make a wise insulation choice and provide a cost estimate.
For more information about insulating your home, contact us at Overland Park Heating and Cooling. We are your headquarters for all of your residential or commercial heating and cooling needs, serving the Kansas City area since 1983.
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