Understanding Blown Fiberglass Insulation Installation
- Author Jeremy Smith
- Published November 30, 2011
- Word count 462
Choosing the right attic insulation for any home is an important step toward saving money on energy costs and maintaining a consistent, comfortable temperature inside the home. This is especially important in the colder months of the year because many homes lose their heat through the roof space resulting in larger heating bills and more wear on heating equipment that is trying to keep a consistent temperature in the home. Adding blown insulation to the home’s attic space is a small expense compared to the savings and comfort that it provides over the years after successful installation.
Blown insulation is an economical choice when looking at options for insulating. Fiberglass insulation is the most commonly used type of blown insulation on the market today. It has the benefits of being fire safe and easy to install in addition to containing at least 20 percent recycled glass.
Contractors have the installation process down to a science, so adding insulation to the attic space is quick and economical. The contractor will use a blowing machine connected to a truck to successfully add the fiberglass insulation to the attic floor until it is at the level of the ceiling joists. The entire process takes a few hours at most for the whole job to be completed. Using a contractor for installation will also ensure that any additional requirements, such as wrapping any heat producing fixtures, door bell transformers and light fixtures in the attic to prevent any problems that come up from covering them in the heat-holding insulation.
Blown-in fiberglass insulation can be done by the homeowner as a do-it-yourself project if the person is savvy at completing home improvement projects and is experienced. Otherwise, this is best left to the professionals. It is important for the homeowner to remember not to walk on the sheetrock in the attic and stand on the ceiling joists when attempting to install the insulation in the attic. The sheetrock will not hold the weight of a person and will result in a fall through the ceiling to the room below.
A hopper will have to be rented with this do it yourself project and it is a two person job, one person will be in the attic and the other will have to stay with the hopper to refill it as it empties. It will take a little longer than the contractor option but will save some money on the installation charges.
No matter which option is chosen for insulating the attic and the rest of the house, it is a wise decision for anyone that owns their home. It ensures that heat and cooling loss is kept to a minimum, resulting in lower energy bills year-round and a more comfortable home during all seasons of the year.
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