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Batt or Blown-in: Which Type of Insulation Suits Your Home?

Insulation brings year-round comfort and lowers your energy bills. If you haven’t insulated your home yet, you can start with your attic, the easiest place to add insulation. But first, you have to figure out which type best suits your home and your budget.

Our budget-friendly attic insulation services in Kansas include batt insulation and blown-in insulation. These are two of the best options, and here’s how they differ from one another.

What’s the Difference?

Batt Insulation in Walls PictureBatt insulation comes in the forms of batts or rolls made of flexible fibers or what we commonly know as fiberglass. The latter is the most common insulation material, made from tiny pieces of glass fiber.

This type of insulation works best for areas with open or little spaces for insulation, like the space between wall studs, joists, and beams. A great example of these is cathedral ceilings.

Blown-in insulation, however, refers to the process of covering attic floors, or filling stud or joist activities, with any loose material with good insulating R-value.

Irregularly shaped spaces like attics work well with blown-in insulation. It can fit around the existing features of your home. It will only take an hour or two for a specialist like ours to blow a thick blanket of loose insulation across the space with a hose running up through the attic hatch.

Installation Costs and Insulation R-Values

The cost of installing batt insulation depends on your home’s location, the required amount of labor, plus the ancillary supplies. A standard insulation project needs almost 535 square feet of insulation. The cost averages about $145 to $200. The cost of labor for a complete installation averages between $170 to $420, including supplies, like fasteners, cutters, and tape.

The cost of batt insulation begins at around $0.12 to $0.16 per square foot. You need this much for a three-and-a-half-inch barrier of the said insulation that provides a value of R-11.

For blown-in insulation, it typically costs about $874 to $1,892. Adding insulation for 1,000 square feet of attic space will need materials costing up to $500 to $1,000.

For this type of insulation, every inch of loose fill cellulose provides a value of R-3.2 to 3.8. Loose fill fiberglass, on the other hand, has an R-value of R-2.2 to 2.7 per inch.

The benefits of both types of insulation are enough to help lower your energy costs. If you’re still uncertain about which type of insulation to install, you can ask us for guidance. Our team of experts can help you decide which insulation best fits your attic.

Attic Insulation by the Pros

A+ Insulation specializes in insulation. We’ve lowered the energy bills of more than 10,000 satisfied customers.  We’ve gained so many loyal customers over the years because we make sure to deliver the best experience possible, from evaluation to installation to price.

Our team has the training and certification, ensuring we provide the highest standards in every installation. Leave the job up to us and experience the diligent, efficient work of our insulation professionals.

Contact us today and schedule an appointment.

Why Do You Need to Re-insulate Your Home?

Insulation being addedNo building codes for insulation minimums existed before 1980. With the many changes in the standards for insulation over the years, you still need to check your home’s insulation even if you had the property built after 1980. The standard insulation then may not meet the code today.

At A+ Insulation, we believe that insulating your home provides superior comfort. But re-insulation offers more than indoor comfort.

What You Get from Re-Insulating Your Home

Proper insulation provides thermal resistance around your home. You’ll stay cool during summer and warm during winter with the right type of insulation. Also, you don’t have to worry about heat loss or gain affecting your indoor comfort and your utility bills when you have adequate insulation.

It’s the most cost-effective way to boost the energy-efficiency of your home. Proper insulation helps you save up to 20 percent in energy bills, or up to 10 percent of your heating and cooling costs every year. One of the best ways to save further on your bill is to add insulation to the attic. The ideal R-value for this part of your home is R-38; colder climates would need an insulation level of R-49. You’ll need varying R-values throughout different parts of your home, from the walls down to the flooring.

Reduced energy also means you lower your greenhouse gas emissions, allowing you to contribute to eco-friendly efforts.

Signs Indicating Your Home Needs Re-Insulation

Apart from the age of your property, you can consider multiple factors first before you decide on re-insulating your home. These include your home’s location and its dimensions, the climate, your energy consumption, and your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC).

Here are some questions to consider before calling your insulation provider:

  • Does your home offer the comfort you need from the climate in your location?
  • Does your home get too hot in the summer?
  • Does your home become too cold in the winter?
  • Do your energy bills come higher than you expected?
  • Do some rooms on the same floor in your home have a different temperature than the others?
  • Does your upper floor become hotter in the summer but colder in the winter?
  • Do you use extra portable blankets, portable heaters, and wear an additional layer of clothing in the winter?
  • Do you turn your fans on and sleep without blankets in the summer?
  • Do you consider buying a new window A/C unit, a new furnace, or new windows for the sake of comfort?
  • Do outside noises such as lawn mowers, barking dogs, or traffic bother you even inside your home?

If you answered “yes” to all, or most, of the questions, then your home definitely needs re-insulation.

Dependable Insulation Contractor in Kansas City

Whether it’s an attic or wall insulation, we know what to do. We know the importance of getting the job done right. Our trained and certified technicians will add the right insulation in the right places to help you stay comfortable all year round. With our guidance, we’ll also help you save on energy bills.

Call us today and schedule an appointment.