Insulating your home is a great investment in reducing both your heating and cooling bills year after year. Insulation is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project with the right protective equipment. Insulation for your home comes in many types and which type you choose depends on what amount of insulation you need and what part of you home needs insulation.
Insulation is the barrier for the inside of your home from the heat or cold conditions outside. It comes in different forms and is rated by what’s called the r-value. The higher the r-value, the greater the insulative abilities for your home. Insulation can also reduce outside noises and help sound proof between rooms.
Fiberglass batting insulation is a great option if you are looking at insulating your home yourself, as long as you protect yourself with gloves, long sleeves, a dusk mask, and eye protection. Fiberglass batting has a r-value of 3 to 4 per inch of insulation. This type of insulation is easily cut with a knife and fits snugly around the framing inside of the walls of your home. Fiberglass insulation is sold in rolls at most do-it-yourself stores.
Loose-fill insulation is also a great option for advanced do-it-yourselfers if you’re up for crawling in an attic or have access to the tools to inject the fill into your existing walls. Loose-fill insulation comes in fiberglass, mineral wool, and cellulose. They have a r-value of 3 to 4 per inch. While the batting insulation comes in sheets, the loose fill typically settles and may require re-filling in time. Don’t attempt using the loose-fill insulation unless you use proper protective equipment, access to the filling tools, and the ability to drill and close the holes created.
Mineral wool batting
Mineral wool batting insulation is very similar to fiberglass batting except it costs slightly more. Mineral wool is another great type of insulation for a do-it-yourself project. This insulation has a r-value of 3 to 4 and it’s higher density adds extra noise reduction. Mineral wool batting also typically has greater fire resistance than other types of insulation.
Polystyrene foam boards
Polystyrene boards can be installed yourself on the interior or exterior of your home under siding and provide a great r-value of 4 to 5. On the interior, polystyrene foam board insulation can be applied over batting, under drywall or other non-flammable interior wall covering.
Concrete block foam
Concrete block foam is a type of insulation reserved for professional installation unless you possess advanced masonry skills. This foam insulation is sprayed inside concrete block walls and provide an r-value between 4 to 5 with it’s seamless air barrier against outside temperatures and sounds.