What Is the Best Home Insulation to Use?


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The pros at Valley Insulation have seen it all. We’ve been around since 1977, and we continue to be one of the top insulation installers in Greater Cincinnati. One of the most frequently asked questions we get as we talk to potential customers is, “What’s the best home insulation to use?” Today’s blog from Valley Insulation answers that question.

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Where is the home insulation going?

First, you need to determine where your building needs home insulation. After an energy audit, our staff may recommend attic insulation to fill spaces in between the supports of your ceiling. Exterior wall insulation offers a way to deaden the sound coming from outside and a way to maintain the right indoor temperatures. Crawl space insulation helps control and manage moisture under your house, which can prevent expensive structural problems while managing interior temperatures.

What are the recommended R-values?

The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Cincinnati area as on the border between Zones 4 and 5 in terms of the recommended R-values for home insulation. Attics in our area should have an R-value of 38 to 60. Floors should have an R-value of 25 to 30. Walls need insulation with an R-value of 13 to 15 at 3.5 inches deep.

Blow-In Cellulose Insulation for Walls & Attics

Blow-in cellulose insulation is the best, most cost-effective choice for walls and attics for several reasons. 

  1. Fills in all nooks and crannies. Ordinary insulation, such as fiberglass batts, can’t fill in all of the spaces in a wall or attic. Blow-in cellulose insulation fills in every possible space in a wall or on top of a ceiling. Plus, fiberglass may be compacted as it’s put into a wall cavity, which means it loses effectiveness.
  2. Costs versus energy savings. Home insulation pays for itself over time, and the savings may increase the longer you own your home. Your individual results may vary, but home insulation is probably the best investment you can make in your home.
  3. Easier to install. Blow-in insulation is the easiest product to install for existing homes. For attics, cellulose home insulation can be blown in a way that works around any existing storage spaces, HVAC ductwork, and structural beams. Blowing insulation into walls is much less labor-intensive compared to removing all of the sheetrock for fiberglass batts.

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Valley Insulation specializes in Nu-Wool cellulose insulation for homes and businesses. Complete customer satisfaction is our goal, and we want you and your family to be as comfortable as possible in your home. Contact Valley Insulation or call (513) 353-4100 to get a free quote for home insulation.

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