Did you know that the average attic is under-insulated? The US Department of Energy recommends that Western Michigan attics be insulated with R-49 or higher insulation. Unfortunately, the average attic is R-20 or lower. That is likely due to the common use of fiberglass batts. Those rolls of “pink stuff” are less effective in Michigan’s climate and difficult to install properly.
Blown insulation offers an efficient solution to increasing your home insulation’s R-value, which can lower your energy costs and improve your home comfort. At WMGB Home Improvement, we can help find where the inefficiencies are in your home and provide blown-in insulation services throughout West Michigan.
What Is Blown-In Insulation?
Blown-in insulation, also known as loose-fill insulation, is a high R-value material—like fiberglass or cellulose—that is blown into an area where insulation needs to be improved, using a large hose. It can be used by itself, or in combination with existing insulation and adds efficiency with minimal renovations to install.
Traditional fiberglass insulation can work well with new construction, but is not as effective when installed retroactively. In comparison, blown-in insulation is much more malleable and can be used to easily insulate the tight or hard-to-reach areas of your home. Blown-in insulation only requires a small hole to install and is great for finished spaces.
Here are some of the other benefits of blown-in insulation:
- Quick & Easy Installation
- Energy Savings
The Best Type of Blown-In Insulation
Both cellulose and fiberglass insulation have a similar R-value, with cellulose being slightly higher. However, each home is different and its insulation needs can vary. Some homes need more attic insulation, while others need more wall insulation. The best type of blown-in insulation for your Grand Rapids home will depend on its age, current insulation, and air leaks.
Both cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation will only provide minimal change in comfort and efficiency if there are air leaks in your home. Air sealing is often used in conjunction with blown-in insulation to maximize its performance and decrease heat loss.
WMGB Blown-In Insulation Services in Michigan
Insulation is an important part of every home. It is also one of the easiest upgrades that can save on energy costs and increase comfort. Our team of experts at WMGB can evaluate your home with a home energy audit and recommend the best blown-in insulation for your West Michigan home.