Simply the Best Heating & Cooling offers blow-in attic insulation services to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Gilbert, AZ and the Greater Phoenix area. When it comes to home insulation choices, the most popular products are batts and cellulose. However, we put our trust in a third option. At Simply the Best, we’re confident that blown-in fiberglass insulation offers a significant advantage over other insulation options.
Fiberglass Batts vs. Cellulose Insulation
Batts (cotton or fiberglass) are large pieces of insulation that hold together because they’re made of long, interweaving fibers with adhesive binders. Batts comes in a large roll that can be laid over the top of joists on the attic floor.
Blown-in loose cellulose is made up of recycled newsprint that has been treated with fire retardant. Fiberglass requires no chemicals for fire retardation, whereas, cellulose must be treated with chemicals to be fire retardant.
Fiberglass batts are not absorbent, and because they will not hold water, they will dry out and return to their original R-value after becoming wet. (R-value insulation ratings are used to measure insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R value, the more effective it is. Attic insulation should be purchased based on its R-value, not thickness or weight.)
Fiberglass does not settle over time and will continue to maintain its R-value with age. Cellulose will absorb and hold moisture, tends to settle more than fiberglass and thereby reducing its energy saving potential.
Benefits of Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation over Batts and Cellulose
Unlike batts, blown-in fiberglass insulation will fill the whole space on the attic floor, with no gaps, voids, compression or incompletely-filled areas.
The Department of Energy in Arizona recommends insulation values of R-49 to R-60. New homes are built with R-30 cellulose, the minimum required. Over a short period of time, cellulose can settle to R-19, thus losing its energy-saving properties. Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation will not settle and stays efficient for the life of your home.
Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality with our Attic Insulation Services
If you live in Gilbert, Chandler or Mesa or anywhere west of Phoenix from Goodyear to Sun City, call today to set up an attic insulation installation appointment with Simply the Best Heating & Cooling. Our friendly, knowledgeable attic insulation contractors can work around your schedule and come to your house at your convenience. They’ll first assess your existing insulation, determine how much more is needed, and then professionally install the blown-in fiberglass. Ask our technicians about any discounts for seniors and veterans at the time of your appointment.
Your new insulation will help keep cool air trapped in your home in the summer, and warm air trapped in during the winter, making your heating and cooling system’s workload lighter. If you’ve just bought a home in the Greater Phoenix area, now’s the time to see if your attic needs an upgrade of the insulation that was initially installed. Or if your home is simply heating up or cooling down too fast and making the HVAC system work overtime, Simply the Best has solutions for you.