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We understand your locality’s building codes and regulations. In the U.S., the National Electric Code (NEC) forbids blown-in insulation in older homes with certain types of outdated wiring systems, because overheating wires can create a fire hazard. Economizer will be able to advise you on the best type of insulation for your particular structure
Quick and easy:
- A 1,000 sq. ft. attic will take less than 4 hours to fully insulate
- Provides easy clean-up
- Puts the insulation where you want it
- No mess
- Safe and reliable
- Low amounts of dust.
Blown insulation, also called loose-fill insulation, is commonly used to insulate existing structures that previously had no insulation, or where additional insulation is needed. It is made up of loose particles which are blown into an attic or into wall cavities, which are the spaces between the interior and exterior walls of a building. Since even distribution of the material is important, and because special pneumatic equipment is required, installation is usually done by a professional.
Using blown insulation has many advantages. It is fairly economical, and is much easier to install in hard-to-reach areas, as well as working around obstacles such as chimneys or stove vents. Blown-in insulation is eco-friendly because it makes use of recycled materials. It can be used as the primary type of insulation, or it can be added to other types of insulation to help fill in the gaps and provide an additional heat barrier.
The insulation has millions of tiny air pocks that give it that strong insulating power. It’s further conditioned through the length of the hose, and bounces its way up to your attic, increasing the number of air pockets and increasing the insulation even more.
Batt insulation comes in pre-cut panels and is used to insulate floors, walls, and ceilings. This type of insulation is generally made of fiberglass or rock and slag wool, although there are also natural cotton varieties available for thermal and acoustic installation. Fiberglass batt insulation is one of the most popular forms, as it tends to be fairly inexpensive and easy to install. If installed properly, this insulation can be effective, energy-efficient, and long-lasting.
Batts are precut, whereas blankets are available in continuous rolls. Cutting it to accommodate electrical boxes and other obstructions allows air a free path to cross through the wall cavity. One can install batts in two layers across an unfinished attic floor, perpendicular to each other, for increased effectiveness at preventing heat bridging. Blankets can cover joists and studs as well as space between them. Batts can be challenging and unpleasant to hang under floors between joists; straps, or staple cloth or wire mesh across joists, can hold it up.
Gaps between batts (bypasses) can become sites of air infiltration or condensation (both of which reduce the effectiveness of the insulation) and requires strict attention during the installation. By the same token careful weatherization and installation of vapor barriers is required to ensure that the batts perform optimally. Air infiltration can be also reduced by adding a layer of cellulose loose-fill on top of the material.
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