Are you struggling to keep your home cool?
In the sweltering Florida heat, it’s safe to say our AC systems are vital for keeping us comfortable. But that’s not the only way to keep your home cool in those hot summer months.
You might not think it, but proper insulation stabilizes and cools internal temperatures. And blow-in insulation is one of the best to do this.
But don’t just take our word for it! Read on to learn more about blow-in insulation and how to have it installed.
What Is Blow-In Insulation?
Blow-in insulation is a type of attic insulation made from loose fibers spread on the attic floor. It’s also referred to as loose-fill insulation. You can get blow-in insulation in either cellulose or fiberglass.
Cellulose options come from recycled paper products like cardboard, discarded newsprint, and paperboard. It’s then treated for fire resistance. Fiberglass comes from recycled fiberglass (also like batt insulation).
To install it, a tube runs from the end of an industrial blower. This tube runs from the ground up to the attic. Using an installer, the insulation feeds into the blower. Another installer controls the business end of the tubing.
The entire process should only take a few hours. It’s perfect for if you’re having a new roof installed. It gives your contractor the extra time to finish the job.
There are many benefits to blow-in insulation. Here we’ve compiled a list of the main advantages.
Keeps Your Home Cool and Helps Your AC
Down here in Florida, our AC systems are a lifeline we can’t do without. Blow-in insulation helps to keep your home cool. In fact, it’ll help to keep the temperature in your home stable all round.
This means that your AC unit won’t need to work in overdrive to keep you cool in those hot summer months. When a unit has to work too hard, it can cause excess wear and tear. This reduces its lifespan.
Another benefit of your AC unit not working so far is the savings you’ll get on your energy bills. In fact, having a completely insulated attic can reduce AC costs by as much as 30%.
So, it’s a wise investment that, over time, will pay for itself.
Blow-in insulation, especially fiberglass is great for preventing noise escaping through the home. This is due to its superior, airtight seal. If you’ve got neighbors partying all night, or you’re tired of waking up from bad weather this can help.
It’s also great on the flip side of the noise issue. If you’re up late, or you have a baby or dog your neighbors love to moan about it reduces noise leaving your home. Blow-in insulation excels at preventing noise traveling in and out of your home.
Easy to Install
When we’re looking to do any work in our homes, it can be daunting. Especially if it’s a large job that needs doing. A huge advantage of blow-in insulation is that it’s easy to install.
Traditional insulation involves spending hours knelt on the floor. You’ve got to measure, cut, place, and secure each section of insulation. With blow-in insulation blows out of a tube straight into your attic. There, it makes a thermal, seamless protective insulation layer across the whole attic.
It doesn’t matter what type of joists, flooring, or wiring you may have. Blow-in insulation forms tightly around the existing structure to accommodate what’s there. And it’s all done in a matter of hours.
Prevents Against Moisture Damage
Over time, heat and moisture can cause damage. Insulating your attic stops moisture collecting in your home. If it gets in, it can damage walls and even compromise the structure.
Over time, heat rising in your home can cause costly damage. From raising shingles to swelling and cracking joints. Sealed insulation like blow-in insulation can also help prevent this build-up of heat.
Blow-in insulation is also moisture resistant. This means it’s great at preventing mold forming and seeping into your house. This is vital in any climate, but even more so in Florida’s humid climate.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
Sometimes, gaps and spaces in our attics (or poor insulation) allow for air leaks. As well as being energy inefficient it can pollute the air inside our homes. Once in, irritants can spread throughout the home and bed in.
As we’ve seen, blow-in insulation forms a barrier type insulation. This helps stop pollutants and pollens, and airborne toxins getting in the house. This will be a huge boost to the air quality within your home.
Getting new insulation, also remove any irritants that may have already taken root. Especially those living inside the old insulation if you live in an older home.
More Efficient Than Batting
When you lay down cotton or fiberglass batting, you have to cut it size and go around any protrusions. This leaves gaps where hot air will continue to slip through into the rest of your home.
Due to the installation process, blow-in insulation will cover every nook and cranny. It fills in every last spot in an even, protective layer with no seams. Which means no gaps for air to escape. Compared to batting with the same R-value, you can expect to see at least a 22% increase in performance.
If the previous benefits aren’t enough, we’ve got some more good news for you. To get this energy-efficient, high-quality insulation, it’s not going to break the bank!
Bowersox will install blow-in insulation into your attic for only $1/square foot. On top of that, with the energy it’ll save your AC system, it’ll pay for itself. You can usually expect to recoup the installation cost within as little as 2-4 years. Blow-in insulation is the gift that keeps on giving in the best of ways.
Blow-in Insulation Made Easy
So there you have it! Now you know how easy and beneficial blow-in insulation is, and how it can benefit your home.
Not only does it keep heat, humidity, and moisture down, it’s great for keeping your home cool. Temperatures will be more stable, and your AC unit won’t have to strain to keep you comfortable. It’s an affordable investment that’ll pay for itself.
If you want to install blow-in insulation in your home, contact us today. At Bowersox, we’ve got the experience to ensure an on-time clean, quality-focused installation.