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Kinds of Attic Ceiling Insulation

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June 29, 2007

There are many kinds of attic ceiling insulation you can use to increase the energy efficiency of your home.  By looking at the various advantages of each, you can make the best choice for your home.  The main categories are loose fill and battings, but within these categories, you have even more to choose from for your attic ceiling insulation - cellulose or fiberglass.

When it comes to attic ceiling insulation, you might be adding more or replacing your old system because you noticed that your air conditioner or heater has been working overtime - and it's not that hot or cold out.  You may have noticed that your energy bills have been rising and you want to do something about it.  You're very wise to take action now by adding more attic ceiling insulation.  Here are the kinds that you can use.

Attic Ceiling Insulation

With loose fill attic ceiling insulation, you can choose from fiberglass or cellulose.  Both of these materials are excellent for insulating a home, but it needs to be blown into the space by an insulation specialist.  If you were to improperly install this kind of fill, you might inhale the dangerous particles and permanently harm your lungs.  However, since this insulation adheres to the shape of your walls and home, it tends to be more efficient than the batting that is also used in many attics.

With batting insulation, you will get precut strips of insulation that you put into the walls and the ceilings.  These are much easier to put into place as well as replace when necessary.  They can be made of fiberglass too and work well to keep either hot air or cold air in when needed.  While most are made of fiberglass, you can also find cotton if that's more appealing to you.  The only problem with batting is that you can have larger gaps between the walls and the insulation itself, which may lessen the overall energy efficiency.

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