Benefits of Using Both Spray Foam & Blown-In Attic Insulation Together
Posted in Spray Foam Insulation, on March 25, 2020
When it comes to ventilation and insulation, your attic is one of the most important rooms. Keeping air circulating and sealing air leaks is absolutely vital since it can prevent water and mold damage, but more importantly, because it is a key part of how energy is consumed in your home. When the attic is not properly insulated, the HVAC system in your home has to do more to compensate. Unfortunately, this ends up being an ineffective effort, and it just ends up driving up your energy bill rather than making a difference to the temperature in your home.
So how do you keep your attic insulated properly? One of the best options out this blown-in insulation combined with other elements such as spray foam insulation This combination can make a huge difference towards keeping your house warm and keeping other systems in your house running the way they should. If you constantly find yourself fiddling with the thermostat and trying to figure out why it won’t just go any warmer, it might be a signal that your insulation is starting to disintegrate and needs to be replaced.
Why blown-in insulation is better for your attic
There are a lot of benefits to blown-in insulation that make it a better choice, especially compared to other options such as fiberglass. Manufactured from plant cellulose, it is an incredibly eco-friendly solution that provides great results. Blown-in cellulose is recycled since it contains recycled paper and plant material, making it a great natural alternative. It retains heat far better, and it is much more effective at heat circulation, which is why it is the best choice for your HVAC system. Cellulose has a lot more coverage since it can fit into difficult corners and small pockets unlike other materials such as fiberglass, which makes it more effective at insulating.
Additionally, blown-in cellulose performs better on thermal scales as well, which is an incredibly important factor if you are looking to reduce your energy bill. Blown-in cellulose has been found to be far more cost-effective for energy bills compared to other options, both in the short-term and the long-term, making it a great attic insulation option.
How spray foam insulation helps with attic insulation
A premium product, spray foam insulation is one of the few products where just one spray can provide a host of benefits. It can boost energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and help in regulating temperatures and HVAC systems, which is why it’s an important part of attic insulation. Adhering to almost any surface, it can seal and insulate quickly and provide a good amount of coverage, making it the perfect companion to blow-in cellulose. It can seal small openings, making it particularly effective in battling insects and weather damage to the attic.
And while there are worries about spray foam and its general environmental impact, there are green solutions out there. For example, at 4 Seasons Insulation, we use Walltite ECO™, which has been praised for its environmental consciousnesses. It exceeds the National Building Code guideline and has been certified as an eco-friendly product by external third parties. It’s the perfect choice for those that want insulation but without causing damage to the environment. Combining blown-in cellulose and spray foam helps uphold your commitment to the environment while still being comfortable in your own home.
The combination of blown-in insulation and spray foam
The combination of blown-in insulation and spray foam pair well for a variety of reasons. Spray foam is effective at sealing air, which is particularly important for attic insulation. Air leaks can cause major issues that prevent attic insulation from performing effectively, such as insect damage, mold damage, and water damage. But having spray foam seal those leaks can help prevent future damage, so you end up saving a lot of time, money, and headaches by creating barriers against it.
Combined with spray foam insulation, blown-in insulation is even more effective. Compared to other materials such as fiberglass, blown-in insulation fills in the additional space to provide increased heating benefits as well as energy efficiency. The filled-in space allows the HVAC to run better and improves the overall ventilation, which means air can circulate correctly and heat is actually retained rather than getting lost in air leaks and other pockets and gaps. Cellulose is able to fit into nooks and crannies, giving it better coverage. All of this means that your HVAC system performs better and more efficiently, thereby saving you money.
It is important to remember across all these different points though, that attic insulation projects are not for DIY beginners or even those with a bit more home improvement experience. These are complex procedures that require a lot of knowledge and expertise, especially in terms of evaluating the attic itself for whether it’s in suitable condition, and what needs to be done before actually undertaking an attic insulation project. Plus, products such as the spray foam and Walltite ECO™ are not designed for individual consumer use. It must be applied by a professional who understands the product, what it does, and what can go wrong. Doing it yourself could pose a lot of risks, especially with unfamiliar products, so it’s definitely better to work with professionals who have the right expertise to help guide you throughout the process.
With the combination of blown-in attic insulation and spray foam, you can create a cost-effective solution that can help improve your house’s HVAC performance, save money, and helps minimize chances of damages. However, if you choose to go down this path, working with a professional is incredibly important. At Four Seasons Insulation, we have decades of experience providing the Greater Toronto Area with residential services such as attic insulation and we take pride in our work. Working with the best materials and processes enables us to do great work that helps your house run as efficiently as possible, while still being cost-effective. To learn more about attic insulation services and how we can help you, please contact us.