From fiberglass and foam to plastics and concretes, many types of house insulation are used throughout San Antonio, Texas. But not all insulators are created equal; some prevent heat from being let in (or out) of the home, while others merely absorb a fraction of the heat, and slow down the transfer of the rest. Not sure if the insulation you have is the most efficient option for your home? Read on to learn more.
Insulating blankets may be woven from fiberglass, mineral wool, plastic fibers, or natural fibers. Fitted in the walls, floors, or ceilings of your home, blankets are inexpensive compared to other house insulation options. However, they can contain toxic fibers, which pose a health threat if released into the air.
Made from chemical polymers such as polystyrene and polyurethane, foam board is one of the most durable types of house insulation. Unfortunately, it’s typically installed during new construction, and can’t be added to existing homes.
Loose Fill Cellulose
Sprayed onto finished areas, loose fill cellulose is a convenient type of insulation for irregularly shaped areas. That said, paper-based cellulose fibers soak up water more readily than other types of house insulation. Translation: cellulose is incredibly prone to mold and mildew.
Radiant Barrier Insulation
Unless your San Antonio home was specifically optimized for energy efficiency, there’s a decent chance it’s not outfitted with radiant barrier house insulation – one of the most advantageous insulators on the market. Radiant barrier, which often looks like sheets of foil, blocks 97 percent of radiant heat – the number one cause of heat gain during the summer, and heat loss during the winter. Blankets, boards, and spray-on insulators, on the other hand, provide absolutely no such protection.
Fortunately, radiant barrier insulation usually can be installed right over your existing system, to increase its efficiency and help you see a reduction in monthly energy bills. Radiant barrier is unaffected by humidity, dust, and other factors, and it’s 100% non-toxic – making it perhaps the best option homeowners can choose.
Interested in a free home energy assessment? Contact our San Antonio, TX house insulation experts today.