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Is One Type of Insulation Better Than the Others?

Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 9:57 am

Insulation comes in many types, from traditional fiberglass to foam board. Here on Merritt Island, insulation plays a huge role not only in keeping your house warm in the winter, but cool in the summer as well. (The latter is likely more important here on the steamy Florida coast.) The type of insulation you choose will have a considerable impact on that. Is one type of insulation better than the others? It depends on your circumstances; each one offers its share of advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a list of some of the most prominent ones:

  • Fiberglass. Fiberglass is considered very efficient and cost effective. It’s noncombustible, and it doesn’t retain water, meaning that it can retain its ability to hold in heat very well. This of no small concern considering our humidity issues in Florida.
  • Cellulose installation. This type is much less expensive than other forms of insulation, but has its share of issues. It’s made from shredded newspaper, which means it doesn’t retain heat especially well: requiring more insulation to achieve the same effect. It’s also more vulnerable to fire and retains moisture more than it should.
  • Foam board insulation. Foam board is usually made from various types of chemicals, and is extremely efficient in both the summer and the winter.  It’s not as eco-friendly as some other types of insulation, however, and it can be more expensive depending on which type you buy.

The right kind of insulation for you depends on your home, your budget and what kind of energy saving you hope to achieve. On Merritt Island, insulation choices are made easier by advice from a trained service technician like the kind on staff at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.. We can help answer the question “is one type of insulation better than the others?” matched to your particular circumstances and with an eye on the best deal for your home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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