Properly insulating your house is the first and foremost way to reduce energy costs. Good insulation means that your home stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter (without needing to crank the thermostat). If you’ve been wondering what batt insulation is, read on!
At SoDak Insulation, we specialize in attic and insulation restoration and are South Dakota’s leaders in assessing damages caused by rodent or bat infestation. Contact us today for an inspection and estimate on your home. We can help you choose the best type of insulation for your space.
The Benefits of Choosing Batt Insulation
Compared to other insulation types, batt or blanket insulation is the most common and widely available insulation method today. Also called batt and roll, this type of home insulation can come on a continuous roll or in pre-cut strips. Batt sits between studs, rafters, or joists in a fluffy layer. It is made commonly of fiberglass insulation, plastic, or natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or mineral wool.
Batt and roll insulation is a versatile form of insulation as it comes in varying sizes and thickness or density levels. It is also one of the longest-lasting forms of insulation and, in ideal conditions, can maintain effectiveness for decades.
How does batt insulation help in energy efficiency?
When installed correctly, batt insulation is an ideal form of insulation that protects against air leaks and heat transference. Batt insulation can be layered to increase its R-value. A higher R-value indicates that the insulation has a more effective rate of thermal resistance. How well they prevent heat transference determines the insulation’s R-value.
To have an energy-efficient home, you want to make sure there are close to no air leaks. Batt insulation is available with both faced and unfaced styles. An optional paper or foil backing on the batt helps create an air or vapor barrier.
However, not all houses need this, which is why it is very important to have a professional inspect and assess your insulation needs.
Reasons to Consider an Insulation Inspection
There are many reasons why you might want to replace insulation in your home. It is a good idea to know how old your insulation is as it does degrade or compress over time.
Your energy bills are going up.
If your heating or cooling bills seem higher than last year, it is time to schedule an inspection. Insulation can degrade over time if it begins to flatten or condense. A higher energy bill means that the R-value is decreasing, and your insulation’s effectiveness is reducing.
You notice temperature fluctuations.
If you notice that you are always adjusting the thermostat and struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature, your insulation is not doing its job. It is a good time to have it assessed.
You see evidence of bat or rodent damages.
If you have had any bat or rodent infestation in your attic, there is a high chance that your insulation is in trouble. Removing and restoring the area is one best left to professionals. Luckily for our customers, we are fully licensed to safely remove bat guano, renovate the site, and reinstall insulation.
You’ve had roof-related water damage in the home.
Water damages most home insulation styles, reducing its R-value (or rated level of effectiveness in preventing heat transference). If you have had any water damage, especially in your attic, you will want your insulation assessed.
Drafty house or different temperatures throughout the house.
If you notice your home does not have a consistent temperature throughout the space, it is a good idea to have your insulation assessed.
You’re considering selling your home.
When selling your home, many buyers will want to know the age of the insulation and the kinds of insulation products installed in the house. Refreshing and restoring your roof insulation will go a long way in impressing potential buyers (and will also lower the energy bill, another detail they’ll be interested to know).
How does insulation work?
To understand why insulation functions as it does, it’s important to understand how heat moves. Generally speaking, heat flows from warmer to cooler spaces until there is no temperature differentiation.
That means that the heat will gravitate to any areas in your home that are cooler or uninsulated (garages, attics, basements). Heat can also pass through walls, ceilings, and floors in your home or even through exterior walls to the outside.
Insulation is the key to trapping or slowing the movement of heat in your home. By insulating your home, you are effectively stopping the heat from moving freely. That means your home stays at the right temperature in winter and summer.
Choosing the Right Insulation Professionals
Batt insulation is a terrific option for keeping your home well insulated. But it can be difficult to choose the best option for your home or business. And it’s even harder to install, add, or replace the insulation yourself!
Don’t wait another minute — reach out to your local insulation experts today. SoDak Insulation will answer all your questions and help you figure out the best energy-saving solutions for your home. We have many years experience installing insulation.
Call SoDak Insulation today to schedule a home insulation inspection, and we will make sure the heat in your home stays where it belongs.