Blown insulation is good to have, especially in an older home. The benefit mainly has to do with efficiency, and according to Superpages and the U.S. Department of Energy, “space heating and cooling consume 44 percent of the energy used in one’s home. By installing blown-in insulation for a few hundred dollars, it is possible to reduce one’s monthly heating and cooling bill by 10 to 30 percent.”
Blown insulation can be made of cellulose, fiberglass, or rock wool and is typically the preferred type of insulation because of it’s ability to mold to fit any type of space – from wall cavities to tight corners. Blown insulation made of cellulose is the most environmentally friendly option, safer to install than fiberglass, and has a slight edge in the efficiency department. Either way, installing blown-in insulation should be done by a professional since it requires certain equipment the average homeowner doesn’t have access to (or know how to use).
If you’re living in a house that was built within the last 10-15 years, then it probably already has blown insulation. If it was installed correctly, then you are set for some time. Here is an article on proper blown in installation if you’re worried that whoever installed your blown insulation did a poor job. The concern after those 10-15 years then becomes whether the blown insulation has settled too much, which means it is no longer working to its full potential.
Don’t hesitate to call us if you are either in need of installing blown-in insulation or have concerns about how it was installed. We will send out on of our team members, an HVAC technician, to take a look. We refrain from giving blanket statements in situations such as these until we’ve inspected your home. Different houses have different needs and we are always careful to prescribe a solution that specifically addresses these concerns. It is all a part of our mission to provide our customers with excellent service and total home comfort.