When considering your insulation options, like anything in life, your choice depends on your goals and your budget. 2013 is a good time to think about upgrading your insulation because there is still an energy tax credit of $500 that is available till the end of this year and taking advantage of it by adding insulation to your attic or basement can not only get you the tax credit but you also benefit from the energy savings as well.
The benefits of Fiberglass Insulation
Fiberglass insulation has many benefits to homeowners today and can be applied in a few different ways. The rolled Fiberglass insulation is a good choice for walls or attic ceilings. Blown Fiberglass Insulation for attic floors is a good choice if the attic is not being used for storage. Fiberglass insulation is cost effective and is less than half of what foam insulation can cost a homeowner.
• Rolled Batt Insulation is designed to fit standard spaces between studs
• Easy to install which can keep costs down
• Comes in a variety of R ratings to suit location and geography
• Most made from 30% recycled glass. Good for the environment
• Fire and mold resistant. Small amounts of water have no effect on efficiency.
The benefits of Foam Insulation
Foam insulation is a good choice when a higher R value is a necessity and complete coverage is the goal. The Ridged Foam is the best choice for smaller spaces where fiberglass applications cannot be applied as well. Expanding foam is now made chlorofluorocarbon gas free and is made with hydro chlorofluorocarbons. Soon manufacturers will be able to make products available that do not contain HCFC‘s as well.
• Some foam products are made from recycled fast food containers and cups
• Can be installed on interior or exterior of the wall
• When joints are properly sealed can act as an air and vapor barrier
• Now made with non- CFC gas and soon will be made with no hydro chlorofluorocarbons
• Complete and total coverage
• Best energy savings
The best of both a fiberglass or foam insulation installation is Murray Insulation’s Picture Framing Insulation. Picture Framing uses the coverage of foam insulation in the joints of the panels and then places fiberglass insulation between the studs for an insulation application that has the R Value and Energy savings of foam with a cost much closer to fiberglass!
Take advantage of the Tax Credit by upgrading and replacing your insulation in 2013. Save money on taxes this year and save money on your energy bills every single month!