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Attic Insulation: Blown-In vs. Radiant Barrier

When you need to insulate your attic, you have a couple different options: blown-in/loose-fill or radiant barrier/reflective. How do you know which one to install? Is one better than the other? Keep reading to learn more!

Blown-in Attic Insulation

Blown-in attic insulation can be either loose-fill cellulose or a fiberglass blown-in blanket system.

Loose-fill Cellulose Attic Insulation

Cellulose insulation can be installed in attic floors and walls and offers superior soundproofing abilities. The way blown-in or loose-fill cellulose insulation works is by trapping hot air—it fits snugly behind walls, around pipes, wiring, etc. and leaves little to no air pockets.

Blown-In Fiberglass Attic Insulation

For attics, blown-in fiberglass insulation is often used. Like cellulose insulation, this type of insulation is installed in the floors and walls.

Blown-in insulation offers a number of benefits. It can:

  • Lower your energy bills
  • Reduce noises between different levels of your home (ideal if you use your attic as a bedroom)
  • Make your home more comfortable
  • Improve the overall efficiency of your AC
  • Help protect against water infiltration and moisture issues

Radiant Barrier Attic Insulation

Radiant barrier, or foil insulation, works a little differently. Radiant barrier insulation isn’t installed in the floors. It’s installed in the ceiling, below your roofing. Radiant barriers work by helping your home reflect, rather than absorb, heat from the sun. But foil insulation like this isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective or practical for every single project. This is where professionals come in!

Do you need attic insulation contractors serving the Hesperia, California area? Contact Apple Valley Insulation. We look forward to helping you save money and live more comfortably all year long!

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