Insulation helps regulate the temperature of your home to ensure maximum efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. This means that your home will stay the temperature you want it to be. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is needed in our unpredictable Canadian climate, making insulation an important part of your home year round. Read on to learn more about the best insulation options for your home and their associated costs.
Spray foam insulation is made up of liquid polyurethane. Once injected into the space, it will harden and form a solid foam. For this reason, spray foam is a popular choice for insulation as it has the ability to seal leaks and gaps inside existing spaces, such as walls and floors. It can be used anywhere in the home. From exterior walls, ceilings, floors, attics, and basements spray foam insulation is always a great option. The average cost of spray foam insulation can range from $0.44-$1.00 per square foot.
Blown-in insulation can consist of either fibreglass, rock wool, or cellulose. Similar to spray foam, loose insulation is blown onto the surface that needs to be covered. Blown-in insulation can be installed through an easily repairable hole in the wall rather than ripping up the entire space. This type of insulation is most commonly used in unfinished attics, but is also great for walls. The average cost of blown-in insulation is anywhere from $0.65-$1.00 per square foot.
Fibreglass batts are made up of fibreglass or rock wool and come in sections. For installation it is fitted between your home’s frames. The batts can be cut into any shape to fit into difficult areas. This type of insulation is commonly used for exterior walls, basement ceilings, and attic floors. Fibreglass batts are not suitable for areas that are subject to high moisture. The average cost of fibreglass batts is $0.12-$0.60 per square foot. Be sure to consult a pro to see if this is a good option for your home.
Reflective barriers, as they sound, work through reflecting radiant heat. This type of insulation is most commonly used in attics and is most effective in warmer climates or during the summer months. The roof absorbs a lot of heat, which is then transferred into the attic. The reflective barrier helps to reduce the amount of radiant heat that is transferred, leaving the attic cooler. In some cases, if you install reflective barriers you can actually downsize your air conditioning system. The average cost of reflective barriers is from $0.15-$0.30 per square foot.
Insulation can help save you money on your heating and cooling bills. It will also help to keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. To ensure long-term efficacy, be sure to hire and not DIY this project. Click here to talk to a pro about which type is best suited for your home and budget today.
Article updated June 2022.