Blanket insulation is a relatively simple type of insulation. However, there are many types of blankets and not all of them are created equal. So how can you determine which blanket is best for your home?
The average blanket is made of synthetic fibres. Because this type of blanket is not as dense as natural fibres, it is not as effective at blocking heat.
To check this factor, simply measure the thickness of your blanket and subtract three times the fibre content. If the result is less than three times the fibre content then you have probably got a synthetic blanket. These kinds of blankets should be avoided unless you have a thick wall to avoid the lack of insulation, to begin with.
When choosing an average blanket, look for one that is of the same density. For example, if you use a 100 watt light bulb for every square foot of your ceiling, then the average blanket will be 100 watts per square foot. Check to see if the blanket has more or less than this amount of wattage per square foot. If you find a blanket that is significantly less than the average, then you probably have a synthetic blanket.
Double-check your measurements. A more expensive blanket may have a higher density. If you are comfortable with your measurements, then go ahead and purchase the blanket.
Most blanket manufacturers offer their products in different qualities and forms. Check with your distributor to see what form of blanket insulation they recommend. You should be able to purchase a fibre for the particular application and the blanket insulation that are appropriate for your particular climate.
Choose a manufacturer that understands your home and can provide you with a package that contains a foam insert. The foam insert can be used in your attic as well as on the lower levels of your home. It is recommended that you purchase the blanket insulation and the inserts separately. This ensures that you do not have to order two separate products.
Check the label on the insert to ensure that it was tested for different elements. The blanket should be tested for the most common elements such as high temperatures, humidity, electrical currents, cold temperatures, high levels of flow rate, cold conditions, dampness, and the likes.
There are many ways to install blanket insulation. The most common form is to lay the fibre over existing insulating materials. You can lay the blanket directly on top of the existing materials or install an insulation board underneath it.
Make sure that the fibre is laid over aboard and that there is adequate spacing between the boards. Place the board and then use hot glue to stick it in place. If you are installing a board from scratch then apply the fibre to the board from both sides and press the boards firmly into place.
Before installing the blanket you need to measure the area where you want the insulation to be installed. Measure twice and cut once. You can also cut the board from the original board if you wish. You will need to determine the height of the board to ensure that it fits correctly and it also needs to fit into the space between the existing insulating materials.
When purchasing blanket insulation, it is important to remember to measure twice and cut once. This will help you to save time when installing the insulation and make your home less vulnerable to the elements.