Insulating Your Attic Using AttiCat®
The AttiCat® Insulation Blowing Machine conditions the AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK™ FIBERGLAS™ Insulation by breaking it up, thereby adding millions of tiny air pockets that give the material its insulating power. The insulation is further conditioned throughout the length of the hose. As the AttiCat® PINK™ FIBERGLAS™ Insulation bounces its way up to your attic, more and more air pockets are added, increasing its insulating power the entire way!
What’s your R-value?
Below are the U.S. Department of Energy recommended minimum R-values for your climate zone.
Your Climate Zone: 4
|Attics||2x4 Walls||2x6 Walls||Floors||Crawlspaces|
|Zone||4||R38 to R60||R13 to R15||R19 to R21||R25 to R30||R25 to R30|
Choosing the Right Insulation
Fiberglass insulation is sold in roll and batt form; both are available with or without kraft paper facing. Use the guide below to select the best insulation for your project.
Blown-In insulation is installed using blowing machines; best for adding additional insulation in attic.
Continuous rolls are easy to transport and can be cut to length; great for large areas.
Batts come in pre-cut lengths for faster installation and each package contains more square feet than rolls; ideal for framed cavities.
Faced insulation uses kraft paper vapor barriers to control moisture transmission between walls and floors.
Unfaced insulation does not have a vapor barrier; can be used over existing insulation in the attic, or where moisture control is not needed.
All purpose insulation combining the benefits of improved air quality, fire resistance, sound absorption and outstanding thermal performance.
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It is important to purchase a few inexpensive pieces of protective gear before you begin your project to keep you safe and clean while insulating.
- Face Mask: Fiberglass can be an irritant. Owens Corning recommends wearing a properly fitted NIOSH or MSHA approved disposable dust respirator while installing any insulation and while working in the attic. The 3M Model 8210, Model 8271 (for high humidity environments) or equivalent are available at most home improvement retail locations.
- Gloves and Goggles: Wear gloves, goggles, pants and a long-sleeve shirt while insulating to help minimize contact with the material and for easy clean-up and comfort.
Now it’s time to get insulating! Grab your bags of AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK™ FIBERGLAS™ Insulation and head over to the machine rental department to pick up the AttiCat® machine. There, you will receive straight-forward instructions on how to use this innovative new system to start saving on energy costs in no time!