Not all insulation is created equal. Insulation that has been certified by EPA-recognized third-party certification bodies is independently tested to ensure it delivers performance while meeting strict safety standards. ENERGY STAR only partners with insulation manufactures who agree to have their products tested by a third-party certification body. ENERGY STAR also requires that certified insulation is tested to meet flame resistance requirements to help promote fire safety.
The performance of insulation is also highly dependent on the quality of the installation. That is why ENERGY STAR requires manufacturer partners to include instructions that clearly explain how to install their products to ensure maximum performance. Instructions also include safety information to protect the health of you and your family.
Choosing the Appropriate Insulation Type
The type of insulation you use on your project often depends on what kind of project you are planning. Varying degrees of skill are required to install different types of insulation, which may help you decide whether it is better to hire a contractor or do it yourself.
The chart below provides information on the different types of ENERGY STAR certified insulation, which types of projects they are best suited for, and the relative skill level needed for the average homeowner to install them.
|Insulation Type||Materials||Best Suited For||Skill Level Required|
|Blanket: batts and rolls||
|Foam board or rigid foam||
|Loose-fill and blown-in||
|Rigid fibrous or fiber insulation||
|Sprayed foam and foamed-in-place||
||Advanced (Certified Installer Needed)|
Learn more about different types of insulation on the U.S. Department of Energy website.