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Look for ENERGY STAR Certified Insulation

Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR. Insulation saves energy when installed according to ENERGY STAR guidelines.

Finding certified insulation is easy.
Just look for the blue ENERGY STAR
mark on products at your local retailer.

Insulation product types

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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
  • Fiberglass
  • Mineral (rock, stone or slag) wool
  • Plastic fibers
  • Natural fibers (cotton, wool)
  • Unfinished walls, including foundation, basement and crawlspace walls
  • Floors and ceilings
Basic
Foam board or rigid foam
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyisocyanurate
  • Polyurethane
  • Unfinished walls, including foundation, basement and crawlspace walls
  • Floors and ceilings
  • Unvented low-slope roofs
  • Exterior continuous insulation
  • Exterior below grade foundation walls
Intermediate
Loose-fill and blown-in
  • Cellulose
  • Fiberglass
  • Mineral (rock, stone or slag) wool
  • Enclosed existing wall or open new wall cavities
  • Unfinished attic floors
  • Other hard-to-reach places
Intermediate
Rigid fibrous or fiber insulation
  • Fiberglass
  • Mineral (rock, stone or slag) wool
  • Ducts in unconditioned spaces
  • Other places requiring insulation that can withstand high temperatures
Intermediate
Sprayed foam and foamed-in-place
  • Cementitious
  • Phenolic
  • Polyisocyanurate
  • Polyurethane
  • Enclosed existing wall
  • Open new wall cavities
  • Unfinished attic floors, attic ceilings
Advanced (Certified Installer Needed)

Learn more about different types of insulation on the U.S. Department of Energy website Exit ENERGY STAR.

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