First we cleaned the attic removing all un-needed material from the area to be blown and then we got to work.
You will want to calculate how much insulation you need for your home. Go here to GreenFiber to get your calculations. We are region 3 with existing insulation so they recommended R25 to R38 for us. This helps you determine how many bags of insulation you need to purchase.We purchased our insulation at our local Lowe's store. They offer you the blowing machine FREE with the purchase of 20 bags or more. We went ahead and purchased 40 bags just in case and that ran us about $321.00. There is also a deposit of $250.00 for the machine, but that is refundable when you return it back to the store on time.
NOTE: We noticed that if you order your insulation online you can save quite a bit of money. Here's the link to what we bought. It was $7.79 online opposed to $10.41 in the store. We received another 5% off for using our Lowe's credit card. Woohoo! They will email you when your order is ready for pick-up at your store.
When everyone is in place, turn on the machine and load 1/2 of one bag, broken into small pieces into the hopper. Continue adding a 1/2 bag at a time being careful not to overload the machine.
I was in charge of keeping the hopper fed. My honey was the one directing the insulation where it was needed and the kiddo was holding the extra long hose behind him to keep from getting into a jumbled mess. This helped tremendously!
read here) on this GreenFiber insulation says the material will settle over time so to make sure you blow in more than you think you need while you're already up there. Our home is 1500 square feet and we used about 35 bags in total and got a good 10 inches all over the attic.
That night we noticed that it seemed to sound different in the house and we slept a little warmer than normal too! I can't wait to see our electric bill drop down. The real test will be this summer when we reach temperatures of over 100 degrees.
It doesn't have to be done all at once. It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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