Add A Layer Of Comfort And Savings With Insulation

Posted by: on November 1st, 2011 | 10 Comments
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With fall’s arrival the days become increasingly shorter, leaves turn and autumn winds begin to blow.  It’s also the time of year to stop thinking about all the little things that need to be done around the house to prepare for the colder days and nights ahead – and to get started doing them.

One of the best ways to increase the comfort level in your home year-round is to make sure your attic is properly insulated.  Like a good down-jacket in the wintertime, insulation traps air in little pockets, forming a barrier against the outside temperatures.

Insulation levels are specified as R-Value, a measure of insulation’s resistance to heat traveling through it.  The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation.

And, while The Department of Energy recommends a minimum of R38 (13 inches) insulation, most homes only have R19 (6 inches), which means a lot of homeowners are missing out on significant savings and comfort.

It’s particularly important for owners of older homes to check and make sure homes still have adequate insulation, as over time moisture can reduce the R value of insulation, weighing it down, depressing the pockets that trap air and significantly lowering its efficiency.

If your attic lacks proper insulation, or if the insulation in your attic looks trampled, matted and no longer appears fluffy, it is time to replace or add more insulation.  With the Atticat insulation blower you can quickly and safely blow added insulation into every corner and crevice of your attic in a few hours or less.

[How much insulation do you need to buy?  Consult our Insulation Calculator]

Atticat insulation and Atticat insulation blower rentals are available at select Home Depot stores and Tool Rental Centers.  With the purchase of 9 bags or less of Atticat insulation, blower rental is just $75 per day.  If you purchase 10 or more bags of Atticat insulation, rental is absolutely free.

To view our wide selection of insulation products, or for help getting insulation installed in your home, click on the links provided, or visit your local The Home Depot store.



  1. Bill says:

    will blow in insulation work for sound barrier between floors in 2 story home? could you describe the process you would use to install insulation if you would even use insulation over another process. the noise travels from down stairs.

    • Craig Allen says:

      That’s a good question, Bill. My guess is that blow insulation between floors might have a very small effect, but probably not a lot. A lot of the sound that travels between floors is propagated by the frame of the house– the beams and studs and such, and I don’t think insulation can do much to dampen that.

      But, I could be very wrong, so let’s take your question to our online How-To Forums. That’s where a whole team of home improvement experts will be able to mull over your question and give it an answer with some authority.

      I’ve posted your comment on the Forums– click here.

      Thanks for asking.

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

  2. gregory says:

    ive used it twice very simple but it is a two man job to break up the insultion and one to be up in the attic

  3. Aldo says:

    What insulation do your reccomend for the attic?

  4. raynette says:

    i wanted to know if i need to have both the roll of insulation and the blower type? is the blower insulation enough by itself?

    my attic insulation calculation is R-49

    thank you,


  5. raynette says:

    i wanted to know if i need to have both the roll of insulation and the blower type? is the blower insulation be enough by itself?

    my attic insulation calculation is R-49

    thank you,


  6. Marty says:

    I just took dining room to the studs and noticed that the house is balloon framed. Can I blow in insulation up into the wall studs above from the bottom floor?

  7. Pierre says:


    This is definitely a great deal for the blower rental; As I’m getting started with some house improvement project next week, this will definitely give me a hand! :) And I’ll sure need more than 10 bags…

    PS: I can’t see to reach the insulation calculator. Is there some kind a problem with it atm?



    • Thomas Chismar says:

      Pierre, thanks for commenting. I checked the insulation calculator this morning, and it is working fine. You may want to check the blog post in another browser, or clear your cache on your computer as that sometimes removes the bugs. Best of luck with your insulation project and let us know how it turns out!