Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 172
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bert Happy AttiCat Camper
My brother works for the MFG of AttiCat and I told him my house was very hot upstairs. He suggested I check out the amount of insulation I had and I only had 6 inches in m 16 yr old home. I purchased the amount he recommended. My husband and I and my son took on the project. We all watched the online video and instructions. We got it done in 2 hours after we got the product home. I immediately could tell the difference. The temperature dropped 2 degree upstairs. I have since gotten my electric bill and I dropped $100 in charges. This is July! The product in essence has paid for itself just in savings on my electric bill. I may go back for more and get my rebate from my Electic Company as well. Thanks. I loved it. I highly recommend the AttiCat Fiberglass Expanding Blown-in Insulation System.
Store SKU# 980518 Internet # 100541755.
July 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dane Immediate A/C improvement!
We had a problem with the insulation in our attic when we bought the home. There was some old water damage and rodent problem so the insulation had to go. We needed additional insulation as well but prior to adding more we had all the old yellow stuff removed. After a few weeks of very part time prep work (cleaning every nook and cranny, installing soffit baffles, running data cables, adding a few dozen can lights, replacing old fan boxes with modern/up-to-code boxes, and a few other things) it was time to blow in the insulation. I was dreading it. Finally I decided to stick with fiberglass and I'm glad I did. Even in a cramped, raftered attic, it was fairly easy to get the hang of. The trickiest part was getting it blown into and up against the soffit baffles to the correct height. My roof pitch isn't steep so the insulation came up to nearly to the top edge of the baffles so getting enough in there without clogging the vent wasn't easy. Aside from that, blowing it in was mostly a game of patience.
The best part is the huge difference it made, thermally speaking. Before we removed the old insulation, on a 95° day, the house would get up to 80° on the top floor. This was even with a lot of shade from a large elm tree on the SW corner of the house. Around the time the insulation was removed, we cut down the elm for unrelated reasons. After that and the removal of the old insulation, the top floor would get to 85° or more. The first day after the install it was 95° and the top floor never got above 72° (and that's without the shade of the elm). Huge difference!
- Use a 4-5' pole (attached with duct tape) to help reach into soffit areas.
- When you need to lay down insulation close to you, when your finishing near the attic opening, or when you need insulation to "fall" into place, use your hand to redirect the flow to where you need it.
- Mark the rafters with a black marker in more places than you'll think you need. It takes out the guess work.
- Be careful where you point the hose: you might get insulation in places you don't want it and you might blow a fresh pile to pieces and have to start over (use the hand technique above).
- Though the instructions advise against this, it helps the consistency of the material and flow rate if the person at the machine uses some force to push the block of insulation into the paddles. It's also helpful to load a new half block before the first one runs out. Otherwise the person in the attic has to wait and gets a stream of just air that can ruin the pile.
- When you do get a stream of air only out of the hose, use it to touch up/even things out or blow insulation off rafters or anything else that doesn't need insulation on it. You'll know when a new stream of insulation is about to come out because the sound of the hose will change.
- N95 respirator and glasses are a must. While not nearly as dusty as I thought it would be, there's still a fair amount that could get in your eyes and lungs.
- Duct tape the hose to a rafter to prevent it from falling out of the attic.
- Stick a box fan in the attic opening to keep insulation out of the house and to push some cool air into a potentially hot work space.
- Bring water with you into the attic.
- Use two way radios for better communication. The remote on my hose didn't work very well so turning off the machine was sometimes a matter of yelling to the person outside.
- My attic is just over 1000 sq ft. 27 bags got me to R49 in 3 hours.
July 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sith101 Bang for the buck
Purchased the 10 packs and got the free blower rental. Spent the entire night insulating attic. The machine is quiet figured it would be loud and get the neighbors ticked at me but it was very quiet easy to use. The hose was very long did not have to lug the machine right near the attic entrance was pretty much on first floor. Just a warning the machine is very heavy make sure you have help when lifting it. The 10 packs was well more than enough. If I had more time with the machine would have started on the walls. Very happy!
August 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by matt Great purchase
My wife and own a two story home and have always had problems on our second floor in the winter/summer. In the winter our second floor was so cold you could see your breath. In the summer it was at least 15 degrees hotter then the first floor. We decided to put down a additional 18" of this insulation. Our utility bills have been cheaper and the second floot is so much more comfortable. Best purchase we have made.
August 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RickM Easy and it Works!
It took myself and my 16 year old grandson about 4 hours including all prep-time and sealing off potential leaks with spray foam to fill about 1000 sq ft of attic space to a 20" depth which brought our attic up to R59.
We have a two story home in the Chicago Suburbs. We located the Blower in the Garage and ran the 100 ft hose up through a second story window and then up to the attic. I was skeptical that the system would work well going through that much hose while going up vertically over 20 feet but it worked great. If fact there was so much force that I had to hold the hose at least 10 feet away from the area I was filling. you owe it to yourself to watch the installation video on Home Depot's or Owens-Corning website. You will find the video invaluable if this is your first time installing blown in insulation. It was pretty easy overall.
Home Depot loaned us the blower to installation at no charge because of the amount we purchased however, the do it yourself videos states you get a remote control for the hose end so you can turn off the flow if needed but Home Depot told me they did not have the remote controls available so we ended up using our cell phones.
The bottom line... Before we installed this insulation the upstairs would not stay cool and was about 12-15 degrees warmer than what the A/C was set for on the lower level. After we installed this insulation, the difference is about 4 degrees and the central A/C system easily keeps our home at the set temperature even on very hot days.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by loren Very Pleased!
17 year old house where the original blown insulation had settled. Could see the tops of the joists and in some spots, the sheet rock.
Upstairs was always hot so I knew it was time. I bought 20 bags and got the 24 hour machine rental for free.
My wife fed the machine and I ran the hose. My wife said that feeding the machine was simple.
We used walkie talkies to communicate and had the job done in about 3 hours.
I now have a thick blanket of insulation and the upstairs held at the set temperature all day.
There was very little mess but a mask is a must while blowing!
This is an easy DIY that will save you alot of money.
June 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SelfMade Does thre job well
I like the bulk discount pricing available for this product.
August 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Frank25 Home Depot advertises that the remote is included with this.
Home Depot doesn't not supply remote. They also do not tell you this. When calling the them asking why it does not come with it like it is advertised they responded " people steal them and the manufacturer will not send them anymore". The lest they could have done was let the customer know before purchase. Very disappointed in Home Depot and manufacturer for this!
June 28, 2016