The attic insulation is done! We ended up with about 18 inches of blown in cellulose insulation.
We chose loose-fill cellulose for several reasons. In reading, it seems that it out performs fiberglass batts. But, even better, cellulose contains more than 75% recycled material, primarily newsprint. So, it not only saves energy, it helps the environmental waste disposal challenges.Rented a blower and Ken (contractor) and Dave broke up the bundles into the hopper while they snaked a long tube to Jason (works for Ken) in the attic. Jason was dressed in a paper coverall and all wore masks. The material looks a lot like the padding in those envelopes for pictures. And it goes pretty much everywhere. Especially when the hose plugs and then pops off the hopper - blowing the garage in the process.
You can read more about this type of insulation at the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (http://www.cellulose.org/index.html).
The good news - the furnace has not come on today (temps are in the high 30s) and we seem to have the "excess" all swept up - at least what we can see.