Insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool
in the summer. There are several common types of
When correctly installed each type of insulation can deliver increase comfort, lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year and reduced outside noise infiltration.
Their ability to resist heat flow is how a Insulations performance is measured, this measure is calculated by R-value. The higher the R-values translates to more insulating power. R-values are recommended for walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces, depending on your area of the country. Insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it, therefore it is very important to seal air leaks before installing insulation to ensure that you get the best performance from the insulation.
When considering hiring the right insulation contractor, understand that the right insulation contractor can make all the difference in the world as to how well you save on your heating and cooling bills. The insulation must be installed properly not just installed. Batt insulation for example, if compressed can lose significant R-Value. If the attic is blown to the proper depth but doesn't have enough bags of material installed to meet the manufactures specifications you're not getting the proper R-Value you purchased. We can and do install Cellulose insulation, however we prefer to install Fiberglass blow in materials, there's nothing in it to burn, settling is minimal and it doesn't break down over the years. Energystar.gov assures you utilizing tremendous research that the results will show when you get your utility bill. Existing homes will reduce their utility bill by as much as 30% by adding fiberglass blown in insulation to a R-49 level as well as to increase your comfort. Older homes with no insulation in the walls can increase homes energy efficiency and comfort by doing what we call Drill and Fill.Spray Foam Insulation has great sealing factors, but don't be misled. Sealing Factors do not translate to R-Factor (Resistance Factor). Combined with Fiberglass Insulation they improve the overall efficiency. Beware there are some that say 1 inch of foam is like R-40, they say because of the sealing factor, but understand Sealing Factor and R-Factory is not the same thing nor do the combined increase R-Factor. One inch of foam depending on the product and manufacture is between R-3.7 to R-7.4 depending if it is open or closed cell foam.
A Persons Home Ought to be There Castle.
Your home in most cases is your most valuable asset and the single most expensive investments you will make. The picture on the right shows how much heat or cooling can be lost when your home envelope is not sealed or insulated properly. Home owners often times don't give insulation much thought, but the savings on your electric bills for A/C in the summer or heating in the winter can be as much 30% to 50% a month or more. The additional comfort you will experience in your home cannot be translated into a $ value by it helping to keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. To insure your Castle is insulated properly call today to set an appointment with one of our Certified Professional Building Analysts.
Recommended Levels of Insulation
The table below shows what levels of insulation are cost-effective for different climates and locations in the home. Recommended insulation levels for retrofitting existing wood-framed buildings.
Recommended Levels of Insulation