Stop Paying High Energy Bills
Rising energy prices have many homeowners worried about increasing heating and cooling costs. Thankfully, a well-insulated home uses significantly less energy than one with poor insulation. This means improving your home’s insulation can cause a direct decrease in the cost of your monthly electric, gas, or other fuel bills.
How Does Insulation Work?
Insulation, at its most basic level, keeps heat from easily passing through its barrier. This means a well-insulated home will keep its warm air inside in the winter and keep hot air out during the summer. The more effective your insulation material is, the less energy and money you need to spend heating or cooling your home.
Insulation material effectiveness is measured using an R-value. The R-value marks the material’s resistance to heat transfer. The higher an insulation material’s R-value, the better it is at resisting heat loss. When shopping for new insulation, you’ll want to choose a material with a high R-value to keep your space at a comfortable temperature all year long.
Benefits of Installed Insulation Services
- Comfortable Temperatures – Insulation naturally keeps your home at a more comfortable temperature year-round. Quality insulation means less burden placed on the HVAC unit or other heating and cooling appliances to keep things at your optimal temperature.
- Lower Energy Bill – Since insulation makes it easier to keep hot air in (or out), you can spend less money heating and cooling your space. This also applies to alternate fuel sources like natural gas or oil.
- Environmentally Friendly – Less energy used means a lower carbon footprint. You’ll be able to keep your house at your preferred temperature without negatively impacting the world around you with improved energy efficiency.
- Home Value – Quality insulation is a priority for many prospective new homeowners. Insulation removal and replacement can increase the value of your home. If you are ever considering selling your home, your property’s market value can be greatly enhanced by updating your insulation.
What Attic Insulation Type Is Best?
Each type of insulation has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. You’ll want to consider the specific needs of your home’s attic insulation before deciding on any type of material. When in doubt, a trusted insulation expert should be able to guide you through the process of finding the right attic insulation choice for you.
Spray Foam – Spray foam insulation is exactly what it sounds like – a type of foam that can be sprayed onto surfaces you’re insulating. The foam dries into a particularly effective insulation material with a high R-value. This foam is popular because it can fill small areas that may be difficult to access, which is excellent for attic insulation, crawlspaces, and other difficult-to-enter places in your home.
The material is water resistant which can help avoid any water damage in the future. Because it seals up any tiny cracks or crevices, it is a great way to keep bugs or pests from entering your home.
Fiberglass – Fiberglass insulation is the most common insulation material you’ll find in houses. It offers a high R-value at a low price point, which makes it a top choice for contractors and homeowners alike. It is fire-resistant and relatively easy to install. Unfortunately, fiberglass is made of tiny glass fibers and can be dangerous if touched or inhaled.
Scientists have raised concerns that it may cause cancer with prolonged, direct exposure. It also sometimes requires walls to be removed in order to add more insulation after construction and is difficult to install in cramped spaces, depending on the installation method used.
Cellulose – Cellulose insulation has similar properties to fiberglass, without the health risks. This energy efficient material is made from plant-based sources. It also does an excellent job of repelling pests. Cellulose can be blown in as wall insulation, totally bypassing any issues with installation that fiberglass batting may have.
Because it is highly absorbent, cellulose can soak up and retain water from any leaks. This means it is more likely to cause mold and mildew issues than other attic insulation types.
Mineral Wool – Mineral wool is a thick, dense material made of up to 30% recycled products. It makes an excellent sound dampener and can be useful in soundproofing houses located in noisy areas. Its construction also offers fire resistance, and its firm shape means no staples or wires are needed for insulation installation.
On the other hand, mineral wool tends to be particularly pricey. Additionally, despite its high R-value, some homeowners or builders choose not to use this material because it can be challenging to install.
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How much does it cost to insulate a 2000 sq ft house?
Costs vary based on the material you choose and where you are installing insulation. It also depends on whether you’re insulating a new build or adding to an existing structure. Reach out today for a personalized quote from one of our experienced technicians.
How much is insulation labor?
Some homeowners try to save money by installing insulation themselves. While experienced DIYers with the proper equipment and the right kind of insulation may be able to do this successfully, it often ends up costing more in the long run. The cost of insulation installation includes a guarantee that your home is insulated properly, that your family is protected from any dangerous materials during the process, and that any renovations necessary to install your insulation are handled quickly and professionally.
What’s the best way to insulate an attic?
There is no single “best” way to insulate your home. The right insulation choice for you depends on your climate, building type, and other unique needs your home may have. Existing insulation removal also impacts best practices. An experienced technician can review your project and give you the information and guidance you need to make the right choice.