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The Benefits of Attic Ventilation During Arizona’s Summer Months

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When was the last time you thought about your attic? Unless you use this high-reaching space as an extra room or for storage, it’s unlikely that you give it much attention. Yet, attic ventilation is an important consideration in Arizona, especially during the scorching hot summer months.

The Reasons for Attic Ventilation

Sitting just below your home’s roof, your attic gets hot. In fact, temperatures can well-exceed 100 degrees during the warmest days. Dark roof tiles and shingles absorb sunlight and convert this energy into heat, resulting in quickly skyrocketing temperatures during hours of sunlight. This heats up your entire home and makes your air conditioner work harder to cool living spaces, like bedrooms and common areas.

Attic ventilation works by helping to shift this heat out of the attic, saving you energy, protecting your roof and helping to keep your home cooler. The air flow that is produced by a properly vented attic also helps remove moisture which can lead to the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew.

Unlike some home improvement projects which are easily tackled by watching a YouTube video or reading an instruction manual, attic ventilation is a job that is best handled by the professionals. It requires professional expertise to determine the right products and placement of vents to maximize the benefits of attic ventilation.

Ventilation and Insulation – A Powerful Combination

Combining ventilation with insulation offers the greatest energy savings. Insulation is a barrier between your home and the outside heat. This helps keep your attic cooler and minimizes the load on your air conditioner. At Ellsworth Home Services, we specialize in both attic insulation and professional insulation installation. Together, you will enjoy lower monthly energy bills, along with a more consistently comfortable home.

Why continue to struggle with an attic that is not properly insulated and vented? Contact the experts at Ellsworth Home Services. Serving you throughout the Valley of the Sun, you don’t need to struggle with summer’s powerful heat any longer. Call us at 480-593-2265.

Understanding Radiant Barrier

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With daytime average temperatures topping 100 degrees during the summer months, Phoenix is a warm weather lover’s dream. Yet, even the most enthusiastic desert dwellers want cool comfort in their home when it’s swelteringly hot outside. Of course, you can just crank the air conditioning to keep it cool inside, but you’ll likely be hot under the collar when you see the impact it has on your utility bill.

The key to home comfort in the Valley of the Sun is reducing attic heat that enters your living spaces and air conditioning ducts. While insulation definitely helps with summer heat gain in your attic, it’s even more effective when used in combination with radiant barrier protection.

At Ellsworth Home Services, we offer HeatBloc-Ultra, the most effective type of radiant barrier on the market. This water-based, low emissivity coating is installed under your home’s roof decking and works like shade trees to decrease heat. In fact, HeatBloc-Ultra can block more than 80 percent of the radiant energy from the sun. With less heat entering your attic, your home stays cooler with reduced air conditioning.

Should You Consider HeatBloc-Ultra?

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Every Phoenix homeowner can benefit from the heat reduction capabilities of HeatBloc-Ultra. Unlike other home improvements, adding radiant barrier protection to your home offers significant return on your investment. By reducing your reliance on your air conditioner, you’ll quickly see savings each month on your utility bill. And, you’ll sleep better in a cooler home while also knowing that you’ve decreased your overall energy consumption.

The Experts in Home Comfort

At Ellsworth Home Services, we offer a full range of solutions designed to keep your home cool and comfortable, even during those scorching summer heatwaves. Along with providing radiant barrier protection, we also offer insulation installation, attic and garage ventilation, and, of course, air conditioning.

Avoid getting overheated this summer. Call Ellsworth Home Services for a quote on one or more heat-beating solutions that will keep you cool all season long.

What’s So Special About Blown-In Insulation for Your Attic?

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When it comes to attic insulation, you have options. There is batt insulation in pre-cut panels and spray foam, as well as blown-in insulation which is a loose-fill insulation without seams. While each type of insulation has its unique qualities, most industry experts will tell you that blown-in insulation is your best option.

Greater Efficiency

Unlike fiberglass batts, blown-in insulation provides a single layer of insulation without the seams found in batts. It provides complete coverage while eliminating gaps and cracks. Studies have shown that blown-in insulation performs more than 20 percent better than batts that have the same R value (a measurement that determines how well insulation material can resist heat).

Noise Reduction

Because of the comprehensive coverage of blown-in insulation, you’ll also experience reduced noise from above. This is a big benefit if you live under a flight path, or you just don’t like to hear the pounding rain and crashing thunder of summer storms.

Fire Resistance

Blown-in installation also has fire retardant capabilities which can help prevent fires from developing and spreading in your attic.

Faster, Easier Installation

Unlike with pre-cut panels that need to be carefully positioned to provide effective insulation, blown-in insulation is very quick and simple. A professional installer can complete the installation in a few hours – with one feeding material into a blowing machine and the other in your attic or crawl space spreading the insulation.

A Quick Return on Investment

Unlike many home improvement projects that may never deliver any financial gain, blown-in insulation offers a quick payback. Immediately, you will start saving on your energy costs. Within a couple of years, the reduction in your utility bill will more than pay for the cost of the installation.

Here in Arizona, we have extreme weather conditions. This is why it’s important to be well-equipped with a properly insulated home. With blown-in insulation for your attic or crawl space, you can protect your home from the outside environment while keeping you family comfortable inside. Call Ellsworth Home Services today to learn more about insulation for your home.

How Much Insulation Does Your Home Need?

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One of the best, long-term home investments you can make is insulation. However, every home has its own unique insulation requirements. This is why it’s very important to work with an experienced insulation contractor who can optimize insulation to enable you to save money on your energy bills while ensuring the comfort of your home. With a quality insulation job, temperature can be more effectively regulated throughout both the blazing heat of summer and the bone-chilling cold of winter.

Attic Insulation

Your attic is one of the primary areas of your home for energy loss if it is not well-insulated. Many older homes in the greater Phoenix area were built before the inception of effective insulation standards and require additional insulation. The best approach, especially if you’re in an older home, is to invest in a continuous, even layer of insulation for the attic or crawl space.

Homes built before 1984 or insulation installed more than 20 years ago often need additional insulation. Voids should be filled with new insulation to improve your home’s energy efficiency. While most newer homes have attics insulated to meet current industry standards, it’s always a good idea to check with a contractor to determine if the level meets today’s standards.

R-Values

The amount of insulation needed varies according to the size of the space, the type of insulation and the R-value. The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. Homes built after 1984 have insulation rated R-30 to R-38. Because the Phoenix metro area has mild winters, insulation values above R-38 may not be necessary. It’s important to use knowledgeable sources for ranges for recommended R-levels of insulation.

Where to Insulate

Common areas for home insulation to provide efficiency are exterior and interior walls, attics, crawl spaces, garages, basements and cathedral ceilings. Sealing gaps and cracks will also result in maintaining interior temperature.

Want to learn more? Ellsworth Home Services can provide insulation solutions to meet your specific needs. Call today at 480-593-2265.

Home Insulation: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know

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Whether you’re a new homeowner or have lived in your home for years, it’s unlikely that you’ve given a lot of thought to insulation. Yet, insulation plays a very important part in your home’s comfort and in how much you’re paying for utilities.

Understanding the Purpose of Home Insulation

During the summer months, insulation is vital for helping block heat that enters through your roof and walls. It also helps to prevent cool air from escaping that is being generated by air conditioners and fans. When temperatures dip, insulation helps keep warm air generated by heaters and fireplaces inside while minimizing cold air from entering your home.

Insulation Installation

Insulation can be installed anywhere in a home where air can leak in. This includes attics, crawlspaces and in walls. When installed in conjunction with sealing cracks and gaps in windows and doors, insulation can be beneficial in maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home.

Not All Insulation Is Created Equal

When it comes to insulation, there are four primary types:

  • Fiberglass – This is the most common and inexpensive type of insulation. It’s easy to install, but it has some pitfalls, including being an irritant to skin and losing efficacy when it becomes wet.
  • Rigid Foam – This is a higher quality insulation that is often used for exterior walls and low slope roofs.
  • Blown-in Cellulose – This a liquid-type insulation made from recycled wood fibers that can be blown in instead of rolled out.
  • Spray Foam Insulation – A highly desirable type of insulation, spray foam can outperform both fiberglass and rigid foam.

Radiant Barrier

At Ellsworth Home Services, we recommend HeatBloc-Ultra, the most effective type of radiant barrier protection on the market. This high-quality product can be installed under roof decking to reduce summer heat by more than 80 percent. This results in significantly less heat in the attic, reduced air conditioning system usage and a dramatically more comfortable home.

Want to learn more about the benefits of HeatBloc-Ultra home insulation? Call Ellsworth Home Services today at 480-593-2265. We’re here to answer all your questions.

Do You Need Home Insulation?

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Many Valley homeowners believe that home insulation is something only necessary in cold climates. Yet, it’s actually one of the least expensive, quickest ways to keep your home cool in the summer, as well as warm in the winter. In other words, professionally-installed home insulation can save you money on your monthly utility bill. In fact, it can substantially help reduce your heating and cooling consumption when quality insulation is properly installed.

Attic Insulation

According to Energy Star, a well-insulated attic can help you save as much as 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills each year. At Ellsworth Home Services, our insulation pros can check your existing attic insulation and determine if you’re losing money due to insufficient insulation. They’ll make recommendations that will not only reduce your energy consumption but also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Insulation systems should include a combination of insulation products, as well as construction techniques and sealing leaks to ensure thermal performance and to control dampness and moisture.

Do You Need Insulation?

You can find out if you have enough attic insulation by measuring its thickness. If it’s less than 11 inches of fiberglass or 8 inches of cellulose, you could benefit from the installation of more. Our technicians will ensure you get the most out of your attic’s insulation by using only Owen Corning AtticCat insulation which is the best product in the industry.

Other Benefits of Insulation

Along with helping to regulate the temperature within your home, professional home insulation can do much more to ensure your home’s comfort, including:

  • Muffles noise from outside
  • Reduces pollen, dust and insects from entering your home
  • Manages humidity levels

It’s simply a fact that most homes in the greater Phoenix area do not have sufficient insulation. Yet, it’s quick and easy to install. The first step is calling Ellsworth Home Services – your go to source for home insulation services. Call us today for an appointment, and we can make a recommendation and provide you with a detailed quote based on your specific insulation needs.