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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.