Studies have shown that approximately 90% of homes in the United States do not have enough insulation. If you notice drafts, high energy bills, cold floors, or fluctuating temperatures in your home, you may have insufficient attic insulation.
One of the most important reasons for installing attic insulation is for its energy-efficiency. Since heating and cooling makes up 50% -70% of the average energy bill, preventing heated or cooled air from escaping outside will be the best way to keep your energy bill low and your home environmentally friendly.
Your attic is one of the easiest places to begin adding insulation to your home, as well as one of the most efficient (since hot air rises).
During colder months, warmer air flows from areas of high heat to areas of low heat – which include attics and garages, as well as outside. When this warm air is lost, your HVAC system has to replace it. During the hotter months in Florida, the opposite happens. Cool air in your home flows outside, and your HVAC system then has to work to remove the excess heat.
Insulation prevents this heat flow, keeping your home at a constant temperature and reducing your energy bills. Insulation efficiency is rated by its R-value, which measures the thermal resistance. A higher R-value means better insulation, or better ability to prevent hot air from moving into or out of your home.
The various types of insulation available each have their own benefits and issues which need to be considered before choosing which type is installed.
Flexible fiber sheets that fit between the standard spacings in floor joints and wall studs. These are easily adapted to different spaces because they can be cut to any shape, allowing pipes and wires to fit through. They can also contain flame-resistant chemicals for any areas where the insulation may be exposed throughout your home.
Made of either fiber pellets or loose fibers that are blown in with a specific type of equipment. This type of insulation can easily fill gaps and spaces and is usually used for unfinished floors like those present in many attics.
A special type of foam that is sprayed into walls. Using specialized equipment, professionals mix the foam and spray it in any cavities in the wall.
At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric, we make use of Owens Corning Insulation. Owens Corning is a brand that has various lines of insulation options. Their system makes use of the AttiCat® Insulation Blowing Machine, which breaks up and fluffs the AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK® FIBERGLAS™ Insulation and adds tiny air pockets throughout – giving the material its insulation properties. Through the length of the hose, the insulation is conditioned further and more air pockets are added.
The FIBERGLAS™ insulation does not settle, so it retains its energy-saving high R-value for years.
Insulation is one of those things that need to be installed by professionals. Otherwise, you run the risk of having it installed incorrectly, and then paying to have it removed and replaced, as well as paying for the extra energy your HVAC system will use because of the lack of quality insulation.
Art Plumbing, AC & Electric has a long history of providing quality installation of attic insulation, and we’d love to help you keep your utility bills low. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-1504.
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