Insulation can be complicated, and sometimes it may be frustrating to figure out what kind of insulation you need and where. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, our experts have over 20 years of experience in helping homeowners evaluate and fix their home’s insulation needs. Since we focus on only existing homes, we are most able to handle the unique difficulties that come with getting insulation into those hard to reach places. But properly insulating your home will save you energy and money, and it’s always best to let a professional install and repair your insulation for you. Give us a call or contact us today!
Because we know how tricky the ins and outs of insulation can be, we’re addressing some frequently asked questions about insulation over our next few blog posts. Here are the top three most popular questions about insulation from the Insulation Contractors Association of America:
- What does R-value mean? R-value measures insulation’s resistance to heat flow. It can also be referred to as “thermal resistance.” The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. All materials having the same R-value, regardless of type, thickness, or weight, are equal in insulating power. The R-value of different insulating materials must be based on test methods established by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). Don’t forget that R-values are determined by material type, thickness, and installed weight per square foot, not by thickness alone. Insulation helps keep your home cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months.
- How much will I save by adding insulation to the walls, ceilings, and floors of my home? Insulation saves money, increases home comfort, and protects the environment by reducing energy use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends close to $1,500 each year on energy bills. DOE statistics show that, typically, 44% of a homeowner’s utility bill goes for heating and cooling costs. DOE states that homeowners may be able to reduce their energy bills from 10% to 50% by taking certain steps. One of the major steps is increasing the amount of thermal insulation in their existing homes or purchasing additional insulation when buying new homes. Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. The amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use. Energy conserved is money saved, and the annual savings increase when utility rates go up. Insulation upgrades also add to the value of your home.
- How much insulation should my house have? “Insulation,” says Bob Vila, host of the nationally syndicated TV program that bears his name, “is the most efficient energy-saving expenditure.” Vila says homeowners should check attics to determine the amount of insulation already installed. “Most homes built before 1980 have inadequate insulation,” he said, noting that if insulation between the joists of the attic floor comes only to the top of the joist, it probably makes sense to install more insulation. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends home insulation R-values based on where you live. See R-value recommendations for your climate zone. Be sure your new home complies with current building code requirements for insulation. These building codes establish minimum levels of insulation for ceilings, walls, floors, and basements for new residential construction.
Check back for more frequently asked questions about insulation in the coming weeks. Insulation is one of the most important factors of making your home comfortable and safe, which is why we will work hard to get the job done right for your home in Greensboro, High Point, or Burlington, North Carolina. Contact Alamance Insulation and Gutters today!