Insulation Services

Air Sealing, Blown-in Insulation, & More!

Why Is Insulation Important?

Heat naturally flows from a warm space to a cool space. In the winter, heat flows from heated living areas to cooler areas such as the attic, garage, basement or outdoors. Poor insulation means a lot of heat escapes, and your heating bills are much higher than they could be. In the summer, the heat flows from the outdoors to the cooler areas of your home – costing you more energy and money to keep your home cool.

Insulation blocks this natural heat flow and is rated in terms of its thermal resistance, or R-value. The higher R-value insulation your house has, the less heat flows OUT of your house during the winter, and the less heat flows IN to your house in the summer. This directly leads to lower heating and cooling costs for every season of the year.

Air flow chart

The Process of Increasing Energy Efficiency

Test Your Home!

The first step is a Home Performance Test, which uses an infrared camera scan of your home, indicating how energy efficient your home is.

Air Sealing

Properly air sealing cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. It also creates a healthier indoor environment.

Blown-In Insulation – Attic

After a Home Performance Test and a complete air seal, we recommend attic insulation be installed exceeding R62.

Dense Packing – Sidewalls

Dense packing is most commonly done to the exterior walls of an existing home, and at key juncture points

Spray Foam – Box Sills

Spray foam insulation is the most effective way to properly air seal your house. Spray foam seals the smallest cracks in your house. It’s easy to install and hardens into an air tight barrier.

Foundation Insulation

Insulating your foundation is another key part of an overall strategy to turn your home into an energy efficient home.

Ventilation

Ventilation works along with air sealing to give you an energy efficient home that is still able to exchange indoor air with outdoor air.

Re-test Your Home!

Finally, your house is re-tested for energy efficiency. Detailed reports will show the improvements resulted in measurable increase in energy efficiency.

 

Insulation FAQ’s

 

Q: Why Is Insulation Important To Home Owners?
A: Insulation provides resistance to heat flow. The more resistance to heat flow your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling bills. Professional insulation & air sealing can also improve indoor air quality and prevent moldy, moist or dusty air from entering your house. We recommend every home owner to receive a Home Performance Test. A blower-door test depressurizes your home which allows an accurate infrared camera scan of all your air ex-filtration and air infiltration points indicating how energy efficient your home is.
Q: How Does Insulation Work?
A: Heat naturally flows from a warm space to a cool space. In the winter, heat flows from heated living areas to cooler areas such as the attic, garage, basement or outdoors. Poor insulation means a lot of heat escapes, and your heating bills are much higher than they could be. In the summer, the heat flows from the outdoors to the cooler areas of your home – costing you more energy and money to keep your home cool. Insulation blocks this natural heat flow and is rated in terms of its thermal resistance, or R-value. The higher R-value insulation your house has, the less heat flows OUT of your house during the winter, and the less heat flows IN to your house in the summer. This directly leads to lower heating and cooling costs for every season of the year. A strong respect must be given to the Stack Effect, or the fact that heat rises up and out the lid of your home. If you can invest into maximizing air seals, using foam to seal attic penetrations and R value in your attic against air exfiltration, the less air that can infiltrate in through your windows, box sills, and basement. Use the following insulation strategies together for the best results: Foundation Insulation Box Sill Insulation Sidewall Insulation Attic Insulation Air Sealing Ventilation

 

Insulation Products

 

Call us today at 715-723-7200 if you have any questions about the insulation services and products we offer.

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