Insulation plays a major role in a home’s performance, efficiency, and comfort.
Proper installation is as critical as choosing the right type and level for each home. Local energy codes determine minimum requirements for new construction homes, and the standards for insulating existing homes generally follow those same code requirements. Each home is different; therefore, depending on particular configuration of an existing home the approach to insulation can vary.
The basic types are batt (sometimes called rolled), blown (sometimes called loose-fill), spray foam (spray polyurethane foam), and foam board. These types can be made from various materials including fiberglass, denim, recycled paper, polyurethane, polystyrene, and mineral wool. For more information visit our blog on Attic Insulation Options, Spray Foam FAQs, and visit Energy Star’s website.
R-Value of Insulation
An important aspect of insulation is R-value. But what is R-value? R value is a measure of a material’s ability to resist heat flow. R-value is measured per inch of material. Consistent R-value throughout a space (attic, wall section, or crawlspace) makes a big difference in the overall effectiveness of insulation. A well insulated attic without a properly insulated hatch or door will have an overall decreased R-value.
Proper installation of insulation is key.
Does your insulation level seem low? Can you see areas where insulation on the back of walls in your attic have fallen down? Did your home inspection mention adding insulation? Do you feel warm (or cold) areas inside your house? Over time, insulation may settle, fall from vertical surfaces, and/or get moved around. Gaps and spaces and/or compacting insulation material negatively impacts the R-value of insulation, too. Not just anyone can correctly install it. When you decide to upgrade with us at Eco Three, you will get high quality installation of the best products for your home.
Insulation is extremely important, but proper air sealing is equally important. For more information, visit our blog on the Importance of Air Sealing.
To discuss your home, call us today 205-314-3500 (Birmingham area) or 251-270-0942 (Gulf Coast area).