Thermal insulation prevents heat moving from one place to another. Energy efficiency in is something that is important to home owners. Not only does being as energy efficient as possible help the planet, but it can also enable us to spend less on utilities such as fuels and electricity.
There are plenty of things that we can do to make ourselves more energy efficient, from investing in energy saving bulbs sealing air leaks. We can also make a difference by hiring a professional insulation contractor in Addison to install good quality thermal insulation for your home.
Thermal insulation helps with efficiency in two main ways
- In the cold winter months, it helps to stop heat from escaping the house, effectively trapping it inside so that we require less energy to heat our homes.
- In the warmer summer months, the thermal insulation actually helps to keep our homes cooler than they would otherwise be. It does this by keeping the summer heat out.
With the soaring energy costs of heating and cooling your Addison home today, it’s more important than ever before to ensure that it is properly insulated. In some older homes that were built back some seventy or eighty years ago, you may not have any insulation at all in the walls, and very little in the attic. Although the costs of re-insulating an existing home are much greater then new home construction, the long term benefits in reduced heating and cooling costs will make up the difference.
Today’s insulation comes in many different forms as far as the ways in which they are applied, and the materials that are used in their manufacturing. You can use the standard fiberglass pink insulation that is synonymous with Owens Corning who also offers attic blanket insulation for unfinished attics, to spray foam, and rigid foam as well.
Each type provides for different uses, and each type will have a different ‘R’ value. The ‘R’ value is the rating system that determines the insulation over all heat reducing qualities. The higher the ‘R’ value, the better insulator it will be.
Spray foam insulation
This spay foam can be sprayed between the wall studs, it then expands and dries to form a well sealed surface. This is a nice option because it can get into all those small, unnoticed cracks and holes that may allow for heat loss. You can find spray foam insulation in an open cell or closed cell foam.
While the open cell is less expensive, it is also less dense and therefore will have less of an ‘R’ value.
Classic fiberglass insulation comes in what are known as ‘batts’. Usually in four foot by one and a half foot strips. These are designed to fit nicely in between the studs of a wall.
They should fit snugly into the wall, but should never be compressed to fit. When you compress fiberglass insulation it loses much of its ‘R’ value. They are also very easy to cut to fit with the use of a sharp utility knife.
Rigid foam board insulation
This insulation is often used on the exterior of the home or building. It is installed first, and then the siding is applied over top. Some siding companies like Alcoa, have designed a siding product that combines both. It has the foam insulation bonded directly to the siding itself. This will allow you to save a lot of time during the installation process.
Loose fill, or blown in insulation. Blown in insulation can be made of fiberglass, rock wool or cellulose. It is pumped in through a hose and blown in to the desired location.
The ‘R’ value of this type is measured by how thickly it is blown in. Obviously, the thicker it is, the higher the ‘R’ value is. There is also garage door insulation as well as insulation for individual components such as gasket insulation.
In order to get the best possible insulating qualities that will serve your purposes, you’ll have to go out and do a little research or give us a call.
Going online is a great place to start, as you can have the information right at your finger tips for easy comparison. If you’re looking for ways to save money, not only in the cold winter months, but also in the hot simmer ones, then improving the insulation in your home is the first place you need to start.
Call the Insulation Contractor in Addison TX with the best price on insulation installation. Give us a call today for a free quote to compare!
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- Take a Load Off, Texas (ONCOR) – Home energy programs and energy upgrade incentives