Fend off Heat Loss With Attic Insulation

Winter has settled in for the next few months!  As your insulation experts, we want to make sure you have the most important area of your home insulated to ensure warmth throughout the cold months.

Your attic does more than provide extra storage space in your home. It protects from the outdoor elements like extreme cold or hot temperatures and humidity. This protection is provided by a properly insulated attic.   We all know that heat rises. In the winter, your attic is the spot where warm air in the lower levels of your home will escape to. If your attic has noticeable holes, gaps, and exposure to the outside air, chances are, heat is escaping at a rapid pace through the top of your house. Additionally, you need to be aware of other areas of your home that may not be properly sealed such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC penetrations.

The more warm air that escapes, the more discomfort you feel – and it’s costing you money! The US Department of Energy recommends that the attic get more insulation than any other part of the house. Heating and cooling account for 50-70% of the energy used in the average American home. On top of that, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) report 90% of single-family homes in the US are under insulated. Don’t be part of the statistic!

Additional reasons to insulate your attic include protecting the structure of your home from gradual damage caused by heat and moisture. You’ll also get better air quality as the insulation blocks air pollutants and mold. Overall, insulating your attic will provide better indoor air comfort, less HVAC wear and tear, and lower utility bills.

When you go up in your attic to put those Christmas decorations away, look at what improvements can be made to insulate your attic. Then, call Creative Conservation for a free estimate on getting your attic properly insulated.

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Insulation in Your Home Will Ensure a Cozy or Cool Environment

Insulation in your home will ensure a cozy or cool environment, regardless of the weather outside. Here are 3 places you’ll want to be sure to insulate to maximize energy savings:

1. Attic spaces – Attics are at the top of the list when it comes to responsibility for energy loss. Insulate over the floor joints to seal off your living spaces below. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure the depth of the insulation. If it is less than 11 inches, you would definitely benefit by adding more. Before insulating, seal any air leaks and make roof and other necessary repairs.
If you use your attic for livable space, then be sure to insulate between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof to recirculate the conditioned or heated air back into the area, rather than having it easily escape.

2. Crawl spaces and FROGS (Finished Room over Garage Space) – In addition, insulate any floors in a room that project from the structure with nothing below. Concrete floors that are built directly on the ground are also at risk to cause energy loss. Extend insulation into joist spaces to reduce airflow.

3. Exterior Walls – All exterior walls of your home should be sufficiently insulated. In an existing home, spray foam or blown insulation can be sprayed to fill existing walls. Exterior walls that hold water pipes are a great example of an area in need of filling the wall with insulation.

As bonus information, replacing inefficient windows will maximize your energy savings even further. On top of that, be sure to caulk and seal any cracks and spaces around your windows that will let even the smallest amount of air to escape or enter.
Contact Creative Conservation today to get professional help!

Contact Creative Conservation today to get professional help!

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Understanding R-Value

R-value is a term that you may hear a lot in the world of home insulation. As a homeowner, you may be asking what this means, exactly. R-value is an insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value – the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. Many factors go into the R-value of specific insulation, such as temperature, aging, and moisture accumulation.

If you have multiple layers of insulation anywhere in your home, be sure to add each individual layer’s R-value to find a total number. That being said, the more insulation layers you have, the higher the R-value. However, as the installed thickness increases for loose-fill insulation (such as fiberglass), the settled density of the product increases due to compression of the insulation under its own weight. In other words, fiberglass insulation is an exception to the layering benefit because it works best when it is loosely packed into the area it’s insulating. Fiberglass functions by trapping hot or cold air in the actual air pockets within the material. Therefore, packing this material tightly will reduce the R-value by decreasing the space inside the fiberglass to trap that air.

The location of your insulation will have an impact on its resistance to heat flow. You can also think of materials used to build your ceiling or wall as having an R-value in addition to the insulation. The R-value can vary here because of other factors such as joints, studs, and other building materials conducting heat, for example. All of these factors go into the total calculation of R-value in different areas of your home.

Another variation in R-value will depend on your climate zone.  Virginia’s climate falls in zone 4. You can use the chart below as a helpful tool when calculating your home’s R-value.

If you don’t feel confident in your knowledge of R-value, be sure to call a trusted insulation company to come evaluate your current situation and help you figure out the next steps!

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3 Reasons Spring is a Good Time to Insulate your home

More availability

When the temperatures rise and your home becomes uncomfortable with heat gain in the summer, that is when thinking about insulation is top of mind. The catch is, many people are simultaneously experiencing the same thing as your household. If you can be proactive with the process of installing or replacing your insulation, you’ll find it’s much easier to get a timely appointment with your company of choice. In the spring, there is less “pressure” for people to get this done because it has not yet become a pressing problem. Get ahead of the game with an easy timeline and guarantee a cool home in the summertime!

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Summertime brings the hottest temperatures of the year. Your home should be the place to escape the scorching sun during these months. The last thing you want is a home that is retaining hot air and losing cold air due to improper insulation. Don’t wait until the last minute to take care of this!

Save during the Summer

In addition to avoiding the heat and ensuring a cool oasis at home, you’ll save big! You’d be surprised how much a properly insulated home can benefit your energy bill. Invest in long-term energy solutions, such as spray foam insulation. Spray foam keeps the cool air in and the hot air out – and vice-versa in the winter months. According to Energy Star, “EPA estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs (or an average of 11% on total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists.”

Contact Creative Conservation today if you’re ready to make the best choice for you, your home, and your wallet!

 

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Choosing the Best Insulation for Your Home

We understand that the world of insulation can be a bit tricky for the average homeowner. We would like to focus on the three most common types of insulation. With this list, we hope to help you choose the best insulation method for your needs!

Spray Foam Insulation

• Air and watertight seal
• Improves indoor air quality
• Does not settle or sag
• Environmentally friendly
• Home energy efficiency is ensured, lowering seasonal energy bills
• Longer lifespan than other products
• Has the highest R-value and does not lose R-value over time
• All awkward spaces are sealed up
• Pays for itself over time

 

Cellulose Insulation

• Fills cavities effectively
• Can be as loose or as dense as needed
• Environmentally friendly (made of up to 85% recycled content (mainly newspaper) and uses a minimal amount of energy to produce)
• Does not break down or deteriorate chemically
• Does not lose R-value in extreme outside temperatures
• No health concerns
• More affordable

 

 

Fiberglass Insulation

• Commonly available
• Easy installation
• Naturally fire-resistant (commonly made from combined fibers of plastic polymers, tiny glass fibers
• Resistant to mold and mildew growth
• More affordable
• Is not resistant to moisture
• Not the most effective air barrier
• May be a health concern for installers

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