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Where Do Different Types of Insulation Go?

Where Do Different Types of Insulation Go?The insulation in your home acts as its primary defense against temperature change. Depending on its structure, it may have just one or two types, but if you need to add more, you may have more choices appropriate for the exact places where you need it.

Batts

Rolled fiberglass batts are the most common type of insulating materials used in new home construction because they’re effective, affordable and easy to install. Recycled denim and rock wool (also known as mineral wool) batts are also available. Rock wool is made by melting rocks.

  • In new construction, batts are used in attics, walls and basement or crawl space ceilings. They’re used in existing homes to insulate attics and unfinished ceilings.

Loose

Cellulose, rock wool and fiberglass are the most common blown-in types of insulating materials. Cellulose is made from recycled newspapers and treated with borates to prevent insect invasions, repel moisture and retard fire. Of the types of loose insulation, cellulose is the heaviest and tends to pack down.

  • Loose products are used in new construction in attics and walls. They can be used in existing homes in attics and blown into existing walls using a hole saw and blower. It’s possible to blow loose products over batts in attics.

Foam

Synthetic foam products are available as sprayed-on or rigid foam sheets. They cost more than other insulating materials, but provide more protection against thermal transfer. Sprayed foams are normally applied by professionals since they require special equipment and chemicals. Rigid foam sheets are easy to cut and install in wall cavities or between ceiling joists. Kits are also available to insulate garage doors.

  • Sprayed foams are used in small, tight spaces in attics and walls. They are often used on the ceilings for retrofit attic spaces and in existing walls. They are sometimes used to coat flat roofs, or on the roof decking for vaulted ceilings.

Each of these insulation products will help you retard heat transfer in and out of your home. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing trusted HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

Helpful Tips for Checking Insulation Levels in Your Home

Helpful Tips for Checking Insulation Levels in Your HomeAs the summer heat leaves your attic, it’s a good time to check its insulation level. Nothing affects the cost of maintaining your comfort year-round as much your attic. Improving the level is one of the most cost-effective and durable ways to enhance the energy efficiency of your home, and fall and winter are the ideal times to do it.

Inspecting the Attic

Dress appropriately for the visit to the attic. Wear a washable long-sleeved shirt and pants, and don a dust mask. The existing insulation in the attic and the dust that settle up there are respiratory irritants. If your home is older, check it for vermiculite insulation that may contain asbestos. You may need to have a contractor test it first for safety because asbestos is a known carcinogen.

Use a ruler or rigid tape measure to measure the levels. If you can see the tops of the joists at first glance, you need more. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homes in this climate have an insulation level of at least 10 inches of loose or batt insulation in the attic, and up to 20 inches.

If your attic doesn’t have a sturdy floor, lay planks or a sheet of plywood across the joists to walk through it. Look over the condition of the insulation throughout the entire attic to make sure it’s distributed evenly, not compressed, and no mold is present.

Looking for Leaks

As you explore the attic, you may see cracks and gaps around the vents, pipes, flues, wires, or recessed lighting fixtures that exit into the attic. Your HVAC system’s ductwork may also run through this area, and excessively dusty deposits near any part of it could signal ductwork leakage. Cracks and ductwork leaks drive up energy bills and should be sealed by an HVAC contractor.

After checking the insulation level, you’ll know whether it needs improvement. The next step is to contact Powers Heating & Air, serving Peachtree City homeowners, to learn more about increasing it and sealing the air leaks for greater home energy efficiency.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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How Can Home Insulation in These Areas Improve Comfort?

How Can Home Insulation in These Areas Improve Comfort?Proper home insulation is essential for energy efficiency in your Peachtree City home. There are several parts of the home where you need adequate insulation to prevent hot or cold air from escaping. Make sure you’re covered in these areas.

Attic Insulation

Hot air naturally rises, and your attic may end up harboring more than its fair share of your warm air in winter if it’s not properly insulated. Likewise, attic insulation will keep warm air out in summer, allowing you to maintain a cooler home below. Batt or loose-fill insulation are the best options for an attic.

Duct Insulation

Check whether your ducts are in a conditioned space or not. If they’re not within your air-conditioned space, you should insulate them. Foil-faced fiberglass home insulation is the best choice. You should also have your ducts sealed to minimize air loss in this area.

Wall Insulation

New homes often include insulation in the walls, but an older home may be lacking in this important area. You can look for insulation by prying back molding and taking a peek at what’s visible in the gap between the wall and the flooring. If you don’t have insulation in your walls, blow-in insulation is the best way to remedy the problem. If you’re remodeling, you can use wet spray cellulose insulation or spray foam insulation.

If you’re ready to upgrade your home with new insulation or a better HVAC system, contact Powers Heating & Air for all your home comfort needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Is This The Year You Upgrade Your Home Insulation?

Is This The Year You Upgrade Your Home Insulation?Did you know that just because your home currently has insulation, it might not be enough, or the right type? Insulation typically is unseen, and you know what they say about out of sight, out of mind. However, with proper insulation, you can reduce your energy consumption significantly and even save money.

Is it time to upgrade your home insulation? It just might be. Here’s a quick look at the various types of insulation available, and where they work best in your home:

  • Fiberglass insulation is the most commonly used insulation material in homes. Many do-it-yourself homeowners use it because it’s relatively easy to work with and fairly affordable. It also nonflammable and offers reliable insulating properties, and is capable of protecting a space from water damage. Fiberglass usually is sold as rolls or pre-cut batts, and is best used for flooring joists, ceiling rafters and walls.
  • Cellulose is a natural type of insulation made from organic fabrics and recycled paper. It is a good option for homeowners who want a green option for home insulation. Cellulose is highly compact, so it helps in reducing damage in case of fire. It often is pretreated so that it resists moisture, rodents and pests, and typically is sold in a loose consistency, and must be blown into the space. It’s best for wall cavities, attic floors and ceilings.
  • Liquid foam insulation may be injected, poured or sprayed. It comes in several different types, and has a very high insulating value because it fills up small cavities that other types of insulating materials cannot cover adequately. Liquid foam is best for attics, crawlspaces, basements, walls and home exteriors.

To determine how much insulation your home requires, check out the ZIP Code Insulation Calculator, a handy online tool. For more information about the right materials and techniques to insulate and protect your home, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air. We are the leading heating and cooling experts in Peachtree City, and look forward to providing you with unparalleled service.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, GA and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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Types Of Insulation: Do You Know Which One’s Right For Your Project?

Types Of Insulation: Do You Know Which One's Right For Your Project?When you’re upgrading your home’s insulation, there are several factors you should consider, including the efficiency of the insulation you need. It’s also important to choose insulation suitable for the location you’ll be working on, as there are multiple types of insulation. Insulation is made from multiple types of materials, and has a variety of thicknesses and applications.

Here are several types of insulation and where they work best:

Unfinished walls, ceilings and floors

If you’re tackling a new space or remodeling, these types of insulation are suitable:

  • Batts – Easy for homeowners to use because it acts like a roll of insulation and can be applied over a large, unobstructed space.
  • Foam board – This thinner insulation gives you a lot of bang for your buck by offering high-efficiency values. It is also effective at preventing thermal bridges when it’s applied over joists or the home’s frame.
  • Insulating concrete forms – This insulation is often used for new construction, as the insulation is similar to concrete blocks and is installed when the home’s structure is built. It is highly efficient and creates a high degree of thermal resistance.

Ductwork

Upgrading insulation around the ducts greatly enhances efficiency, but you need to use the right type:

  • Rigid fibrous – This type must be generated by an expert HVAC contractor, but is effective at resisting high temperatures with ducts located in an unconditioned area.

Existing walls or attics

To upgrade existing insulation in a retrofit, use these types:

  • Loose-fill – This insulation can fit easily around hard-to-reach spaces or uniquely designed areas, and it is most generally blown in.
  • Spray foam (or foam in place) – Similar to loose-fill, this insulation adheres into cracks and crevices easily, and it’s sprayed into place using a hose-like device.

According to experts, upgrading home insulation is one of the more effective ways to reduce heating and cooling costs, because insulation creates a barrier against the transfer of heat, so more of your conditioned air stays inside — where you need it. To find out the types of insulation you need, contact Powers Heating & Airin Peachtree City today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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