When it comes to insulating your home the options and choices can be quite overwhelming so we would like to try and make that experience a little less stressfull for you. Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions about insulation and if you can't find your answer here please free to call us and one of our sales associates will be more than happy to assist you.
- Is Insulation Expensive?
Insulation is a lot less expensive than most people think. In most cases you are able to recover what you spend on just insulating your attic in about two years with the savings on your heating and cooling bills.
- What Area of my House Should I Insulate?
Insulating your attic is the best place to start. You lose nearly half of the energy in your home through your attic. If your home was built prior to 1960 you should have the walls in your home checked for insulation. Insulation should be installed in other areas of your home as well such as basement walls and sills, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, floors over garages or porches, and knee walls.
- How much Insulation Should I have Installed?
In Minnesota it is recommended by the Department of Energy that your attic have an R-value of 50 and your walls have an R-value of 21. If your home was built as few as 10 years ago, it is probably among the more than 46 million homes in the U.S. that Harvard University says are under insulated by today's minimum standards.
- What is an R-Value?
An R-value is a measure of thermal resistance for a particular material or assembly of materials (such as an insulation panel). The R-value depends on a solid material's resistance to conductive heat transfer. For loose or porous material, the R-value accounts for convective and radiative heat transfer through the material. However it does not account for the radiative or convective properties of the material's surface, which may be an important factor for some applications.
- How much Insulation do I have?
If it is loosefill in use a ruler to measure how much blown insulation you have. If you have less than eighteen inches of insulation you most likely need more.
- How much Insulation Do I Need to have Installed?
If it is loosefill insulation use a ruler to measure how much blown insulation you have. If you have less than 18 inches of insulation you most likely need more. If you can't see the insulation because it is in your walls or another place that you can't get to we will have to determine the amount you have. We have thermal cameras that can see how well your home is insulated.
- Are there Different Types of Insulation?
Insulation comes in several types but the most common types that we work with include. Fiberglass Batt Insulation and Fiberglass Loosefill Insulation, RetroFoam Insulation as well as Spray Foam Insulation.
- Do I Need to Remove my Old Attic Insulation?
No. Your current insulation does have some insulating qualities and will be taken into consideration when adding more insulation to your attic.
The only time that we would need to remove the old insulation is if there is smoke or water damage.
- Are any Insulation Products made of Recycled Material?
Yes. Fiberglass insulation is made up of about 35% recycled material.
- Are there Insulation Rebates Available?
Yes, the type and amount of rebate can change year to year so if you would like to know more information please feel free to check out our insulation rebates page for more information.
- Can Insulation Help Reduce Unwanted Sound?
Yes. Insulation is an efficient way to reduce unwanted sound, and it is commonly used to provide a more comfortable and quieter interior environment.
Insulation effectively reduces noise transmission through floors and through interior and exterior walls. The best option here is definitely Spray Foam Insulation.
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