If you live in Desert Hills, AZ, you know temperatures in Maricopa County can vary widely. The cold winter months give way to summer’s blazing heat.
Homes in Desert Hills have very specific insulation needs. Whether you’re building new, remodeling, or need to re-insulate your existing home, call the local experts at Ambient Edge at (702) 948-7201. We know the area, we know the climate, and we customize insulation solutions to meet your specific needs and budget.
How to Insulate for a Hot Climate
When temperatures soar into the 100s, most homeowners don’t think about the need for extra insulation. However, the job of insulation is to slow heat transfer – heat traveling through solid materials (like your roof), heat traveling through light (such as sunlight), and heat rising and circulating throughout your home.
Having a properly sealed and insulated home helps keep the outdoor heat where it belongs – outside of your house. Also, correctly sealing leaks and adding the right type of insulation to your attic will make a big difference in summer. Not only when it comes to home comfort, but also with lower energy bills.
Keep Heat Out and Cool Air in
Tightly sealing holes, leaks, and spaces around vents and other openings can keep the sizzling outdoor air out of your attic. Having a radiant barrier installed helps reflect heat away from the roof so it is not absorbed into your home.
Sealing and a radiant barrier, in partnership with the right amount of the correct type of insulation, will help keep your home cool and comfortable in summer. Your Ambient Edge specialist will help guide you through your insulation choices to ensure you make the right decisions for your home and your budget.
For Arizona, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends an R-Value of R-30 minimum up to R-60. The higher the R-Value of insulation, the better insulation it provides. In general, the types of insulation recommended for best performance in hot climates include:
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Open-cell and closed-cell spray foam have R-Values ranging from 35 to 65, depending on the type of foam and how much of it is used. Spray foam insulation also does double duty when it fills holes, leaks, and cracks in the roof and attic walls.
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Blow-In or Loose-Fill Insulation
Special professional equipment is used to blow in cellulose, mineral wool, or fiberglass loose-fill insulation. Nearly all types of blow-in insulation are made of some type of recycled product.
Cellulose is made from recycled wood or paper materials. Fiberglass usually contains recycled glass. And mineral wool is recycled industrial (mining) waste. Loose-fill insulation can be easily blown into attics of any size and shape and can fill empty spaces as well as effectively cover existing insulation.
The R-Value of cellulose loose-fill insulation ranges from 30 to 40. The R-Value of blown-in fiberglass is 20 to 50. And the R-Value of loose-fill mineral wool is 30 to 48. All R-Values depend on the amount of insulation used in a particular installation.
Batts or Rolls of Insulation
The R-value of fiberglass rolls (or batts) is generally 30 to 40. Fiberglass batt insulation is typically cost-effective, but because it has seams, can allow air leakage or matting down if not properly installed.
Even though rolls of fiberglass insulation are readily available at your local hardware store, it’s important to work with a professional insulation installer, such as Ambient Edge, to ensure the project is done to the highest standards. That will keep your house cooler in summer and you’ll see the savings when it comes to your energy bills.
How to Insulate for a Cool Climate
For as many scorching Arizona summer days as there are, there are equally as many chilly winter evenings with temperatures dipping into the 40s or even lower. When you’re paying to heat your home, you want to make sure as much of that heat stays inside as possible. No one wants to be paying to “heat the entire neighborhood” (as everyone’s dads used to yell).
Proper sealing in the attic and around windows and doors helps keep cold drafts away. And, again, the right amount of insulation is going to help keep winter from nipping at your nose.
Keep Cold Out and Warm Air In
Loose-fill insulation — fiberglass, mineral wool, or cellulose — is typically recommended for high-quality attic insulation. Attics usually have obstacles such as vents, chimneys, and odd spaces and loose-fill insulation works easily and effectively around and in to provide a complete insulation solution.
Schedule Your Insulation Evaluation Today
Call Ambient Edge now at (702) 948-7201 or fill out our form to schedule an evaluation of your current insulation situation. We’ll provide an assessment and give you options for how to make your home more comfortable and save money on energy bills.