Skyrocketing heating bills in the winter, high cooling bills in the summer. Neither are desirable for homeowners, but both are a reality in the city of Henderson with its variable climate. What is most often to blame is too little insulation. In fact, many homes in Nevada have so little insulation they may as well have none.
If your home feels cold in winter, hot in summer, and your energy bills are exceedingly high, call Ambient Edge at (928) 263-8698. Our team of insulation experts can do an assessment on your home, let you know how much insulation you have, and if your bills can be reduced and your home made more comfortable with the strategic addition of insulation.
Why You Need Insulation In a Desert
Summers in Henderson can get sizzling, so it would seem that a lot of insulation is unnecessary. However, insulation does not just benefit your home when it’s cold. Proper sealing, a radiant heat barrier, plus the correct amount of insulation can help lower the heat in your attic and significantly lower your cooling costs.
Properly sealing gaps in attics, and around doors, and windows, helps keep the air in that you’ve paid to heat or cool. It also helps keep hot and cold air outdoors, where it belongs.
When the desert sun heats the roof of your home, using a radiant barrier on the inside of your attic roof helps “bounce” the heat away from your home so it doesn’t enter and circulate around the attic and the rest of your home. In fact, using a radiant barrier can reduce a homeowner’s cooling costs by up to 10%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Similarly, the correct amount of insulation – typically 10 to 14 inches, according to the EnergyStar program — will help contain hot air that does circulate, making your home more easy and affordable to cool and your central air conditioner work less hard.
Insulation for the Winter
In the winter, when you turn on your heat, it rises. If your attic is poorly insulated, heat escapes and your home feels colder. A well-insulated attic helps trap the heat and keep your home more comfortable.
The Right Type of Insulation
While there is a recommended, optimal amount of insulation for the Henderson area, there are several types of insulation to choose from. Insulation is measured in R-Value and, the higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation. The recommended R-Value for attics in the Henderson area is R-30 to R-60.
Fiberglass insulation is usually the most affordable option and comes in blankets or rolls (batts) and can also be blown in to fill your attic space. Fiberglass batts have an R-Value of 11 to 38, depending on the thickness. The R-Value of blown-in fiberglass can range dramatically between seven and 64.
Mineral wool is made from recycled industrial waste like rock or slag. Mineral roll insulation also comes in batts, but is commonly blown into attics. The R-Value of both blown-in and blankets of mineral wool is approximately 10 to 60.
Cellulose is made from recycled paper or even cotton or denim. Cellulose insulation is loose-fill and blown-in. The R-Value of blown-in cellulose is 11 to 55.
The skilled technicians at Ambient Edge can help you determine the best type for your needs and budget.
Signs You May Need New or Additional Insulation
Without going up to your attic and measuring the amount of insulation you currently have with a measuring tape, or an Ambient Edge assessment, there are other signs you may need to address your insulation situation.
Your Energy Bills Are Too High
Your energy company often provides an average energy cost report for your home and your area. If you notice your energy bills are high in relation to others, or your utility bills rise drastically in the winter or summer, your home could be leaking the heated and cooled air you’re paying for. Your HVAC system has to work harder when your insulation is insufficient.
Hot Spots and Cold Spots
If you have areas in your home that are consistently hot or cold, regardless of the temperature you have set on your thermostat, the insulation in that area of your home could be insufficient.
If water is leaking through your roof, hot and cold air are as well. Additionally, water leaking is likely also causing mold and mildew on the insulation that is currently there.
Rodent or Insect Infestation
Bugs, mice, rats, and other pests find their way into homes through gaps and cracks. That’s how cold and hot air find their way in and out as well. A properly sealed and insulated home will not only be more comfortable, but it will also block out unwanted critters as well.
Call Today for Your Free Insulation Assessment
You could be saving money and your home could be more comfortable, it all starts with one call to Ambient Edge at (928) 263-8698. Our insulation experts get the job done right the first time and we make recommendations that work for your home and budget.
We specialize in residential insulation installations and our energy-efficient insulation options can help you save even more money. Our technicians are experienced and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.