From chilly winter months to scorching heat in summer, the climate in the Clark County area runs the gamut. You need your Spring Valley home to be comfortable, but it’s the insulation that can be the key to a warm, cozy home in winter as well as a cool, refreshing retreat in summer.
If you need your current home to maintain a more comfortable temperature year-round, call the local specialists at Ambient Edge at (702) 723-4704. We can also help if you’re building new or remodeling. We personalize insulation solutions to fit the needs of your home as well as your budget.
The Best Insulation for Nevada
Temperatures that dip into the 40s and soar well into the 100s — not every state or region has to deal with such a dramatic swing in climate. And when it comes to insulation, some people go with the “less is more” philosophy. Unfortunately, that’s not working to the benefit of your home or your energy bills.
Insulation has three objectives:
- Slow down heat traveling through solid materials, such as your roof
- Slow the flow of heat rising and circulating through your home
- Slow heat traveling through light, like sunlight
This is known as heat transfer.
How Poor Insulation Can Affect Your Home
Insulation can’t do its job if there are uninsulated areas, of course. But insulation is also much less effective when it’s compressed or severely matted down, if there are leaks freely allowing air in and out, or if the insulation has been affected by moisture. Mildew and mold can occur easily if the insulation gets wet due to water coming in through cracks and leaks.
Proper sealing and the correct amount of insulation helps keep heat outdoors and air-conditioned air circulating comfortably indoors in summer. It also keeps chilly air out and warm, cozy air inside in winter.
When your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard to heat and cool because more comfortable air stays indoors, you save money on your energy bills as well.
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Preventing Air Conditioning from Leaking Out
No one wants to pay for air conditioning if your cool air is escaping from holes, spaces, and leaks in your attic.
Step one is often to have a radiant barrier installed in your attic. The metallic surface helps reflect heat away from your roof to keep it from being soaked up into your home.
Step two is to make sure holes and cracks are correctly sealed to prevent indoor air from escaping as well and stop outdoor air from getting in.
From there, your Ambient Edge technician can help guide you through your choices to make sure you’re using the right type of insulation, the correct amount of it, and your selections fit your budget.
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You Need the Right Amount of the Correct Type of Insulation
Most homeowners are on board with more and better insulation. The problem is they don’t know what, exactly, is the right amount of insulation or what type of insulation to choose.
For Nevada, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends an R-Value of R-35 to R-50. R-Value is the measure of thermal resistance for insulation. In other words, the higher the R-Value, the better a material will insulate.
The most typical and most effective types of insulation in Nevada are:
Rolls (Batts) of Fiberglass Insulation
A less expensive, highly available choice, fiberglass rolls have a lower R-Value (between 30 and 40). Insulation batts have seams that can allow air to leak through and, if not properly installed, can quickly mat down and become less effective.
Loose-Fill or Blow-In Insulation
Professional insulation installers use specific equipment to blow in loose-fill fiberglass, mineral wool, cellulose insulation. Fiberglass contains some amount of recycled glass, cellulose is made from recycled paper or wood, and mineral wool is recycled mining waste.
Blow-in insulation is particularly effective if you have odd-shaped spaces or lots of nooks and crannies, as it easily fills in empty spaces.
- Blown-in fiberglass R-Value range: 20 to 50
- Loose-fill mineral wool R-Value range: 30 to 48
- Blown-in cellulose R-Value range: 30 to 40
Loose-fill insulation is a good choice when you need to add new insulation over existing insulation. As always, the specific R-Value of your insulation will depend on the amount used and the unique nature of your space.
Schedule Your Insulation Evaluation and Installation Today
Call Ambient Edge at (702) 723-4704 or fill out the form and Ambient Edge will perform an evaluation of your unique insulation needs. We offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed, 5-Star service guarantee. We take pride in and stand behind every job we do.