Your home is cold and drafty in the winter and hot with stale air in summer. You know you need to increase the amount of insulation in your attic but aren’t sure where to start. Should you DIY the project, or is it time to call in a professional?
While insulation can be a do-it-yourself task, most homeowners don’t have the knowledge or tools to ensure the job is done properly or optimally. They may not even be sure if they have the correct insulation to begin with.
The temperatures in Paradise, NV can swing from the 30s in the winter to over 100 degrees in the summer. Insulation is vital for consistent home comfort.
The experienced insulation team at Ambient Edge can check your current insulation situation. We can help you come up with a plan to ensure your home is properly insulated and comfortable year-round. Call us today at (888) 247-7475 or fill out the form to request a consultation.
When it comes to assessing your insulation project, you need to decide:
- Whether you already have insulation and what type it is
- Where you need insulation
- How much insulation needs to be installed
- The type of insulation that is best for your space
You can save up to 20% on your home’s heating and cooling costs with the correct amount and type of insulation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Typically, the most effective places for insulation in a home are
- The roof and attic
- Anywhere you have a draft
Adding insulation to the attic, basement, and around spaces where drafts creep in is most useful. How much insulation you need to add is figured by the R-value, or how well that type of insulation resists the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better a product will insulate. For an attic, the general recommendation is to have at least 10- to 14-inches of insulation with an R-value of at least 38.
There are many types of insulation and, as it often happens, going with just one type may not be the best idea for different areas of your home. A space with a lot of moisture, for instance, is going to need a different type of insulation than a space that stays hot and dry year-round.
Our professional insulation installation team will take a look at your home to learn what type of insulation you currently have. We’ll check to see if there are any issues with moisture or mold. We’ll also establish the best type of insulation to add and how much of it.
We’ll discuss our findings with you and guide you through the decision-making process to find the best choice for your home and budget.
Different Types of Insulation
There are many different types of insulation ranging from cheap and less effective to more expensive and powerful.
Blankets and rolls of fiberglass insulation are readily available at your local hardware store. But with an R-value of only 13 to 30, they don’t do a very good job of keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Loose-fill insulation products include fiberglass and cellulose (made from recycled wood and paper products). These are better at insulating, with an R-value of between 30 and 50, but also require a professional using specialized equipment to blow them into the space.
Some areas require a professional application of open-cell or closed-cell polyurethane spray foam insulation to fill small air and/or water leaks. They then add layers of a different type of insulation to help keep the home shielded from temperature shifts.
In addition to the different types of insulation specific to certain areas of your home, you will need to consider the region you live in. Consider the typical weather patterns, as well as the placement of your home, in relation to how much sun or shade it receives each day.
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The Presence of Asbestos
Another reason to hire a professional when it comes to insulation installation is asbestos. Many of the homes in Paradise, NV are older. And many homes built before 1970 have vermiculite insulation which often contains asbestos.
A professional insulation installer will be able to recognize or test for asbestos. If asbestos is found, it can be left undisturbed or properly maintained and will remain harmless. However, an insulation specialist will also be able to tell you if you require professional asbestos abatement. If disturbed or if it deteriorates, asbestos fibers can be breathed in and can cause cancer.
Even if your current insulation is not found to contain asbestos, working with a professional insulation installation team like Ambient Edge means the safe and clean removal of any old insulation. This includes the insulation being damp, moldy, or too matted down or degraded to be useful any longer.
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Reasons to Have Insulation Installed
The proper amount and correct type of insulation can help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. When you need to heat and cool less, you reduce your home’s carbon footprint. But, and most importantly, a properly insulated home has lower energy bills. Sealing air leaks and adding insulation are some of the easiest ways to save money.
Schedule Your Insulation Installation in Paradise, NV Today
If you’re ready to start saving money on your energy bills and you’d like your home to feel more comfortable, regardless of the season, call the insulation installation specialists at Ambient Edge at (888) 247-7475 today. You can also send us a message to schedule a consultation. Our quality and service guarantee means your job will be done safely and correctly.