Insulation is measured in 'R' values. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Insulation makes walls, floors, and ceilings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It also makes your home more comfortable by helping maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, not just right by your vents. Lastly, it helps save you money!
With recent increases in cost of heating and cooling homes, many people are asking how they can save on their energy bills. If your home was built before 2000, you can almost be certain it is under insulated.
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WHAT IS ATTIC BLOWN-IN INSULATION?
Attic Blown-In insulation is becoming more popular every year. It has many advantages over the traditional fiberglass batts, and is quick and easy to install in most homes. It is great for old houses because it can actually be blown into the attics and walls without a lot of trouble.
FIBERGLASS AND CELLULOSE BLOWN-IN INSULATION
We use two different types of blown-in insulation: fiberglass and cellulose. The fiberglass based blown-in insulation is made from molten glass that is spun into fibers. Most manufacturers use 20%–30% recycled glass content.
Cellulose blown-in insulation is composed of up to 85% recycled newsprint. The remaining content is most commonly a mixture of ammonium sulfate and borate that functions as a fire retardant. These chemicals also deter insects, rodents, and mold. Because Blown-in insulation is loose material, it can take any shape and is much easier to fit into oddly shaped spaces such as vaulted ceilings.
GUARANTEED BAG COUNT
All loose filled insulation settles after installation — by Federal law and industry standards, blown-in fiberglass and cellulose is specified and sold at installed and settled density. The bag count and weight of material on the product coverage chart provides specific information on the amount of material that must be installed in order to produce the specified R-Value. insulUSA guarantees the correct bag count by providing UPC codes for the appropriate number of bags installed.
REDUCED UTILITY COSTS & TAX REBATES
With the recent energy tax credits offered by the federal government and rebates from the utility companies, there is no better time to boost your insulation and start saving on your monthly bills!
Ballards Insulation uses two different types of blown-in insulation: fiberglass and cellulose. The fiberglass based blown-in insulation is made from molten glass that is spun into fibers. Most manufacturers use 20%–30% recycled glass content.
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Cellulose blown-in insulation is composed of up to 85% recycled newsprint. The remaining content is most commonly a mixture of ammonium sulfate and borate that functions as a fire retardant. These chemicals also deter insects, rodents, and mold.
HOW IS BLOWN-IN INSULATION APPLIED?
Blown-in insulation must be applied using an insulation blowing machine and is designed for both open-blow applications (such as attic spaces) and closed-cavity applications (such as walls or vaulted ceilings). Blown-in insulation creates a tight fit in each stud cavity and seals around all outlets, pipes, wires, etc. The tight seal created makes blown-in insulation a great sound barrier as well as insulator. Our installers are trained to eliminate settling by creating the perfect combination between the netting and the amount of compression in each cavity.
TYPES OF BLOWN-IN INSULATION
There are three variations to the blown-in fiberglass and cellulose options above. They are fiberglass Blown-In-Blanket (BIB), Dry Pack Cellulose and Spray Applied Cellulose. The first two are similar in that the wall/ceiling is covered with a 'netting' that serves to tightly contain the material in each cavity and eliminate settling. Spray Applied Cellulose is different because the cellulose is mixed with a latex adhesive, misted with water to activate the glue, and blown into wall cavities.
WHY BLOWN-IN INSULATION?
Blown-in insulation is very popular in open wall spaces and will dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Not only will it reduce your monthly utility bills but you can take advantage of the rebates and tax credits from the utility companies and the federal government. Learn more about available energy efficiency rebates and tax credits.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation is the most efficient type of insulation. Spray foam insulation, correctly applied, will completely seal the building envelope which strengthens your home. It will protect your home from air and moisture intrusion, help as a sound barrier, and act as a pest inhibitor. It is used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications and is applied directly to all types of construction materials, from wood to steel to masonry and concrete.
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WHY CHOOSE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION?
The high thermal resistance of the product gives polyurethane insulation an R-value typically around R-7 to R-8 per inch, enabling it to provide more thermal resistance with less material than any other type of commercial insulation. A typical batt insulation only provides an R-2 per inch.
SAVE UP TO 50% ON HEATING AND COOLING COSTS
Realize the long-term benefits of installing Icynene® spray foam insulation in your home! Icynene® spray foam insulation offers you complete piece of mind with design flexibility, impressive energy efficiency payback and improved indoor air quality. Icynene® spray foam insulation can be sprayed into your home's walls, ceilings, floors, crawlspaces and attics to reduce energy waste and reduce heating and cooling costs. Icynene® spray foam is an air barrier insulation that creates a healthier, quieter and more energy-efficient home for you and your family.
MOST OF A HOME'S ENERGY LOSS IS IN THE WALLS, CEILINGS AND FLOORS
Icynene® spray foam insulation can be sprayed into walls, ceilings, floors, crawlspaces and attics to reduce energy waste and reduce heating and cooling costs. Icynene® spray foam is an air barrier insulation that creates a healthier, quieter and more energy-efficient home for you and your family.
Our licensed Contractors will ensure our insulation is installed properly and that you are getting the leading brand of spray foam insulation.
GREAT FOR BOTH NEW AND EXISTING HOMES
Icynene spray foam insulation can be installed in both new and existing homes, and even in the most unusual designs. It adheres to wood and steel frames alike and is effective in any climate.
When you put Icynene spray foam insulation anywhere in your home, the general benefits apply, but there are also additional reasons to use Icynene high performance insulation in very specific parts of a home.
Each home is different, and has different insulation needs. These are the parts of the home where Icynene spray foam insulation is often used.
There are three main reasons to have insulation removed from an attic or crawl space:
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When rodents, water, or even time are introduced to your crawl or attic space, the outcome often results in damage. When this happens, you may need elimination of the rodent or animal infestation; a removal of insulation, vapor barrier, other materials and carcasses, odor control, sanitizing, ventilation, and an install of new insulation & vapor barrier, or other materials. Sometimes it’s a home improvement project that warrants removing and replacing the insulation in an attic or crawl space. Other times it is something as simple as old blown insulation trickling out of cracks around light fixtures and attic doors.
INSULATION REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT
In any situation, insulation removal is something that we take very seriously at insulUSA. Our technicians have developed a safe, effective procedure for removing soiled insulation from attics or crawl spaces. We ensure that none of the dust, debris or animal feces makes its way into your house.
We provide you with the confidence that your insulation will be removed with the highest level of quality and service.
Insulation today is far superior to the insulation that was used only 10-15 years ago. When you have old, inadequate insulation in your attic or crawl spaces removed and replaced with the proper amount of modern insulation, you WILL see a noticeable reduction in your heating costs.