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DIVISIONS: Residential Insulation: Education

The world of insulation is not a topic most people are familiar with and often have many questions. If you are one of those people, we have created an educational section to help you out. Learning a little bit about what’s what will help you understand what will fit your needs best.

What’s an R-value?

The measure of heat flow resistance is commonly referred to as the R-value. Often the best insulation is one that has the highest R-value per inch of thickness. In other words, the higher the R-value the better the material insulates. While R-value is important, there are other factors to consider when choosing an insulation system. Please feel free to contact us and we’ll help you to decide what system best suites your needs.

What is a BIB System?

The Blown in Blanket System utilizes blowing dry virgin wool fiberglass into the cavities of your home. It provides a “custom fit” for your home by creating a seamless, uniform blanket of insulation that is able to conform to any size or shape cavity, resulting in a guaranteed consistent R-value throughout the entire cavity. This system is also effective at maintaining air infiltration, increasing sound transmission rating and increasing R-value. For more information on BIBS please visit www.getbibbs.com.

What is cellulose?

Cellulose is an environmentally friendly product made from 80-85% recycled newsprint. The manufacturing process of cellulose generates virtually zero emissions. While most insulation is inherently green due to its ability to effectively control the energy efficiency of your home, cellulose remains to be one of the most environmentally sustainable products available. Homeowners have the choice to significantly reduce the environmental impact by the products they choose to insulate their home. Engineers have found that when properly applied, cellulose can reduce air infiltration as much as 38% in tested wall assemblies. Additional benefits of cellulose are its effectiveness to help control sound transmission and increase fire resistance of your home. We use Applegate stabilized cellulose products, which are made of 80-85% post consumer recycled newsprint. For more information on our cellulose products please visit www.Applegateinsulation.com

What is a batt?

Fiberglass batts and blowing wool are the most common insulating medium and can provide great benefits when properly installed in your home. We are proud to offer fiberglass products from CertainTeed and Knauf. Both offer a full line of Greengaurd certified products, which meet an Indoor Air Quality Certification Program for Low-Emitting Products. Additionally, Knuaf has recently brought to the market its Ecobatt, which uses a newly patented Ecose Technology. Ecose Technology is a process that uses a new sustainable binder that is made from rapidly renewable organic materials rather than petroleum based chemicals. This has allowed them to produce a fiberglass product free of phenols, formaldehyde and acrylics, achieving the next generation of sustainable fiberglass products. For more information on fiberglass batts and blowing wool please visit www.certainteed.com, www.knaufinsulation.com or www.ecobatt.us.com.

What is foam insulation?

Spray polyurethane foam is a two component system that consists of an (A) isocyancrate and (B) resin. When combined, they produce a foam that expands to create an insulation with many benefits. Spray foam creates an effective air seal which reduces energy loss and improves indoor air quality. For more information, please visit www.certainteed.com.

Do you insulate individual homes?

Yes. We work with contractors, builders and individuals. We can help you insulate your new home, renovation or just improve your current insulation system.

How does insulation work?

Insulation works by helping to slow the transfer of heat. Heat moves in three primary ways: radiation, conduction and convection. Radiation is the movement of electromagnetic light waves that you cannot see. An example would be the radiant heat from a fire. Conduction is the transfer of heat though a solid object such a spoon sitting on a hot pan. The final method of heat transfer is convection or the transfer of heat through the air. An example is warm air rising, thus transferring heat to the ceiling. So, insulation works by absorbing heat and helping to slow down its transfer.

Can I get tax benefits from re-insulating?

Yes. The Federal Government has initiated tax credits for the installation of insulation in both new and existing homes. The new program is called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and they are offering a $1,500 tax credit for re-insulating your home. This tax credit begins January 1, 2009 and is available through December 31, 2010.

What are the Energy Star requirements?

The Energy Star requirements are different for certain regions of the country. Please refer to the link below to view the Energy Star recommended R-value levels in your region of the country.

What are the benefits of re-insulating?

There are many reasons why you should consider re-insulating your home. The number one reason is to help minimize utility costs. Proper insulation can lower utility bills and help to maintain a home that is energy efficient and sustainable for the future. Others benefits of re-insulating include: a quieter home and decreased air infiltration.

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