Monthly Archives: August 2015

4 Easy Ways to Tell if Your Home Needs More Insulation

Home with Stocking Cap PictureAs summer is ending and cooler weather is arriving, it is time to think about how you can save on energy bills for your home this winter and for the next few years. There are important ways to notice if a home has poor insulation. If your home does not pass these do-it-yourself inspection tests, then it is time to call the pros at A+ Insulation.

Mice & Bugs in Your Home

There is nothing worse than finding insects and rodents in your home, but critters can enter through tiny crevices and holes around doorways and windows. Unfortunately, these openings are also how cold air enters and warm air escapes. By adding insulation you can save on energy bills while protecting your home from vermin invasions.

High Monthly Energy Bills

Look at your home’s energy bills in the last few years to determine if there are huge increases. The blown-in insulation in the attics and walls may have settled, making the insulation less effective and possibly leading to areas that are not protected from cold temperatures. A technician can add insulation layers to basement ceilings, wall spaces and attic floors.

Chilly Drafts

During the winter months, drafts in certain areas of a home are caused by cool air entering around window frames and doorways. By having extra insulation added to these areas, you and your family can avoid having to cope with chilly drafts. Adding insulation will not only make your home feel less drafty, it will also save you on energy bills. Spray foam insulation seals and insulates and is good for cracks and crevices.

Cold Walls, Floors and Ceilings

Do the touch test. The interior ceilings, walls and floors in your home should feel warm and dry. When drywall and paneling inside a home feels damp or cold, there is not enough insulation. Alternatively, when touching an exterior wall, it should feel cold because insulation is keeping warm air inside a home.

 

One of the best things you can do to stay warmer and reduce utility costs is adding insulation to your home’s walls and attic. Contact A+ Insulation at 816-268-7511 or 913-281-2250 for more information about installing insulation in your home.

 

 

 

How Much Energy Is Your Home Wasting?

Home Energy Efficiency PictureAugust is the hottest month of the year. How much money do you think you’re paying to keep your home cool? According to the Energy.gov website, heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy used in a typical home. That’s about half of your total energy bills! Go ahead and take a look at your July or August energy bill. Think there’s room for improvement? In our business, we know there is.

You Can’t Fix an Energy Leak if You Don’t Know Where the Leak Is

So where do you start? The best place to start is with a home energy audit from A+ Insulation. A home energy assessment and whole-house plan can help you determine which purchases and improvements will save you the most money and energy. Are your windows and doors leaky? Is your attic properly ventilated? Do you have enough insulation in your walls, attic, basement, etc.?

Related Read: 3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Insulation Company and Avoid DIY

Identify Your Energy Leaks with a Free Energy Audit

A home energy audit is the first step to saving energy and money. Most homes don’t have enough insulation to be energy efficient. Builders typically only add the bare minimum required by code. Insulation makes up for 70% of the total heat gain and loss in your home. Let A+ Insulation come give you a free home energy evaluation. We can then tell you where you can make the changes that will affect your bills the most. Our energy auditor will do an exterior inspection as well as a room-by-room examination of your home. We will perform a blower door test to pinpoint leaks, as well as a thermographic scan to find hot and cold spots. Then we analyze our findings and create a comprehensive home energy report. This is the best way to determine where a home is wasting energy and where improvements can be made. From air sealing to improving ventilation to adding insulation, our energy assessment team will help you save money. You can save 5%-30% on your energy bill by making upgrades following a home energy assessment.

Free Energy Assessment and Free Financing for a Year

It’s free, so call us today and start improving your home and saving money with better insulation, air sealing and ventilation. We also offer 0% financing for one year, so you might as well pull the trigger now and enjoy a cooler house this summer and a warmer house all winter without paying a penny of interest.

Call A+ Insulation today at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 and schedule a free energy evaluation for your home.

The A+ Guide to Insulation Installation-Which Type of Insulation Is Best for Attics, Walls, Basements, Etc.

There are many types of insulation available to make your home more energy efficient. So how do you know which type is best for certain areas of your home. While rolled or batted fiberglass insulation may be the easiest type to work with, it’s not always the best choice for ultimate efficiency. The insulation experts at A+ Insulation have created this quick guide to help you know which type of insulation is best whether you are adding it to your attic, walls, basement, or crawl spaces.

Which Insulation Is Best for Walls and Vaulted Ceilings?

Wall Insulation Installation
Walls and vaulted ceilings are best insulated with blown-in fiberglass insulation or spray foam. For existing homes and businesses, it is best to drill a hole and fill the space behind the walls with blown-in fiberglass as it fills the cracks and crevices completely. Rolled or batted insulation (with a paper backing) are too difficult to install once the wall is built but common during construction when there is easy access to the walls before the drywall is up. When adding to an existing home, blown-in fiberglass can be added through a small hole between the studs and then repaired. Spray foam can also be added. It is a bit more expensive, but creates a better barrier because it goes on wet and seals even the smallest cracks creating a vapor barrier as well as a thermal barrier.

Attic Insulation Is Critical to Reducing Energy Loss

Attic Insulation PictureAttics are the number one place to benefit by adding insulation. Most homes and businesses are built with the minimum amount of attic insulation required by code. Almost every building can increase its energy efficiency by adding attic insulation. Your home acts like a large chimney. Heat naturally rises and energy loss through attics can be substantial. When warm air rises it increases the air pressure near the ceiling. The difference between that pressure and the lower pressure outside on a cold day drives the warm air through any opening it can find. Plus, the high pressure created at the top of your house causes cold air to be pulled in through the bottom near your foundation. Energy experts refer to this phenomenon as the stack effect. Before you add insulation, it’s wise to seal any cracks or crevices where air is getting through from the living area below. Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation is recommended. R-49 is code, but R-60 will provide optimal energy savings. You could also add spray foam insulation. While more expensive, it automatically seals the attic fixing air leaks as well as adding the thermal barrier. You must be careful not to block the attic vents in the eaves as some attic ventilation is necessary.

Related Read: Getting Proper Ventilation for your Attic – it’s a Breeze

Basements and Crawlspaces Require Moisture Control

Spray Foam Insulation ServiceWe recommend spray foam insulation in basements and crawlspaces due to the moisture common in these areas. Spray foam insulation creates a vapor barrier that keeps moisture out and closes any small air leaks that let cold air in during the winter due to the chimney effect. Vapor barriers will always seal best controlling air leaks and insulating at the same time.

If you’d like save money on your energy bills, contact the experts at A+ insulation and we’ll have one of our energy consultants come to your home to perform a free, no-obligation energy evaluation. Call us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.