Monthly Archives: September 2016

The 3 Most Important Parts of Your Home to Insulate

Insulation is critical in maintaining comfortable temperatures within your home and reducing energy costs due to  heating and cooling. Whether during a sweltering summer or a frigid winter, the right insulation in the right places is critical. Here are the three most important parts of your home to insulate and why.

  1. Why Insulating the Attic Is ImportantInsulate These 3 Key Areas of Your Home in Kansas City A+ Insulation

Your attic poses two different problems that can affect your heating and cooling costs. Not only does air escape from the attic, but outside air also seeps into the attic. You may feel warm and cozy downstairs in the winter, but heat rises and can easily leak out of the attic without proper insulation. Quality loose fill or batt fiberglass insulation prevents comfortable air from escaping, stops uncomfortable air from coming in and reduces energy costs whether blown in or installed in large rolls.

Related Read: Why We Batten Down the (Attic) Hatches

2. Your Walls Need Insulation, Here’s Why

Exterior walls need insulation for the simple reason that they are the barrier between the inside and outside of your home. In winter, heat seeps out through the walls and during the summer heat seeps back into the walls. Proper insulation in the walls helps prevent this cycle of heat loss and heat gain. Options include batted fiberglass and blow-in options, both effective if installed properly leaving no gaps.

Related Read: Don’t Forget to Insulate the Most Neglected Room of Your Home

3. Why Insulating Floors Matters

Uninsulated floors in unheated spaces, such as garages or crawl spaces, are an easy place for cool air to sneak in. Draped foundation or spray foam insulation added to these areas prevents air from rising up through the floor and reduces the likelihood of moisture and possible issues with mold. If there is a chilly basement under the main floor of your home, insulation prevents the cool air from rising and makes the basement temperature more comfortable for use.

Don’t let leaks and gaps come between you and a comfortable temperature in your home. Contact us online or call us at (913) 281-2250 and learn how our insulation experts can make your home more energy efficient.

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Insulating Your Home: Where Do You Get the Best ROI?

kansas city insulation roi on insulating areas of your homeInsulating your home is a great way to save on heating costs throughout the winter months and cooling costs in the summer. With fall finally here, it’s a great time to schedule an energy evaluation, update your insulation, and see how much you can save throughout the winter. As a savvy homeowner, you want to be sure that you’re insulating the areas that will yield the greatest return on your investment. While every home will differ somewhat on the areas that most need increased insulation, this guide will help you determine what sections of your home will save you the most money by adding insulation..

Start in the Attic

You know that the warm air produced by your furnace is rising straight up. If your attic isn’t well-insulated, that also means that the heat is escaping straight out! Adding insulation to your attic can increase your energy savings by $120 per year or more in cold climates.

Check the Walls

A great deal of heat is lost through your exterior walls, especially if it’s been awhile since your insulation was updated. You don’t want to tear out all of your existing walls to replace the insulation, which is why minimally-invasive tactics that inject insulation into the walls is the best way to go. Annually, this could save you as much as $300.

Related Read: 6 Great Reasons to Insulate Your Home

Don’t Forget the Floors

Insulating your floors, especially if they’ve been previously left without insulation, has a similar return to insulating your walls. This is doubly true if you have unused space in other floors of your home that you don’t want to heat all winter (like an unfinished basement). Annual savings? As much as $300.

Save by Insulating Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces beneath your home are necessary to access areas that would normally be impossible to reach. Unfortunately, it’s also a great way to lose a lot of your heat. Insulating your crawl spaces could save you around $200 per year.

Related Read: We Don’t Just Talk the Insulation Talk, We Walk the Walk

The Basement Needs Insulation

If there’s nothing between the floor of your basement and the ground, there’s a good chance that you’re steadily losing heat through that space. Instead of letting your heat leach away, add a layer of insulation in your basement! Each year, you can save as much as $300 on this process.

Insulating your home is a great home improvement project that, in most cases, pays for itself quickly. A well-insulated home loses less heat during the cold winter months, keeping your family toasty and warm no matter what kind of weather is raging outside. Ready for a free estimate on the initial cost of adding insulation to your home? Contact us online today or call us at (913) 281-2250.

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Why Is Fall the Best Time to Insulate Your Home?

fall is the best time to insulate your home in kansas cityThe leaves are changing. Pumpkin flavored coffee, cookies, and pies are available, and Halloween candy and decorations fill the stores. Fall is upon us. As the leaves begin to change color, and the temperature begins to cool, you should think about more than holiday decorations. Ask yourself, is your house prepared for the coming winter cold?

If not, don’t wait until you’re sitting at home, bundled in a blanket, while sipping hot coffee just to keep warm to do something about it. Too many people wait until the problem reaches its peak to fix it. This is unwise when it comes to insulation. If you think, or know, that your house simply isn’t prepared for the coming cold, you should seriously consider adding insulation before the cold weather strikes. When you consider the benefits, you’ll see that fall is the best time to insulate your home.  

You Won’t Freeze

If you wait until you start to notice that icy cold wind blowing against your skin inside of your home, you’ve waited too long. If you wait until the winter months, instead of installing insulation in the fall, you’ll freeze inside of your own home, a place you should feel comfortable. Don’t turn yourself into a human popsicle by waiting until the problem grows before you fix it. Get ahead of it, and save yourself some shivering, bundling, and far too much caffeine intake, by insulating your home during the fall season.

Related Read: Don’t Forget to Insulate the Most Neglected Room in Your Home

You’ll Save Money

Insulation will likely cost the same in the winter as it does it the fall, however, you’ll save quite a bit on electricity bills by insulating earlier. Since insulation makes your home more energy efficient, which will lower the cost of your electric bills, insulating early on, when the weather is just starting to cool down, is the smart choice.

If you insulate your home during the fall, your house will start saving you money the moment you turn on the heater when the winter winds start to blow. Don’t waste electricity, waiting for the cold to arrive before you address the issue. Get the insulation during the fall so that, when you do have to turn on the heater, your home is already prepped to keep the heat in and the cold out.

Related Read: These 5 Attic Mistakes Could Be Costing You Hundreds

When it comes to caring for your home, waiting until a problem grows isn’t sound advice. You want to get ahead of the issue, and save yourself some time and money in the process. Insulation is no different. Installing it when the weather is pleasant will ensure that you’re comfortable in your home during the insulation process, and it will save you money during the winter months when the furnace is active. Wouldn’t you rather save up for the holidays instead of having to splurge on high utility bills and new insulation in December?

Don’t put off until later what you can do today. It’s great advice for life, and it’s great advice for maintaining your home. For A+ Insulation and quality service, please contact us online or call us at (913) 281-2250 today.

Think You Need New Windows? Insulate Instead & Save

new windows try insulation first kansas cityIt’s fall here in Kansas City and there is a chill in the air. Soon colder months, and all of the wonderful things that come with them, will be upon us. Unfortunately, these declining temperatures result in climbing energy bills. You can escape rising energy costs by investing in insulation.

Most homes are not well insulated, and as a result, homeowners spend needless amounts of money in heating costs. A properly insulated home is cozy and will cost less to heat.

How Much Heat Are Your Windows Losing?

Windows are a source of 25% of a home’s heat loss. A poorly insulated window will allow warm air to escape through any gaps along the window frame. This starts a chain reaction of heat loss in a room. Warm air will continually be pulled towards the leaking windows and the result is a chilly room. Oftentimes homeowners make the mistake of replacing windows instead of insulating them. This is a costly choice. Your windows can become energy efficient by simply investing in proper insulation and weatherization.

How Much Warm Air Does Insulation Keep In?

Poor insulation allows warm air to leak out through the attic and roof. These two areas are notorious for heat loss. Roughly 25% of a home’s heat seeps out through the attic and roof. When considering what areas of your home to insulate, don’t forget about the walls. A home can lose 35% of its heat through the walls. This is why it’s important to properly insulate your home. Remember, any gap in insulation will allow heat to escape.

Blown-in insulation is dense and fills every gap. These characteristics allow it to trap and retain heat effectively. The process of installing the insulation is minimally invasive and worth the investment.
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Fall is the perfect time to consider the benefits of insulating your home. For more information about blown-in insulation contact A+ Insulation online or call us at (913) 281-2250 today.