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Can Spray Foam or Blow-In-Blanket Insulation Work for Your Home?

Man installing insulationInsulating your home offers many benefits. Two types of insulation, however, stand out among others because of the advantages you can experience from them. These include the blow-in-blanket system (BIBS) and the spray foam insulation, both of which A+ Insulation installs.

The Good News on Blow-In-Blanket System

Blow-in-blanket systems in Kansas City work because of the extremes in weather conditions. BIBS falls under fiberglass insulation, which is the type of insulation known to provide better thermal efficiency. In addition to thermal efficiency, what other pros can you expect from BIBS?

  • It blows in easily
  • It fills the space completely
  • It lasts for a very long time

Blow-in insulation can fit even in small gaps of the tiniest size, and it’s not that hard to install. You can also dwell on the safety of your home with a naturally fire resistant blow-in blanket system. For its bonus points, BIBS insulation can reduce noise, prevent the growth of mold or mildew, and remains pest resistant.

The use of fiberglass insulation prevents the leak of any chemical odor. The excellent thermal performance of the blow-in-blanket system gives your home the energy efficiency it needs while reducing energy costs, so you can save more money.

Building insulationSpray Foam Insulation and Its Perks

In all our years as insulation installers, we’ve found that 30 percent of your home’s energy can escape through walls, roof, and floors. This is due to air leaking from these areas. Spray foam insulation can prevent this from happening, helping you save on your energy bill at the same time.

Similar to the blow-in-blanket insulation, spray foam insulation fills and seals every crack. Spray foam, as flexible sealant insulation, makes continuous air barriers in different areas. Polyurethane spray foam expands up to 100 times its original size to seal every gap in walls, ceilings, and crawlspaces for total insulation.

R-Values and the Effects of BIBS and Spray Foam Insulation

You also need to consider R-value when installing a type of insulation. Kansas, according to the Department of Energy, falls under Zone 4, which needs R-5 insulation sheathing beneath a new siding.

Remember, R-value heavily relies on the installation of the insulation.  Blown-in blanket systems, when installed by skilled experts, achieve the correct density and R-values. You can depend on BIBS to fill in existing finished areas, particularly irregularly shaped areas. It can also fill in the crevices around obstructions.

Spray foam also can cover up finished areas and seal gaps in irregularly shaped areas. You can apply this using a small spray container or in larger quantities as a pressure sprayed product.

The Finest Insulation for Your Convenience

Go to A+ Insulation and expect the best insulation for your household. Whatever type of insulation you choose, we’ll know what to do. We have technicians who can add the right insulation in the right amounts in the best places to provide you the best comfort you deserve.

With our experience in the industry, we can help you save energy, time, and money. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Does Your Home Have Traces of Asbestos? Here’s What You Should Do

asbestosThe use of asbestos as insulation remains legal in the United States, albeit highly regulated, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, despite its proven link to lung cancer and mesothelioma and several failed attempts to implement laws against it.

If you have asbestos in your home, you could be exposing your family to health risks. The asbestos in your home must be dealt with immediately by licensed asbestos contractors and replaced with safer, cost-efficient attic insulation.

Asbestos and Its Health Hazards

Asbestos is a group of natural minerals which are fire-, electricity-, and soundproof. Because of its low cost and useful properties, it has been used by industries for centuries. However, once it became linked to illnesses such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, organizations began calling for laws to ban its use. These demands, however, have not been successful.

If your home is old and used to have an asbestos insulator that was removed, you and your family may still be at risk. Asbestos remnants can linger long if not removed by professional or licensed contractors or asbestos removal companies. It is best to have your home checked and your insulation replaced immediately with a safer, cost-efficient material.

What Kind of Insulation Should I Use?

Man spraying foam insulatorMany types of insulation are available. Consulting an experienced insulation professional such as A+ Insulation will help you determine the kind that would best suit your home. Loose-fill insulation uses a blowing machine to apply the insulation material to the walls or attic. The batt or roll insulation, on the other hand, is attached to a facing which serves as a vapor barrier for heat.

These insulation categories include the following:

    • Insulsafe SP Insulation – A fiberglass blown-in insulation used for attics and walls. It’s soundproof and fireproof and can be used in new construction and existing structures.
    • Cellulose Insulation – A blown-in insulation that wraps itself around obstructions, making it a good type for attics with many corners and spaces regular insulation cannot fill.
    • Spray Foam Insulation – CertaSpray expands to fill in the little spaces.
    • Batted Insulation – An affordable type of insulation which is fitted and cut to suit the area it insulates. It is recommended for attics without much obstruction because it needs to be cut to fit around the place, which may cause gaps that allow heat to escape.

Forgoing insulation covers may result in higher energy costs just to warm your home. Insulation keeps the heat inside, keeping the temperature warm on cold days without the constant need for heaters, and cool on warm days.

A+ Insulation offers all these types of insulation, and our customers have found that the right kind of insulation that has allowed them to save at least 30% of their energy bills. Let us give you cost-efficient and effective insulators to warm your home. Visit A+ Insulation’s website for a free, no-obligation quote.

Why Do You Need to Re-insulate Your Home?

Insulation being addedNo building codes for insulation minimums existed before 1980. With the many changes in the standards for insulation over the years, you still need to check your home’s insulation even if you had the property built after 1980. The standard insulation then may not meet the code today.

At A+ Insulation, we believe that insulating your home provides superior comfort. But re-insulation offers more than indoor comfort.

What You Get from Re-Insulating Your Home

Proper insulation provides thermal resistance around your home. You’ll stay cool during summer and warm during winter with the right type of insulation. Also, you don’t have to worry about heat loss or gain affecting your indoor comfort and your utility bills when you have adequate insulation.

It’s the most cost-effective way to boost the energy-efficiency of your home. Proper insulation helps you save up to 20 percent in energy bills, or up to 10 percent of your heating and cooling costs every year. One of the best ways to save further on your bill is to add insulation to the attic. The ideal R-value for this part of your home is R-38; colder climates would need an insulation level of R-49. You’ll need varying R-values throughout different parts of your home, from the walls down to the flooring.

Reduced energy also means you lower your greenhouse gas emissions, allowing you to contribute to eco-friendly efforts.

Signs Indicating Your Home Needs Re-Insulation

Apart from the age of your property, you can consider multiple factors first before you decide on re-insulating your home. These include your home’s location and its dimensions, the climate, your energy consumption, and your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC).

Here are some questions to consider before calling your insulation provider:

  • Does your home offer the comfort you need from the climate in your location?
  • Does your home get too hot in the summer?
  • Does your home become too cold in the winter?
  • Do your energy bills come higher than you expected?
  • Do some rooms on the same floor in your home have a different temperature than the others?
  • Does your upper floor become hotter in the summer but colder in the winter?
  • Do you use extra portable blankets, portable heaters, and wear an additional layer of clothing in the winter?
  • Do you turn your fans on and sleep without blankets in the summer?
  • Do you consider buying a new window A/C unit, a new furnace, or new windows for the sake of comfort?
  • Do outside noises such as lawn mowers, barking dogs, or traffic bother you even inside your home?

If you answered “yes” to all, or most, of the questions, then your home definitely needs re-insulation.

Dependable Insulation Contractor in Kansas City

Whether it’s an attic or wall insulation, we know what to do. We know the importance of getting the job done right. Our trained and certified technicians will add the right insulation in the right places to help you stay comfortable all year round. With our guidance, we’ll also help you save on energy bills.

Call us today and schedule an appointment.