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Choosing a Insulation Contractor

If your home has high energy bills, uneven temperatures, or humidity and drafts, these may be signs that you need home insulation services. Installing sufficient insulation is crucial to improving your home's efficiency, and saves you a ton of money on heating and cooling costs. Some popular insulation types include cellulose, blown-in insulation, fiberglass, foam board, and many more. Your home’s attic, basement, crawl space, walls, and floors, should all be insulated in order to improve the indoor air quality, energy-efficiency, value, and overall comfort in your home. HomePro Match can pair you with an experienced, reliable insulation contractor for your home or business.

[R Value]

What determines the R-value of insulation?

The “R” in R-value has to do with a material’s resistance to heat and air flow. The higher the R-value, the more difficult a material is to penetrate, making it better for use in insulation. Wondering what the right R-value is for your home or business? This question is multi-dimensional, as the desired R-value for a home is determined by the surrounding climate, type of building, and HVAC system in the building. Generally, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation. Learn more about R-value here.

[types of insulation]

What are the different types of insulation?

Insulation types and their R-values vary, and choosing the right insulation for your space has to do with your climate, the part of the building you’re insulating, and your HVAC system. Common insulation types in the U.S.A. include spray foam insulation, cellulose insulation, blown-in insulation, radiant barrier insulation, and foam board insulation. Common areas for insulation installation are attics, garages, crawl spaces, walls, and floors.

[What is insulation]

What is insulation?

Insulation is essentially any material used to fill gaps and spaces in the construction of a building. The purpose of adding insulation is to decrease air flow through the walls, attic, floors, etc. so that interiors stay comfortable, and create a barrier from the conditions of the outdoors. Since heat moves naturally to cooler areas, insulation helps slow this process down, keeping heat outside or inside while your HVAC system does it’s part. Insulation is essential to maintaining a comfortable and efficient home. The majority of homes in the U.S. are under-insulated, which means they just aren’t running as efficiently as they could be.

[batt insulation]

What is batt insulation?

The name “batt” insulation has less to do with the choice in material, and more to do with the installation method. Batt insulation is typically made of fiberglass or rockwool insulation materials, but instead of coming in a roll, batt insulation comes in large flat pieces that are cut and installed in sections. Some prefer batt insulation as it may be easier to work with in awkward spaces than a large roll. Others believe the opposite: that rolls allow for less gaps in insulation than batt insulation as they provide more continuous coverage. The choice between fiberglass batts and fiberglass rolled insulation depends on the project, contractor, and space, and pricing is usually similar.

[Is Insulation a necessity?]

Do I need insulation?

The short answer is, yes! Insulation creates a barrier between the interior of your building and the outside world. Adding sufficient insulation helps to increase energy-efficiency and comfort in your home or business. Add insulation to lower heating and cooling bills, minimize heat loss and mold growth, and increase indoor air quality.

[Duct sealing]

Do I need duct sealing?

Duct sealing can make a huge difference in the efficiency of your home, HVAC system, and your utility costs. Think about it this way - if ducts are left unsealed, they will be hot in the summer and cold in the winter, like any under-insulated parts of your home. The air that your HVAC system worked so hard to cool or heat will be traveling through these ducts before being released into a room. Not only will the gaps in your duct system release a ton of air and efficiency, but it will be more difficult for the air to hold its temperature. Your heating and cooling system will have to work much harder, and take far longer to reach the desired temperature in your room.

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