Keep Your Home Functioning Year-Round
We often talk about the importance of proper attic ventilation, especially during the hot summer months. However, this week we’re talking about insulation and why it’s a crucial element of keeping your home functioning year-round.
Insulation is one of the most efficient ways to save energy. Having proper insulation will keep your home at the desired temperature all year. A well-insulated home will have cleaner air, longer lasting furnaces, air conditioners and less noise traveling throughout the home.
The first step to finding out if your home has proper insulation is to complete a home energy evaluation. At Home Solutions of Iowa, our complete home energy evaluations are designed to identify problem areas in your home, whether it be the attic, basement or the outward walls; once we know where the problem lies, we can come up with a solution.
Home Solutions of Iowa offers several insulation options:
- Blown-in Cellulose Insulation
- Spray Foam Insulation
- Air Sealing
Benefits of Blown-in Insulation
Blown-in cellulose insulation is a very popular form of insulation used today. Blown-in cellulose is much more airtight than using rolled fiberglass batting. It is smaller and able to get into all the cracks and crevices, allowing less air to leak through. Another benefit to cellulose is that it is less of a fire-hazard than traditional fiberglass insulation. Since it is blown-in and fills more space, it blocks air from potentially “fueling the flame.”
Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam uses a chemical compound that expands as it is applied, simultaneously air sealing and insulating the application area. Spray foam is an excellent option for areas such as attics and rim joists as well as new walls during a remodel. Here are 4 key advantages of spray foam insulation:
- excellent gap and crack filling capabilities
- Stops air leaks in addition to providing insulation value
- Will not compress, fall out of place or lose R-Value
- Closed-cell spray foam is pest resistant and waterproof so it won’t support mold growth
Benefits of Air-Sealing
Air leakage happens throughout the home as the air slips through joints, cracks and other small openings. This process naturally forces your heating system to work harder and will make your home cold in the winter. The biggest problem areas for air leakage in a home is the attic, basement and ducts. By air-sealing your home you:
- Eliminate air leaks
- Make home becomes more energy efficient
- Will be more comfortable in the hot summer and the cold winter months
Installing insulation is quick and easy, and worth the investment when you take into consideration the savings you’ll instantly get on your energy costs and the longevity of your HVAC system.
Home Solutions of Iowa offers proper insulation installation, but also attic ventilation, air sealing, and weatherproofing. The temperatures aren’t getting warmer any time soon, so don’t wait to give us a call for your FREE estimate today. Your home will thank you!