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Hot Summer, Cool Tips – Part Two: Does Your Home Have Proper Insulation?

27 July 2017

Insulation is a Crucial Element of Keeping Your Home Functioning Year-Round

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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 in your home. Having proper insulation will keep your house the desired temperature all year by keeping the property warm during the winter and cool during the summer. A well-insulated house will see huge savings costs, cleaner air, longer lasting furnaces, and 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. 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 of the insulation options available on the market today:

The more traditional form of insulation in the past has been fiberglass, which can come in both rolled batting and blown insulation. Fiberglass insulation can be cost-effective, but it can also settle over time which will lower your return on investment.

Another option for insulation is injection foam. This type of insulation is a liquid foam and is pumped into your walls, framing, or attics to completely fill in the spaces. It hardens after several seconds of being installed and is less invasive then rolled batting insulation.

Lastly, a very popular form of insulation used today is blown-in cellulose. Blown 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.”

Blown-in cellulose insulation made up of completely recycled, environmentally safe materials, eco-friendly option.

Blown cellulose can fill in around beams, pipes, wires and other unique shapes and objects, whereas rolled fiberglass insulation must be cut and packed into small spaces to be effective. Cellulose is also made completely of recycled and environmentally safe materials making it an eco-friendly option.

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 cooler any time soon, so don’t wait to give us a call for your FREE estimate today. Your home will thank you!

 

 

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