Quality residential insulation is key to having a healthy, cost-effective home. A house’s insulation helps establish and maintain good air-quality and a low-toxin living environment. In addition, properly insulating your home can lower your utility costs by reducing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your indoor living spaces.
Old insulation can be the source of numerous problems, so having it inspected and replaced with new, high R-value insulation is critical. New insulation has many advantages, such as:
Attic and crawl space insulation help prevent heat transfer through walls, floors, and ceilings. Some rooms may have better insulation than others, causing a dramatic temperature differences when compared to rooms with poor insulation. Cold walls, cold floors, and excessive heat in your upstairs and attic areas are signs that your house is having trouble regulating temperature.
The constant air transfer causes your cooling and heating systems to work overtime, in order to compensate for the energy loss. This means higher energy consumption and higher utility bills. However, installing new insulation in key areas of your house will help your house regulate temperature, cutting down your energy costs.
Tiny gaps and holes in your attic and crawl space allow moisture and water buildup in the structure of our home. This creates the perfect conditions for mold and mildew to thrive. Both mold and mildew need dark places with high moisture levels. They often grow in wall cavities, attics, and crawl spaces, drastically decreasing air quality and threatening the structural integrity of your house. Air-sealing and choosing the correct insulation can prevent moisture build up, keeping your attic and crawl spaces dry and toxin-free.
Homes that have old, damaged insulation tend to have higher utility bills than houses with properly installed insulation. Households that invest money in new insulation tend to save anywhere between 30% and 80% on energy costs, depending on the condition of their old insulation. New insulation enables their homes to be more energy efficient. In these cases, the insulation pays for itself after a few months.
There are numerous types of insulation out there, but spray foam insulation is by far the most effective form of insulation on the market. Spray foam insulation is relatively new, and it’s created when two composite materials, with different physical properties, react together to form an expanding, dense foam. Spray foam insulation is great for many reasons:
Spray foam insulation has one of the highest R-value ratings when compared to any other type of insulation. The expansive materials fills all holes, gaps, cracks, and hard-to-reach places, and seals them off. This helps prevent any air-transferred heat or moisture into your attic and crawl space.
Traditional types of insulation, like fiberglass and cellulose, are not water resistant. Spray foam insulation is completely waterproof. It seals and protects your crawl space and attic from moisture, and its unique composition prevents any mold or mildew development.
Spray foam insulation has a hard exterior, and it does not create debris or excess material if applied properly. Because of this, closed-cell foam insulation deters animals from trying to nest in your attic and crawl space, lowering the chance of infestations of every kind.
Interested in learning more about attic and crawl space insulation, and which kind is best for you? Download our free eBook guide “The Homeowners Insulation Handbook” to learn more.
If you’re not sure whether or not your home’s insulation needs replacing, contact Clean Crawls today. Our team of insulation experts will inspect your attic and crawl space. They’ll provide advice on getting new insulation, which type would be best for you, and offer you a quote for our professional insulation installation services.
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