Article by Alan Wulz
Everyone has spent one night in a poorly insulated structure. Perhaps it was an inexpensive motel or a camping tent; it probably didn’t take long to wish for a comfortable night’s sleep. Comprehensive insulation installed by licensed Insulation Contractors can give a homeowner peace of mind and comfortable living.
Energy saving leads to money saving in a household with good insulation. Insulation Services include but are not limited to attic, wall and subfloor insulation, caulking, window and pipe insulation and interior wall insulation. Licensed Insulation Contractors can evaluate the current R-Value you have in your existing home. R-Value is a means of measuring heat resistance. R-Values are set by local building codes and vary from area to area. The higher the R-Value, the higher the heat resistance allowing your home to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Insulation Contractors specialize in these requirements and generally charge about the same amount it would cost to buy insulation material from a home improvement store. Insulation Contractors have safety equipment, trained installers and will guarantee their work. All Insulation Contractors are licensed by the state in which they perform their work. State Contractor’s License Boards oversee that licensing and also provide consumer complaint support. Homeowners can go online and see if their proposed contractor is reputable using services from these licensing boards. Those points alone make it worthwhile to hire a licensed Insulation Contractor rather than do-it-yourself.
Home insulation choices should not be taken lightly. There are a number of insulation materials available and each one has specific benefits to its application. Many Insulation Contractors will specialize in a particular material and application. In an existing home, attics and walls can have fiberglass, recycled or organic materials either laid in as a “batt” or blown in as a fluffy fill. New construction or remodeled homes may benefit from materials that are sprayed on wet and dry over time. Sprayed on materials also vary in weight, drying time and mold inhibiting qualities. Each choice has pros and cons. It is through the expertise of Insulation Contractors that the proper materials can be discerned.
Pipes can be insulated in a home to keep hot water hot and conversely, cold water cold. Pipes can be wrapped with fiberglass batts or a clay-like material. Water heaters can be wrapped with fiberglass blankets. There is even variety available among the manufacturers of fiberglass materials. Some have more recycled content than others. One company carries a complete line of formaldehyde-free material that eliminates odor that can come with new fiberglass insulation. Insulation Contractors can expertly locate areas that may be lacking in home insulation. They can prepare a bid with multiple options to fit any budget and any need. There are a variety of money saving applications available to keep seasonal air out and comfortable temperatures in.
Home insulation that is properly evaluated and installed can make a big difference in a homeowner’s budget. Savings are not only available through smaller power bills, but there are local power company rebates and Federal Tax Credits that can nearly offset the expense to upgrade home insulation.