Leading Attic Insulation Service Has to Offer
Every homeowner in the US and possibly the world understands that their energy costs break the bank. In fact, we dread that email from the energy company with our bills because we have no idea what to expect. Sure, you can install solar panels, which should dent your bill, but do you want to take a second mortgage on your home to get them? Isn’t there a cheaper, more practical way to save energy without having to rewire your entire home? Well, that’s where understanding R values can help you.
As a homeowner, you spend a small fortune running the air conditioning during the summer and heating again during the winter. In most homes we’ve visited, it is because their heating and cooling aren’t operating efficiently. Essentially, leaks in your home allow air to escape and outside air to come in. If you want to reduce your energy bills, that’s something you do not want to happen.
That’s where investing in high-quality insulation comes in. The insulation’s thickness or effectiveness is measured by its “R-value.” This term indicates how much it can insulate your home from the outside air; it is like wearing a jacket. The thicker the coat, the less cold you will feel. However, you’ll need the home to meet a specific R-value to ensure the temperature remains comfortable all year round.
So, the next question you probably want to ask is, what is an R-value? Well, that’s exactly what we’ll discuss in this article so you know what to expect in the insulation market.
What in The World Are R Values?
Most insulation ratings are measured in terms of R-values. These donate the thickness per inch of the insulation. This mainly tells you how effectively it prevents heat from leaving the home. The R-values of insulation tend to vary primarily based on the density of the insulation, its thickness, and the material it is made from. We’ll go a little later into the material but suffice it to say that the typical good insulation R rating ensures more efficient heat retention or cooling in your home. But the insulation will become more expensive as you go up the R-value scale.
Before investing in any insulation, it is worth checking out its R-value per inch of thickness, which most manufacturers must mention. Usually, how insulation is installed will give you some ideas as to how it compares to various other types of insulation.
Below are the methods of installation, starting with the ones that have the lowest R values to the highest:
- Blown-in – these are loose-fill insulation
- Insulation blankets also referred to as rolls and batts
- Spray foam
- Foam board insulation
It is worth mentioning that the material from which the insulation is made will affect its R-value. However, it is also worth noting that vapor barriers and radiant barriers don’t have R-values.
Our professional recommendation and something we use across all our clients is R-38 Owens Corning Pink Batt insulation. In our experience, this is the best insulation for California because it offers the right amount of insulation without breaking the bank.
Types of Insulation
In addition to the R-value, you will also want to choose the right type of insulation for the home. The good thing is that there are many to choose from, but they might not all be right for your home. The correct insulation will depend on factors such as where you live, the age of your home, and its features.
The most common types of insulation materials are:
Blanket batts and rolls are almost entirely made from fiberglass or similar material. This is a good choice for floors and walls that are still unfinished. Installing them is relatively simple and inexpensive compared to other types. Plus, if you opt for fiberglass, you can be fireproof.
Foam board – Also referred to as rigid foam, these are more time-consuming to install, and they also need a fire-resistant cover if used in interior walls. Made almost entirely from polystyrene with newer ones from polyurethane, they can also be installed on floors, roofs, and walls.
Loose fill – These types of equipment are required to install them. They are mainly made from mineral wool, fiberglass, or cellulose. These can be added to otherwise hard-to-reach areas, like crawl spaces and the ceiling.
How to Achieve The Best R-Values In The Attic?
Generally, it is considered that adding more layers of insulation, akin to wearing more layers of clothing, can increase the R-value in the attic. This approach is only possible if the existing insulation layer is in good condition. That can then be layered for added protection.
For instance, if the attic is already insulated with fiberglass insulation blankets, you can improve the R-value by installing blown-in cellulose. This will mean an accumulation of both R values and, thus, better thermal performance. But before you do, call us to inspect the existing insulation in the attic to determine if this approach is possible.
You Need Experts Like The Attic Doctors
When it comes to insulating your attic, there is a lot more than just the R-value of the insulation used. However, R-value is the most important step. But where you live in California or even the US plays a role in what insulation will work best for your home.
In some areas like Arizona, there are special considerations to improve the protection of your home. That said, if you’re considering attic insulation and need professional advice, we are here to help you. However, most Californians will find that R-38 Owens Corning Pink Batt Insulation is the perfect fit, which we install for our clients.
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The Attic Doctors is a professional team of specialists dedicated to providing a safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient home environment to homeowners in Orange County & LA County. No matter if you just purchased a brand new home or are at the stage when you will retire and enjoy your golden years. We’re here to ensure your house is as comfy and clean as possible!
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