How to Insulate


HOW TO INSULATE PROPERLY:

Seal­ing and insu­lat­ing the enve­lope of a home — its outer walls, ceil­ing, win­dows, doors and floors — is often the most cost effec­tive way to improve energy effi­ciency and com­fort. ENERGY STAR esti­mates that home­own­ers can save up to 20% on heat­ing and cool­ing costs by seal­ing and insulating.

We spray closed-cell foam into exposed wall cav­i­ties, or inject home-seal foam into closed wall cavities.

  • We foam or caulk any seams
  • We foam the win­dow and doors
  • We leave the job­site clean

FOUNDATIONS

Foun­da­tion walls and slabs should be at least as well insu­lated as the liv­ing space walls. Unin­su­lated foun­da­tions have a neg­a­tive impact on home energy use and com­fort, espe­cially if the fam­ily uses the lower parts of the house as a liv­ing space. Also, appli­ances that sup­ply heat as a by-product, such as domes­tic water heaters, wash­ers, dry­ers and freez­ers are often located in base­ments. By care­fully insu­lat­ing the foun­da­tion walls and floor of the base­ment, these appli­ances can assist in heat­ing of the house.

  • Prop­erly insu­lat­ing the foun­da­tion helps you meet ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Home­own­ers can eas­ily save up to $400 per year in heat­ing and cool­ing costs by prop­erly insu­lat­ing the foundation

ATTICS

Accord­ing to the US Depart­ment of Energy, up to 45% of a home’s energy loss is through the attic. R-49 insu­la­tion value is rec­om­mended for north­ern homes.

  • We remove any old insulation
  • We air-seal the attic includ­ing all air chutes and seams with closed-cell foam
  • We seal all plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal and can light fixture
  • We add loose fill insu­la­tion to R-49

MOISTURE ISSUES

There is no fea­si­ble way to elim­i­nate all mold and mold spores indoors, so the most effec­tive way to con­trol indoor mold growth is to con­trol mois­ture. This is where closed-cell foam is used very effectively.

  • Con­trols air and mois­ture infil­tra­tion and exfiltration
  • Seam­lessly fills irreg­u­lar spaces, cracks, gaps and holes in the building’s struc­ture to pro­vide water resistance

WHERE ARE YOUR UPGRADE/REMODEL DOLLARS BEST SPENT?

This is a big ques­tion for home and busi­ness own­ers alike.  A no-cost, no-obligation Build­ing Per­for­mance Audit can give you direction.

Home Seal Injection Insulation
Down­load our Anatomy of Good Insu­la­tion brochure.

BENEFITS OF A BUILDING PERFORMANCE AUDIT

  • The Build­ing Per­for­mance Audit is a no-cost, no-obligation service
  • Gives you infor­ma­tion on where your home/business is con­sum­ing the most energy and how to fix the problem(s)
  • Answers ques­tions about prob­lem areas in your building
  • Gives you infor­ma­tion on what to fix/upgrade first so you can form an action plan that fits your budget
  • Gives you infor­ma­tion on what tax cred­its and rebates are avail­able to you
  • Your Build­ing Per­for­mance Audit is reviewed by an ENERGY STAR/BPI Build­ing Ana­lyst professional

COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY AUDITS AVAILABLE

For more detailed energy-saving ques­tions, a low-cost com­pre­hen­sive build­ing energy audit is avail­able. This pro­vides com­puter mod­el­ing of the build­ing, spe­cific dol­lar amounts the upgrade will save you, an air leak­age test, fur­nace and water heater test­ing, car­bon diox­ide safety test­ing, com­bus­tion safety test, your car­bon foot­print num­ber and more.

R-VALUES FOR ENHANCED HOME ENERGY SAVINGS OR COMFORT

This map shows the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy’s rec­om­mended insu­la­tion levels

NEW WOOD-FRAMED HOMES

EXISTING WOOD-FRAMED HOMES

Ref­er­ences: 1. DOE/CE-0180 2008, Insu­la­tion Fact Sheet.

Note: The map and tables shown are the Depart­ment of Energy’s (DOE) R-value rec­om­men­da­tions for exist­ing homes and are based on com­par­ing future energy sav­ings to the cur­rent cost of installing insu­la­tions. Sav­ings vary, find out why in the seller’s fact sheet on R-values. Higher the R-Values mean the greater insu­lat­ing power.