Before we talk about what the best types of attic insulation is, let’s talk about the importance of actually having insulation in your home. There three ways your home loses and gains heat. Convection, conduction and radiation.
Convection is the transfer of heat by moving air. An example of this would be in the colder months when it’s cold outside, and you go and turn your heat on, and the heat rises to your upper floor. This is an example of convection.
Conduction is the transfer of heat through a solid material, and radiation is the transfer of heat in the forms of electromagnetic waves. Here is an example of these two types of heat tranfer. When it is hot outside, the sun radiates heat to your roof, then the roof then radiates heat to the ceiling. The heat is then conducted through your ceiling and radiated into your home, which causes your home to become hot.
Does my house need new insulation?
We get this question from customers all of the time – does my house really need new insulation? The answer is – we won’t know until we do an inspection.
We always start off with an inspection. The best inspections are done with flare guns. A flare gun is a great tool that our inspectors use to figure out where you’re losing heat or gaining too much. We then find out your current R-value and your square footage. After the inspections are done, we provide you with a report of our findings, and give you options on making sure that you’re in good shape for the next seasons.
Why should you add more insulation?
Most homeowners go into the attic only to exchange their air filters; they have no idea that they could be throwing money down the drain with their monthly energy payments because of bad attic insulation. Think about the wear and tear it’s causing on your air conditioning unit. It’s having to work a lot harder due to insufficient insulation, and trust me, it’s far more expensive to replace an A/C unit than to add a little of insulation.
Here is an example or an image from the Department of Energy, and it shows your suggested R-value in your area. An R-value establishes your rate per insulation you have.
The common builder code here in Georgia is an R30, and in most cases, to get back to code, customers only need three to four inches of T.A.P insulation installed on top if their current insulation to get back to code. You’d be surprised how affordable it actually is. The cost of insulating will pay for the upgrade itself over time, and leave you with a more enjoyable home.
What are the common types of insulation?
The two most common types are blown in and batt insulation. Blown in insulation is installed with a machine by through a tube run through your house through which the insulation is blown.
Batt insulation is installed manually to fit in between the joists in your attic. The batts cause gaps which are not perfectly filled, so the blown in is definitely the way to go.
Some of you may have the white fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation does work, but it needs to be consistently checked for peak performance, and it needs to be done multiple times owning your home.
Why T.A.P Pest Control Insulation?
T.A.P. insulation is permanent. You will never have to do it again, unlike fiberglass. On an average, most customers see a reduction in heating and cooling costs, 32% a month when reaching the recommended value of an R49.
What does T.A.P Pest Control Insulation contain?
T.A.P contains borate treated recycled paper, which are only allowed to be handled by a pest control licensee. It’s treated with fire-retardant treatment for cases like if live wires in an attic are rubbed against something, or a rodent chews on it will spark. Normally that could cause a fire, but this will not burn.
It also has sound deadening materiel for outside noises, and you’ll never have to worry about insulating again. It kills bugs; it saves money; it absorbs sound; it provides a perfect fit, no gaps; it’s fire resistant; it’s used with all natural ingredients; and it’s permanent.
If you are interested in getting your home insulation inspected, please give us a call today! 1800-750-BUGS
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