Phoenix Insulation: What You Need to Know to Run an Energy Efficient Home
May 25, 2018
Adding Phoenix insulation is an affordable way to score a comfortable and energy efficient home. Insulation works by adding an additional layer of protection to walls, attics, and other gaps in the structure of a home or building. Different types of insulation are specially designed to trap pockets of air from moving in and out of the building—keeping cool air in and hot air out, and visa-versa in the winter.
Without proper insulation, you could run your air conditioner 24/7 and still experience an uncomfortably warm home with high electric bills. That’s because hot air from outside can seep in through gaps in walls, attics, etc.. At the same time, the cold air your AC works hard to produce can drift out.
It’s important to add insulation during construction, but older homes require new insulation from time to time as well. Insulation breaks down over time, especially if it has been exposed to moisture or wildlife (for instance there are mice in your attic). In addition, it’s always possible that inadequate insulation was installed in the first place.
Find out if your home could benefit from Phoenix insulation installation
The goal of adding insulation is to increase R-Value so that it meets proper levels. But, what is R-Value? It is a term of measurement that signals a material’s resistance to heat flow. Higher R-Value equates to improved insulation capabilities. Other terms often used interchangeably include thermal resistance, thermal conductivity (k-value), and thermal resistivity (r/inch).
R-Values are measured per inch and vary based upon insulation materials used. For instance, fiberglass insulation offers 2.2 to 3.8 R-Value per inch.
R-Value is generally determined by dividing the recommended R-value for your region by the type of insulation you have or plan to use. Yet, there are some discrepancies when it comes to how much insulation you need in Phoenix.
Some people say all you need is R-38, while others advocate for higher R-Value. R-30 is the base insulation level every home requires, and keep in mind, Phoenix isn’t just any place—it’s a desert. Higher insulation levels result in greater insulation properties, and in a mega-hot climate, you naturally want as much insulation as possible to keep cool air in and hot air out.
Recommendations for extremely cold climates are between R-49 and R-60. Many argue that hot climates benefit from the same insulation levels. But is it cost-effective to increase Phoenix insulation levels to R-40 or even R-60?
Here’s the thing, if you’re already paying for insulation installation, adding another R-10 or R-20 is not going to increase costs by much. Although, in some cases, it could improve the overall efficiency of your home considerably.
Worse than paying for too much insulation is paying for inadequate insulation that doesn’t do its job. Underusage is a term used to describe too little insulation that does not meet R-Value requirements. Rest assured, we are here to help you determine the most cost effective and energy efficient solution for your home.
People often ask if entire walls need to be torn down to add insulation to existing homes. Luckily, your walls can stay upright during the installation of insulation. We have the tools, technology and equipment to add insulation without tearing down any walls or employing invasive measures.
We rely on CertainTeed Feed Blowing Machines to produce superior quality and results. These machines are uniqely designed to blow-in fiberglass insulation and fill existing cavities in walls, attics, floors, etc. As a result, they offer proper fiber conditioning, constant material flow, and correct air volume to get the job done right.
What is Loose-Fill Cellulose Insulation?
Cellulose is like fiberglass, although it is made from plant-based materials. It is the oldest form of home insulation, but its general makeup has changed over the years. In the past, it was manufactured from materials like sawdust, cotton, hemp, and straw—all of which have low thermal conductivity.
Today, it is made from recycled newspapers treated with chemicals to reduce flammability. These chemicals include sodium borate, ammonium sulfate, and boric acid, which are generally considered safe for human contact.
What is Fiberglass Insulation?
Fiberglass was invented by mistake when a researcher by the name Dale Kleist was trying to invent a vacuum-tight seal between two glass blocks. During the process, a burst of high-pressure steam transformed the glass into fine fibers. Without even trying, Mr. Kleist invented a way to produce large quantities of fiberglass particles.
Originally patented in 1938 as Fiberglas®, it was used in boats, clothing, and fishing rods for years. In 1953, Chevrolet began adding it to their automobiles. Today, fiberglass is a popular form of insulation that can be effectively applied to many parts of a building.
At AZ Insulation & Energy Solutions, we rely on the highest quality fiberglass materials for installation. We recommend fiberglass in most situations because of its excellent insulation properties.
What are the Benefits of InsulSafe Fiberglass Insulation in Phoenix?
Fiberglass insulation has been shown to reduce residential energy costs by as much as 40%. Plus, it conserves up to 12 times as much energy as it requires during production.
InsulSafe SP is a fiberglass blowing insulation that is specially engineered for air-filled spaces—such as attics and ceiling plenums. It is also used to retrofit existing walls, floors, or ceiling cavities.
Additional benefits include:
· Efficient even in Arizona’s hot summers
· Free of odors
· Provides superior noise control
· Does not settle, rot, or decay
· Won’t absorb moisture--does not support mildew or fungal growth
· No Formaldehyde, free of contaminants & carcinogens
· GREENGUARD® safe for use in schools
Phoenix Insulation is Important—Does Your Home Need It?
Is your home drafty, noisy, or are you faced with sky-high electric bills? The issue might relate to R-Value and insulation levels. We can help you find out if your home requires insulation with a FREE consultation!