The type and placement of insulation in your home plays a significant part in the comfort you feel every day. An average American home funnels just over 40% of its energy consumption into space heating and cooling. The right insulation products placed in effective locations can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 10-30%, which can lower your monthly utility costs permanently for savings that never diminish. Working with experienced insulation contractors in the Long Island area is the best way to ensure that the insulation products you choose for your home are appropriate for your needs and installed properly to deliver the long-term benefits you expect for a more comfortable and eco-friendlier home.
When installed correctly and kept clean, dry, and pest-free, the vast majority of insulation products will continue performing as expected far into the future. Many insulation products are rated to last 50 to 100 years or more, meaning that homeowners can safely assume that a product installed today will last as long as they remain in their home. There are a few factors that can affect insulation lifetime, which include settling, moisture, and pests. Some insulation products, such as older fiberglass bats , may settle slightly over time, reducing their R-value and requiring additional insulation installation to bolster performance. Additionally, some products, such as fiberglass or cellulose insulation, may suffer shifting or damage due to moisture, mold, and pests, reducing their efficacy and requiring replacement. Especially if you live in a significantly older home or a home that has suffered storm, water, or pest damage, the insulation you currently have installed might be ready for an update, even if the product was designed with a long functional lifetime.
The R-value of an insulation product is a measure of the material’s resistance to heat transfer, with higher R-values indicating better insulating properties. Insulation with a lower R-value can be built up to achieve a higher R-value by adding more product, which increases the heat resistance of the material. In areas such as attics, this technique allows homeowners to use lower-R-value—and lower-cost—material in attic floors, such as fiberglass bats, to save on cost by building up several layers of product to achieve the right R-value. However, in some areas of the home, the required amount of insulation to achieve the R-value you want may be untenable with a lower-R-value product. Interior walls and small spaces are better insulated with products that can achieve a higher R-value with lower volume, such as spray foam or cellulose insulation, for both practicality and aesthetics. Your insulation contractor can help you decide which type of insulation is best for each area of your home to ensure every space that needs insulation is fitted with the right product for the job.
If you have questions about home energy consumption and how the right insulation product can lower your monthly bills for as long as you own your home, our insulation contractors can help. We are pleased to offer a wide selection of insulation products and services in the Long Island area, including spray foam insulation, green insulation, soundproofing insulation, and radiant barrier insulation. You can visit us online for more information about our products, our home energy solutions, and our installation procedures; we also invite you to check out our blog for more insulation and home energy tips, news, and advice.