Insulating your home in Southern Colorado
Why Is Insulating Your Home So Important?
Many homeowners assume that their homes have been properly insulated when built or remodeled. But did you know that even though construction energy codes have improved over the years, most homes use materials that just meet code? That means they meet the legal limits but don’t deliver much value beyond that. Residential insulation installation that goes beyond the standard building codes makes homes more energy-efficient. You will see the difference in your energy bills, as energy-efficient insulation can provide up to 10% savings on your energy bills.
Greater Energy Efficiency Equals Lower Energy Bills
The value of energy efficiency is a bit like a ripple effect. Insulation that makes your home more energy efficient has multiples perks:
It saves you money on energy bills
Reduces the need for additional energy, which means fewer power plant emissions
Lowers your carbon footprints.
The benefits have been consistent, but they have become more important as energy bills rise. Since 2004, residential electricity prices have jumped 39%.
Energy Efficiency Begins with Insulation
Like many homeowners, you might be focusing on ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Many homeowners look to high-efficiency appliances to save money on energy bills. But most appliances don’t have any impact on heating and cooling costs. Another popular home improvement, that can be quite an investment is to upgrade to energy-efficient windows. But did you know the impact from windows is limited if the rest of the home isn’t well insulated? Proper insulation is a simple, cost-effective feature that helps conserve energy through every season of the year.
The Different Types of Home Insulation
Blanket Batts and Rolls: Blanket batts and rolls are typically constructed with fiberglass. Installing this type of insulation is easier since the materials are designed to fit into the standard width between wall studs, attic rafters, and floor joists.
Spray Foam Insulation: This type of insulation will seal leaks and any gaps inside the existing walls of your home. Liquid polyurethane is sprayed into the spaces in the wall, where it expands and hardens into a solid foam lining.
Blown-In Insulation: Blown-in insulation is applied using a machine that blows a paper-like material into the space to be insulated. This type of insulation is made of fiberglass, rock wool, or reclaimed cellulose material, which conforms to fit nearly any type of location, even the hardest to reach areas.
Foam Board or Rigid Foam Panels: Whether you want to insulate a floor or an unvented low-slope roof, foam boards and rigid foam panels can get the job done. They reduce the amount of heat passed through wood and wall studs that make up a home’s structure. Homeowners rely on this type of insulation for both exterior and interior wall sheathing. Foam boards should insulate everything from foundation walls and basement walls, to floors and ceilings.
Does Steel City Solar Install Home Insulation?
Yes. Our trained professionals can deliver and install a comprehensive system for your home. High insulation levels are essential in a solar house. Without it, a home can lose up to sixty percent of its heat energy. Quality installation of insulation and solar power into the home allows it to work together with its thermal mass. Thermal mass is a material’s ability to store and radiate heat. (Brick, stone, and tile retain it. Timber, not as much.)
The simple solution to a warm house in the winter and a cool house in the summer is to have insulation properly installed. Most people prefer to live at a consistent, comfortable temperature, regardless of the temperature outside. Your solar system is saving you money. Insulation installed throughout your home helps you to conserve even more energy.
Sound like a good plan? We currently offer Applegate loose fill cellulose insulation. We have chosen Applegate insulation for its low cost, environmental friendliness, and other various benefits. Reach out to schedule a free home estimate.
Why Insulating Your Home and Solar Power Work So Well Together
Not only do solar panels absorb free energy from the sun, but the panels also act like giant roof shades and insulators, keeping out the sun in the summer and holding in heat in the winter. That coupled with a fully insulated home will allow the entire system to work more efficiently and pass the savings on to the homeowner. The amount saved on heating or cooling a home could be at least a five percent discount on the price of the solar panels over the panels’ lifetime. You can expect a large reduction in the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your residence or business by utilizing solar power coupled with high-efficiency insulation.