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Residential Insulation: Important Facts to Know

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If your house gets too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, it might be time to replace your insulation. Most homeowners don’t know the first thing about insulating their homes and what type of insulation is the right one. Lucky for you, that’s why we’re here.

There’s not much to talk about when it comes to insulation, and it’s not nearly as exciting as kitchen and bathroom remodeling, so let’s just get to the facts.

1. Good insulation will save you money –
If your energy bills are too high, good quality insulation will help. When insulation is old or failing, it’s as if the warm or cool air from your heating/cooling system is leaking out, causing you to have to crank it up or down even more. When you reduce the need to have a heater or A/C running, you’ll see those energy costs drop significantly.

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2. Insulation makes your home more comfortable –
No one likes to be too hot or too cold in their own home. By installing new insulation, it will help to regulate the temperature in your home, keeping the cool or warm air inside your home where it belongs, instead of leaking out.

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3. The effectiveness and cost of insulation depends on R-Value –
To understand how effective and costly your insulation will be, you must refer to its “R-Value,” which is its ability to resist heat traveling through it. According to Energy Star, the higher the R-Value is, the better the thermal performance of the insulation (as well as higher the cost).
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4. There are 3 main types of insulation –
The three main types of insulation materials are: fiberglass, cellulose, and mineral. At Archway, we most commonly install fiberglass insulation because of its quality and warranty through Owen’s Corning. It also has higher density options with higher R-Values, making it a little higher quality of insulation. The other materials are just fine, but they may not be the right choice, depending on how long you plan to stay in your home.IMG_0789 (1)

5. Good insulation can last 50 years or more –
Fiberglass insulation has been proven to last nearly 100 years, while others can last up to 50.

6. Insulation adds value to your home –
If you are interested in selling your home in the future, good quality insulation can add a bit of value as it pays for itself over time. It’s a great selling point for a homebuyer, knowing they don’t have to worry about installing it themselves.

The best way to know what kind of insulation is best for your home is to have one of our residential insulation experts come out to your home and give their recommendations. To schedule a complimentary insulation consultation with us, simply fill out a contact form or give us a call today!