General Questions about insulation.
- What does insulation actually do for my home?
- What areas of my home should be insulated?
- What is the difference between fiberglass and cellulose insulation?
- How do I know how much insulation I need for my home?
- What should I look for in a qualified insulation contractor?
- What if I have a question or problem?
What does insulation actually do for my home?
Fiber glass insulation resists the flow of heat, which keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Heat is a form of energy and always seeks a cooler area – flowing out of the home in the winter and into the home in the summer. By reducing heat flow, a properly insulated home uses less energy for heating and cooling.
In addition to being an energy saver, fiberglass insulation also acts as a sound absorber. When installed in walls and ceilings, it can reduce the transmission of sound from one room to another as well as from the outside. In today’s noise-laden environments, more and more homeowners are soundproofing their homes.
A well-insulated home increases the overall comfort of the home and adds to its resale value. Whether your home is new or old, it pays to insulate.
What areas of my home should be insulated?
Insulation is not just for attics and outside walls. Insulation should also be installed in other areas of your home such as ceilings with unheated spaces, basement walls, floors above vented crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, floors over unheated garages or porches, knee walls, and in between interior walls, ceilings or floors for extra sound control.
What is the difference between fiberglass and cellulose insulation?
Fiberglass insulation is made primarily from sand and recycled glass. Cellulose is composed of approximately 20 percent chemicals by weight-in addition to the impurities, inks and dyes present in shredded newspaper, cardboard and waste paper.
How do I know how much insulation I need for my home?
An R-19 is minimum for building codes in the state of Florida, but an R-30 is recommended due to our extremely hot climate.
What should I look for in a qualified insulation contractor?
Once you’ve decided that an insulation contractor is needed, be informed and thorough when selecting the one for your job. Call in two or three contractors to quote your job. Ask them for references including other homeowners for whom they have done work.
Look for a “Certified Energy Professional” and also contact the I.C.A.A. Insulation Contractors Association of America and/or check the Better Business Bureau.
Ask contractors about the insurance they carry. Do they have insurance to protect their own workers if they are injured? Are you covered if one of the workers damages your home?
What If I Have a Question or Problem?
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