The condition of a home’s insulation directly affects the home’s energy costs. When the insulation system is faulty — either lacking or damaged — a homeowner will definitely notice high and inconsistent utility bills. Another thing a lot of customers don't realize, is that while an under-insulated attic can impact heating and cooling costs, it can also impact other parts of the home such as the roofing system - that's why we train our consultants to not only figure out how your inefficincies are affecting your heat and cooling, but how it's affecting other parts of your home. At AM Group of Companies, we offer a number of services to help reduce these unwanted extra costs and help reduce any risks associated with having an under-insulated home.
Having a properly insulated attic is key to reducing both heating and cooling costs. As hot air rises, improper attic insulation will only help the conditioned (and highly paid for) air escape up and out through the roof area. If the home is an older home, say pre-80’s and has had no insulation upgrading, then it’s estimated a 40% heat loss occurs just through the attic area. An attic insulation inspection will determine the state of the insulation and its R-Value (the measurement of heat flow resistance of insulation material). Today’s standard is R-60. All older homes that have not been upgraded are often well below R-40. Also, if there’s any damage to the insulation, such as from water infiltration, pests/critters, or just degradation from age, then the R-Value number will even be much lower. In the case of ineffective insulation, removal will be necessary before replacing or topping up with any new insulation product. As part of our insulation inspection process, we use modern technology to find all of the home’s energy leaks and trouble spots by performing a detailed assessment.
To successfully insulate a home’s attic area, airflow is extremely important. Trapped conditioned air can cause a lot of damage to not only the roof area but also the entire house. Since heated air contains moisture, when there is improper ventilation then the moisture will accumulate and bring with it situations such as wood rot, mold, and more. Also, when hot heated air is not properly directed out and away from the home, then it will seep through the actually roof part and can cause heat damage to the roof’s tiles. If the heat flows back down into the home, then very poor stagnant air quality is the result.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is a superior insulation system that creates an airtight seal like no other form of insulation on the market today. It can solve many insulating issues that a home may have with its unique ability to seep into cracks and gaps and form a custom seal. It’s especially effective for hard-to-reach or unusually shaped areas that would otherwise be difficult to properly insulate with any other product. Spray foam’s popularity has dramatically increased due the high-quality end results it produces. To successfully insulate a home with spray foam requires an experienced and skilled technician. Certification to work with this material is a must. At AM Group of Companies, our technicians are up to date on certification and all of the safety standards that this product requires during the installation process.
Blown-In Insulation and Top-Ups
Another effective insulation option for attics is what’s called blown-in insulation. It’s a fibreglass product. We use Owens Corning’s EcoTouch PINK insulation. It is considered to be very eco-friendly as it is made up of 73% recycled material. The installation process is done with a blower machine and hose system and the insulation is literally blown-in. It is primarily used for an attic’s flooring area and will form a layered blanket-type result. The layer height is measured and that is how the desired R-Value is determined. In some situations, where the previous insulation was already added, a home may only require a top-up to bring that R-Value up to today’s R-60 standard. During our initial inspection, our trusted technicians will determine the best insulation solution for your home