We all know that it doesn’t really get any hotter than a summer in AZ! Long days with the scorching sun beating on your home or office can wreak havoc not only on your utility bill, but also on your home’s cooling equipment.
Hotter temperatures in your home means higher output is required by your AC unit. Although Arizona is recognized most for our hot summers, our winters have seen weeks of freezing temperatures as well.
Along with maintaining a healthy roof, insulating your attic is a key factor in reducing your energy costs and usage throughout the year. Although it may not be a ‘visible’ home improvement, hiring an attic insulation contractor is a functional home improvement that will help you and your family stay comfortable year round, and ensure the longevity of your heating and cooling equipment.
What is an R-Value?
Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value the better the thermal performance of the insulation.
The recommended R-Value for our Owen’s Corning AttiCat expanding blown in insulation is an R38. More isn’t always better when it comes to attic insulation in Arizona. Going over this value will not make enough of a difference to justify the cost. R30 or R38 is what you should aim to have in your attic to ensure your home is well insulated.
Cellulose vs. Fiberglass Insulation
Most homes, built since the 80’s, have cellulose insulation installed. Cellulose settles over time, which means that you may have started out with an R30 but most likely have an average of 4” of insulation now, which is not enough to insulate your home. Jim Brown and Sons Roofing uses Owen’s Corning AttiCat Expanding Blown-in Insulation, which is made of fiberglass.
Here are some of the benefits of using fiberglass insulation:
- Properly installed fiber glass batts and rolls do not settle. Fiber glass loose-fill insulation will experience minimal settling–less than 1% and will hold its R-value over time.
- When manufacturers’ installation procedures are employed, fiber glass insulation maintains its thermal performance for the life of the building.
- Insulation made of fiber glass is not absorbent. Under normal conditions all insulation is exposed to humidity in the air. Fiberglass will not wick up and hold water, thus it resists any permanent loss of R-value.
- Fiber glass insulation is not corrosive and contains no chemicals that can corrode pipes and wires.
- The fiber glass insulation industry recycles billions of pounds of pre- and post-consumer glass containers, eliminating the need for millions of cubic feet of land fill space.
- Many fiber glass insulation manufacturers have plants that use up to 50% or more recycled materials in their products.
One of our certified attic insulation installers will enter your attic (in the summer this MUST be a morning appointment) and assess how much insulation is currently there. They will then provide a quote based on the R-Value you wish to achieve and the value that the attic space allows.
We can install our product right over the existing insulation, which will save you money by not having to remove the current insulation.
Once the contract has been signed, a two man crew will arrive to install the insulation. It doesn’t take long in the cooler months of the year but in the summer it can be an all-day process due to the extreme heat and limited time the worker can safely stay in the attic.
Jim Brown and Sons Roofing is here to answer any questions you may have regarding insulting your home, office or garage. Call us today at 623-247-9252.