What Is "R" Value? “R” value is a standardized measurement that gauges insulation's ability to resist heat flow. The HIGHER the "R" value the GREATER the INSULATING POWER.
| How Does This Affect Me? |
Virtually all older homes fall far short of today’s standards and, surprisingly, even new homes in Michigan fail to meet of the Department of Energy’s minimum recommendation of R-49 for attic insulation. In fact, most new homes have only R-30 fiberglass insulation with an effective R-value of less than R-20 in the winter!
|The COST of Not Insulating |
We all know that energy costs are skyrocketing with no end in sight. The cost of natural gas for winter heating nearly tripled from January, 2000 to January, 2006 and the cost of air conditioning continues to climb as well. The ceiling in your home is the number one source of winter heat loss and summer heat gain. The good news is, upgrading your attic insulation to reduce your energy costs is comparatively inexpensive and will also minimize ice damming, reduce your risk of attic mold infestation, improve your comfort and increase your property value.
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Why should you hire the Attic Insulation & Ventilation Pro’s? I have been a contractor for over twenty years and have satisfied thousands of homeowners. I’ve accomplished this by being honest, knowledgeable, timely and competitive. I use only the highest quality materials and never sacrifice quality for profit. Many homeowners are concerned about reports of unscrupulous contractors who actually install far less insulation than quoted. We always install at least the amount quoted, and I personally guarantee it! I am state licensed and insured to protect you, the homeowner. We’ll do the most thorough job, treat your home with respect and clean up properly. This is why we can say, “We’re the ones to call when second best just won’t do!”
Fiberglass vs Cellulose Insulation
We install premium grade cellulose insulation. Extensive, independent testing has repeatedly proven that cellulose outperforms all fiberglass products during both the winter heating and summer cooling seasons. Overwhelming evidence from internationally respected laboratories such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Colorado School of Architecture, Cornell University, University of Illinois and even the National Research Council of Canada have concluded that cellulose is superior to fiberglass in energy conservation, preventing air infiltration, slowing the spread of fire and reducing convection. Convection is the movement of heat through the insulation, resulting in ice dams and attic mold. Fiberglass loses up to 40% of its R-value in the winter while cellulose actually gains R-value in the winter! R-value lost is heat lost into the attic, resulting in higher heating bills, attic mold and ice dams.