If your home or business is more than twenty years old, it may be time to consider upgrading and replacing your homes insulation. You may have even recently put in brand new replacement windows, however with poor insulation you just wasted money. Replacement windows can only do so much if you have your entire house leaking air out from the windows and crevices. You may be living one of Houston’s historic homes, which may even lack any insulation at all. Home like these need insulation more than anything else. It makes no sense to chatter teeth through a cold winter or sweat out a hot summer and paying mounting heating and cooling bills when the problem can be easily remedied through proper insulation.
Although insulation, especially more advanced types, isn’t exactly cheap, it pays for itself over time as it traps the warm and cool air in your home so that you don’t have to operate your furnace and air conditioner as arduously.
Don’t Doubt, Check it Out!
If you are wondering whether it is time to re-insulate your home or not, have an energy audit done on your home to see what the R-value of your home currently is and what it can be improved to with insulation and even replacement windows from Superior Window Company.
The R-value measures the amount of resistance to the flow of heat. A home that has a high R-value has good insulation that is effective at reducing energy consumption. The audit will determine exactly how much insulation you should add and where to install it. In terms of the types of insulation, there are a number of options.
Different Applications of Insulation
Those Houston homes with hot attics will benefit the most from spray foam insulation or radiant barrier types of insulation. They are easily installed, very effective and covers the rafters completely to create a thermal bridge type structure to channel the cold air from outside into the attic. Spray foam can also be blown into the walls of even the oldest homes without making a mess or ruining the homes original character and appearance.
It is also worth considering that spray foam insulation is an Earth friendly product as it is made of environmentally friendly, renewable resources such as caster nuts, soy beans, cane sugar, beets, and corn husks. Different types of foam insulation are also available. It starts out as a liquid that is sprayed into the wall crevices and corners. This spray then rapidly expands and hardens to fill in the open spaces efficiently.
When you are going back and forth between the various insulation types and their pros/conc to create and energy efficient home along with your replacement windows. Don’t automatically rule out fiberglass. Fiberglass insulation may sound obsolete, and it is created with glass fibers and phenol-formaldehyde, both of which are harmful if inhaled, however the only ones at risk are mainly those who perform the installation and they are safely prepared and protected for these installs.
Don’t Forget Replacement Windows
Now of course if you just going to replace your insulation you are shooting yourself in the foot if you don’t go ahead and invest in replacement windows. Energy efficient replacement windows from Superior Window Company go hand in hand with new insulation to act as a line of defense against the ever changing Texas weather. Feel free to contact us for a free estimate today!