Upgrading insulation throughout the attic is one of the most cost effective ways to enhance home energy efficiency. It’s also one of the best home improvements in terms of return-on-investment. Attic insulation upgrades will make a big difference throughout the year – with noticeable utility savings on winter heating and summer air conditioning. With a well-insulated attic, homeowners will potentially realize between 30% and 40% savings on their seasonal utility bills.
In older homes, attic insulation is usually below the current standards of the building code. In fact, some industry statistics show that many homes have less than half of the code-required attic insulation. Beyond anything else, this is a recipe for wasting energy, and wasting money around the year. Attic insulation upgrades will guarantee home comfort from season to season, and will guarantee lower utility bills. Best of all, the savings make the investment worthwhile.
In winter, poorly performing attic insulation allows for significant heat loss, which then requires the furnace to work overtime in order to keep the home comfortable. In summer, it’s similar but opposite – the outside heat infiltrates into the home, causing the air conditioning system to work overtime in order to maintain comfort. Providing professional attic insulation upgrades, the team at EcoComfort installs high quality materials that offer comfort and savings at one time.
When it comes to attic insulation upgrades, the two most common types of insulation products are blown-in cellulose and blown-in fiberglass. Both are specially designed for use in the attic, and both have their unique advantages. In terms of insulation performance, both cellulose and fiberglass have similar R-Values, however Cellulose is usually the better choice due to it’s superior density. Regardless of the product, a professional install will ensure that the appropriate product is being used relative to the specifications of the attic space and the priorities of the job.
When doing attic insulation upgrades, EcoComfort uses only the best quality products. And while each product is fabricated from different material, the application process is quite the same. Both products are “blown” into the attic space uniformly, and both products provide a highly effective insulation envelope throughout (including coverage of open spaces, cracks and crevices).
At EcoComfort, there are two types of insulation that we work with and recommend to our clients: blown-in cellulose and blown-in fibreglass insulation. Each has pros and cons that need to be considered in relation to the unique needs of your home, but both will provide excellent insulation coverage and R-Values.
Blown-in cellulose insulation is an excellent option for insulating spaces like the attic or cavities where you have limited access points. As the name suggests, cellulose insulation comes from cellulosic plants, such as trees, but in the past has included cotton, straw, sawdust, corn cobs and even hemp. It’s one of the oldest and widely used kinds of building materials in part because it works so well and has been a popular material since it first came into regular use in the 1950s.
Considered an eco-friendly option because it is most commonly produced using recycled paper, blown-in cellulose insulation is quick and tidy to install, and a small hole is often all that is needed to install it into small cavities; alternatively, in the attic it is easy for a single technician to evenly coat the surface within a few hours. When it comes to thermal performance, blown-in cellulose insulation compares favourably to other popular types of insulation, and can be effectively used to raise the R-Value of existing viable insulation.
Cellulose insulation also reduces noise travel, resists mold growth, and is fire retardant due to the non-toxic borate treatment it receives during manufacture.
Blown-in fibreglass insulation is a similar product to cellulose, but it is made up of glass fibres that have been spun like wool into a fluffy, cotton-candy like material. You may be most familiar with it as a big pink batt, but it works well as a blown-in product as well, and has been on the market under various brands and formulations since 1933.
Because compressing fibreglass insulation causes it to become less effective, blown-in fibreglass insulation is an excellent way to top up your attic without risking compression - it won’t settle. Fibreglass insulation has a comparable R-Value to blown-in cellulose, and performs better in fire tests - it is, after all, made of glass, which won’t burn under high temperatures. Additionally, fibreglass insulation is relatively impervious from mold growth because of its inorganic nature, and dust during installation is easy to control and reduce.
At EcoComfort, we’ll help you make an informed choice about your insulation so that you have the best product for your home’s needs. Both types are excellent, low-cost options for a homeowner looking to improve their home’s energy efficiency and save on their monthly heating and cooling bills.
A properly insulated attic will enhance both energy efficiency and home comfort. At EcoComfort, our insulation materials are safe and chemical-free, and our installation work is guaranteed. Our priority is to ensure that customers are completely satisfied.
EcoComfort provides attic insulation in the Greater Toronto Area, and in communities around the Golden Horseshoe. From removal to installation, our workmanship often exceeds expectations. And importantly, we manage each project from end to end.
To find out more about EcoComfort, call for a free home estimate at 416-333-4554, or visit the company’s website at http://www.ecocomfortinsulators.ca .
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