Existing Home Insulation
Your home is an investment and improving your wall and attic insulation is a great way to help protect that investment. Updating or adding to your existing home insulation is probably not something you think about often, at least not until you suspect you might need insulation services. The professionals at Millers understand that attic and wall insulation isn’t the home improvement project that is going to be the most familiar to you and are happy to walk you through the entire process.
Millers offers an energy check and insulation assessment so that you can be confident that the energy improvements made to your home will come with a significant payoff in the years to come. Adding insulation to your home is an energy efficient home improvement option that will not only create a more comfortable living space for you and your family, but it will save you money in your heating and cooling costs, essentially paying for itself over a few short years.
When is it time to think about insulation?
If you are noticing uneven temperatures between rooms, cold or warm walls and ceilings, drafty rooms, abnormally high energy bills, or are experiencing problems with ice damming in the winter; it is probably time to consider insulating your home.
Very low level insulation
If you’ve noticed any of the above mentioned problems and have safe access to your attic, you can check the insulation levels on your own to determine depth and uniformity of the existing insulation. As a general rule, if you can see the floor joists through the insulation, your insulation is not deep enough to effectively insulate your home.
If you are not comfortable checking your own attic insulation levels or would simply rather have the advise of an industry expert, contact Millers for a free insulation and energy assessment.
What are Air Leaks
Air leakage can be a major contributor to high energy costs and uncomfortable living spaces. This occurs when outside air enters your home and the heated or cooled air leaves. Air leakage is not the same as ventilation and should not be thought of as the same. Air leakage is an uncontrolled air exchange. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause poor indoor air quality, moisture problems and potential health issues for the home’s occupants if not addressed properly.
Detecting Air Leaks
The first step to addressing air leaks and drafts is to detect exactly where your home is experiencing leakage. Many drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel, such as around windows and doors. Less obvious yet still common leakage areas, such as holes hidden in your attic, basement or crawl spaces are more difficult and take professionals to locate.
When air sealing is combined with added insulation, your home will be more comfortable and have lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year.
In this video we are performing an air seal. Our team is sealing all penetrations from the attic into the home in order to keep cool air in the home and out of the attic. (This idea is reversed in winter.) After completing the air seal, we then add the DOE’s recommended level of insulation for a southern climate.
Attic Blow-in Insulation
Very low level insulation
Most homes, especially older homes, do not have sufficient attic insulation to be energy efficient. Adding insulation to your attic can be the most cost effective way to improve the efficiency of your home. A quick and easy test to see if you have sufficient attic insulation is to look for the floor joists in the attic. If you can see the floor joists, you probably could benefit from more attic insulation. Your local insulation professionals will be able to inspect your current attic conditions and be able to tell you what R-value (for insulating power) is right for your home.
A radiant barrier is specifically designed to help keep your home cool on the hottest days of the summer. It works by reflecting heat away from the interior of your home to keep the space cool. This is an affordable energy saving option that can be applied along with insulation to better improve the insulation performance. With the application of our spray applied Radiant Barrier you will feel cooler and more comfortable in the summer months while cutting cooling energy costs in comparison to past years. A radiant barrier from Millers will:
- Block over 80% of the sun’s heat from your home
- Improves performance of your insulation
- Substantially lowers your cooling bills
- Keeps your home in the shade
- You feel cooler, more comfortable
Keep your home cool for less with a radiant barrier from Millers.
Drill & Fill Walls
Although attics, ceilings, crawlspaces and basements are the most commonly thought of areas when it comes to heat transfer into or out of your home, your walls are also responsible for some of the loss or gain in most homes. Drilling and filling wall insulation could be a major component to preserving the overall health and comfort of your home. However, it is important to note that re-insulating or adding insulation to your exterior walls is a project that should only be taken on by a trained industry professional. Drilling and filling wall insulation is a meticulous and invasive procedure that must be handled on a case by case basis depending on the materials used in your wall construction.
If you are looking to add to or re-insulate your home’s exterior walls, contact the professionals at Millers. We are highly experienced and will get your job done right.