People looking for an insulation company traditionally shop around by calling or visiting local companies to obtain quotes for comparison. That make sense, but when comparing prices, you have to pay attention to the scope of work and be certain you are comparing apples to apples.
Home Performance companies are licensed like their competitors in trades such as insulation or HVAC, but take a more holistic approach to their work. Because of their training in building science, home performance contractors know that just blowing in more insulation may not really provide much return on a client’s investment.
Take a look at the above drawing from the Energy Star website. Air leaks, especially at the top of the building, create comfort problems as well as waste energy. Air leakage may account for as much as 30% of the energy wasted in a home. Fibrous insulation such as fiberglass and cellulose does nothing to stop these leaks. What’s more, air and moisture from the home infiltrating into insulation reduces that material’s insulating ability.
If an insulation company does not air seal the surface prior to installing the insulation, it is not really doing the job. Air sealing adds to the price of an insulating project but you will get a good deal more benefit in terms of comfort and energy savings from the insulation if it is done.
Contact Energy Masters today to schedule your Home Energy Audit, and make sure your insulation is meeting your needs!