SolvIt’s Insulation Experts Serving All Connecticut
Most homes don’t have enough insulation, especially older homes. There is a minimum amount of insulation levels required by building codes but many times this just isn’t enough. This creates drafty areas, energy loss, increased utility bills, and an overall uncomfortable home. Many homeowners blame their HVAC system for especially cold spots or drafty rooms but this is probably not the case at all. Many times this can be blamed on an insufficient amount of insulation.
You may ask yourself what kind of insulation does my home need? Where do I need it most? SolvIt is here to answer all of your questions and we even provide a FREE quote and estimate, finding the correct areas and type(s) of insulation your home would benefit from most.
Avoid the number one mistake: Don’t hire a “Blow and Go” insulation company!
Insulation works best when air is not moving around or through it. This being said, it is very important to seal air leaks first to ensure you get the best possible results from your insulation. Proper air sealing and insulation can reduce your home’s energy costs by as much as 30%, according to the Department of Energy! By adding insulation without air sealing first will only give you minimal improvements. In most homes we provide services to, we see insulation that was improperly installed or not installed at all in some areas. It is very common for us to see little to no insulation in the attic. You can go to your attic and look around; if you can see your ceiling joists, you need additional insulation. See photo to the right as an example.
Crawl Space Insulation
Builders often forgo crawl space insulation or install the incorrect type. This can cause a home to become uncomfortable, mold growth from a damp crawl space, or wood rot. Fortunately SolvIt installs rigid foam insulation which is specially made for crawl spaces to prevent the absorption of moisture or mold growth.
In some cases, insulating the roof instead of the attic can be a smarter option in some homes. Insulating the roof is the best choice when you attic is full of stored items or your home’s HVAC equipment. Similarly to attic insulation, roof insulation keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature all year round.
With energy costs on the rise and extreme weather a norm in Connecticut, it is important to make sure your entire home is properly insulated. Ceiling insulation is an important part of a home’s weatherization plan. We specialize in basement ceiling insulation, insulation about the living room and more.
Wall & Floor Insulation
In Connecticut, like in most climates, insulation is needed on all sides of the house: under your flooring, in basement walls, and at the ceiling or roof. Wall and floor insulation is an effective way to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home. Wall and floor insulation are often forgotten but is an important insulation to install in your home.
Heat passes easily through a poorly insulated attic which can cause a drastic increase in your energy bills. Naturally, heated interior air rises, especially in chilly winter months, and is lost through numerous attic air leaks. To tackle these issues, SolvIt is the expert in the sealing of air leaks, followed by new or additional attic insulation. Types of attic insulation we offer include: cellulose, fiberglass, mineral wool, spray foam, and rigid foam.
Uninsulated duct work is located in your attic, basement or crawlspace. Your ductwork will have the same temperature as those spaces. This means your ductwork has to heat up before heating your home, making it work twice as hard. Duct insulation will improve your comfort and energy performance. SolvIt also specialize in duct sealing, as duct sealing and insulation go hand-in-hand.
Infrared camera spots inadequate insulation
The infrared camera image (on the left) illustrates a section of the attic that is missing a significant amount of insulation. This was taken in the winter so it shows where the cold attic air (in blue) is cooling the room because of the lack of insulation existing in this section of the attic. Coupled with the leaky window (seen around the window frame), this part of the room will always have a varying temperature depending upon the seasons. SolvIt utilizes infrared cameras prior to all of our insulation installations. Insulation performance is measured by R-value – it’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the value, the more insulating power it possesses. Varying R-values are recommended for walls, attics, basements, and crawl spaces depending upon the area of the country. SolvIt Home Services typically recommends from R-40 to R-60 in attics to maximize comfort and energy and utility bill savings.
Significant heat loss
Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. The image to the right was taken with an infrared camera in the winter. It is clear to see by the red and white areas of the roof that a massive amount of heat is rising into the attic from the living space. Essentially, the homeowner is paying the utility company to heat their attic. The goal is to have a cold attic in the winter – you want all the warm air to stay in your living space. In Connecticut winters, heat moves directly from all heated areas to unheated attics, garages, basements and even to the outdoors. During the summer, heat flows from outside to the interior of the house and radiates down from the attic where inadequate insulation is present. More important than the type of insulation you use is how it is installed. Ensure your insulation project is done correctly by calling the experts at SolvIt Home Services. We offer all our insulation services to our local service areas.