Here are some of the questions we commonly receive about blown in insulation:
Which is the best insulation for the environment?
That’s easy – cellulose.
Cellulose insulation is made from at least 80% recycled paper, primarily newsprint, giving it the highest recycled content of any insulation product. Cellulose insulation also has the lowest embodied energy score of any major insulation. It takes less energy to produce and transport cellulose insulation, which means fewer emissions are released in manufacturing it. Fiberglass uses approximately 10 times more energy than cellulose insulation to produce and transport, while foam products, derived from petroleum, use even more. In addition, neither of these products is recyclable.3
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Do I have to take out the insulation that is already there?
Not necessarily. Adding more insulation has a cumulative impact on the overall R-value. In attics, If the insulation is damaged or improperly installed, in the case of batt products, it might make sense to replace it completely with blown-in cellulose insulation.
You can also add cellulose insulation on top of the existing insulation, improving the overall quality and R-value.
In walls, it is possible for us to install additional insulation so it compresses the existing material, completely filling the wall cavity with performance enhancing cellulose insulation.
When you schedule your initial consultation, we will go over the options with you.
How much will I save by adding insulation to the walls and ceilings of my home?
Insulation saves money, increases home comfort, and protects the environment by reducing energy use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends close to $1,500 each year on energy bills. DOE statistics show that, typically, 44% of a homeowner’s utility bill goes for heating and cooling costs. DOE states that homeowners may be able to reduce their energy bills from 10% to 50% by taking certain steps. One of the major steps is increasing the amount of thermal insulation in their existing homes or purchasing additional insulation when buying new homes.
Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. The amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use. Energy conserved is money saved, and the annual savings increase when utility rates go up. Insulation upgrades also add to the value of your home.
What is the difference among fiberglass, rock and slag wool, cellulose, and foam insulations?
Fiberglass is made from molten sand or recycled glass and other inorganic materials under highly controlled conditions. Fiberglass is produced in batt, blanket, and loose-fill forms.
Rock and slag wool are manufactured similarly to fiberglass, but use natural rock and blast furnace slag as its raw material. Typical forms are loose-fill, blanket, or board types.
Cellulose is a loose-fill made from paper to which flame retardants are added.
Foam insulations are available as rigid boards or foamed-in-place materials that can fill and seal blocks or building cavity spaces. Foams are also used in air sealing to fill gaps, cracks, or openings.
Reflective materials are fabricated from aluminum foils with a variety of backings such as polyethylene bubbles and plastic film. Reflective insulations retard the transfer of heat; they can be tested by the same methods as mass insulation and therefore assigned an R-value.
A Radiant Barrier is a building construction material consisting of a low emittance (normally 0.1 or less) surface (usually aluminum foil) bounded by an open air space. Radiant barriers are used for the sole purpose of limiting heat transfer by radiation.
Can insulation help reduce unwanted sound?
Yes. Insulation is an efficient way to reduce unwanted sound, and it is commonly used to provide a more comfortable and quieter interior environment. Insulation effectively reduces noise transmission through floors and through interior and exterior walls. A professional insulation contractor can help you select the proper insulation for your needs.
When you schedule an appointment, a trained Energy Consultant will meet you at your home and inspect your home from the basement to the attic. We will discuss our recommendations and options. After the inspection, our consultant presents information and pricing. The typical visit will last between 1 to 2 hours.
American Insulation can insulate almost any type of home. Our trained and certified installers will insulate the walls of your home from the outside using a process which is much less invasive than our competition.
The idea behind our insulation process is to leave the home in the same relative condition we found it in. We clean inside and out of the home and haul away any debris. We will walk you through the process prior to payment being made.
Family Owned and Operated
American Insulation has been serving the Pittsburgh and Beaver County areas since 1999. We are a local and family owned company that takes pride in offering superior customer service with the latest in insulation contractor technology. Our experts our trained in insulation removal, existing construction insulation, insulation upgrades and retrofits.
With several choices of insulation companies in Pittsburgh, PA customers choose us because:
- We are trained experts in insulation with over 25 years experience.
- We are fully licensed and insured. We are locally owned and operated. We are locally owned and operated.
- Customer service is our top priority We keep our equipment updated and test it regularly
- We work clean and use ventilation to protect your home
What Can I Insulate?
American Insulation can insulate your home or business and we will make it more energy efficient while saving you money.
A brick exterior is no problem for our insulation team.
Wood Framed Walls
Our staff will drill small holes in the exterior and fill the wall cavity. We can lift existing siding so that there is no evidence at all, or if you have wood siding we can drill small holes and patch them.
Insulating your attic is one of the most important areas of your home to address. Lots of heat and air can escape through your attic if not properly insulated.