Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for the ‘Insulation’ Category

What Is Spray Foam and How Does It Work?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Insulation for homes used to come in one form: the pink or yellow puffy stuff, otherwise known as fiberglass insulation. While this type of insulation is still one of the most commonly used, there are other, newer types of insulation available that can maximize your home’s energy efficiency along with the fiberglass kind. Spray foam is one of the newer types of insulation, and it is quickly gaining in popularity. Spray foam is very different from fiberglass or blown-in insulation, and as such, it behaves and works very differently as well. Because of this, it’s important to hire a trained expert for spray foam installation services in Atlanta, like the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

What Is Spray Foam?

Spray foam is an adhesive that forms an instant, air-tight, permanent seal to whatever it comes into contact with. Made from polyurethane, spray foam will expand up to 100 times as soon as it hits the air, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to use a professional. There are 3 types of spray foam:

  • Low density – used to fill interior cavities and in attic spaces
  • Medium density – spray foam here is used for continuous coverage indoors and the same areas as low density
  • High density – used for exteriors and roofs

Your insulation expert will know which type to use and how to apply it correctly.

Benefits of Spray Foam

  • Increased energy efficiency – the ability of spray foam to create an air-tight, permanent seal and also insulate hard-to-reach places makes this type of insulation a tremendous tool in helping to increase your home’s overall energy efficiency.
  • Increased comfort – spray foam can help rid your home of drafts, making it feel more comfortable.
  • Creates a solid moisture barrier – moisture can do a great deal of damage to your home; the air-tight seal created by spray foam blocks moisture from coming inside.
  • Doesn’t settle or shrink – once spray foam adheres to your building, it stays put and doesn’t alter as loose-fill and batt insulation can.

Have questions about how spray foam can help your home?

Call the insulation specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for spray foam installation services for your Atlanta home!

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How Do I Know Which Type of Insulation Is the Best Choice?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Winter is the time of year when we think about insulation, but the truth is that insulation is important for year-round comfort and energy efficiency. New insulation products have given homeowners a range of choices when it comes to installing home insulation, and the great thing is that as a homeowner, you aren’t limited to choosing a single kind, but can actually use different types of insulation to maximize energy savings for your home. The best way to determine which type or types of insulation will work best for your home is to hire trained insulation specialists to assess your home’s insulation needs and professionally install the best insulation types that will work for you. Whether you have a new home in need of insulation or need to reinstall insulation into an existing home, the experts at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., can help you, so call us today!

Types of Insulation

Here are the 4 main types of home insulation:

  • Batt/roll insulation – when people think of insulation, batt insulation is usually the kind that springs to mind. This kind of insulation is the pink or yellow roll type that is typically made of fiberglass. Roll insulation is typically used in walls and ceilings, and comes in a variety of widths that match standard stud-spacing. Roll insulation can be cut; it can also be produced with foil on one side to create a vapor barrier.
  • Spray foam – spray foam has become very popular because it can conform to any kind of space and forms an air-tight seal with whatever it comes into contact with. Spray foam is an adhesive that expands exponentially as soon as it meets the air, so it’s important to use a trained expert for proper installation.
  • Rigid board/foam board – as its name indicates, rigid board insulation is insulation in a board style. Boards can be cut to fit different spaces, so it can be used from top to bottom.
  • Loose-fill/blown-in – loose-fill can be used as new installation, but it is particularly useful for retro-fitting older homes with better insulation; this is because the recycled materials can be blown into homes with a hose from a small cavity made in an outside wall.

As you can see, there are some great choices with which you can insulate your home. If you are need of home insulation in Atlanta, contact the people you can count on for professional installation: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.!

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Types of Insulation Services Your Home May Need

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Good insulation in your home is key for keeping both your heating and cooling energy efficient. When your home lacks insulation, you’ll not only feel it with a lack of comfort, but you’ll see it in the form of high energy bills. Thanks to advances in the industry, there are several different types of insulation available for your home, but not all will be a perfect fit for your needs. Today we’re going to discuss the two types of insulation Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., carries, with a particular focus on blown-in insulation in Duluth.

Two Types of Insulation: Spray Foam and Blown-In

Two types of insulation in which we specialize are spray foam and blown-in. Both offer great benefits, but blown-in insulation is better for retrofitting.

Spray foam insulation has become very popular, and with good reason. Spray foam is insulation, but it is also an adhesive, so once it attaches to something, the bond is permanent.  It is extremely efficient, has good R-values and can reach cracks, crevices and nooks that are hard to insulate with larger, less flexible options. However, spray foam expands considerably when it hits oxygen – typically up to 100 times its size – so not only does it take care and knowledge to work with, it can be a little more difficult to use in a retro-fit situation.

Blown-in insulation, also known as loose-fill, is a mixture of small particles. These particles are typically made of fiber, fiberglass, foam, cellulose and mineral wool. All these materials are created from recycled waste, making blown-in insulation a very green option. Blown-in insulation is injected into the pre-existing walls of your home with a specialized hose via small holes that have been drilled between studs. Once the insulation of one wall is complete, the technician will move on to the next wall. Holes are re-covered with the original drilled-out circle reinstated as part of the wall; some wood glue and paint restore the wall back to normal.

Blown-in insulation can fill in crevices and nooks that aren’t reachable or easily insulated, but will not cover quite as tightly as foam insulation.

Good Insulation = Comfort and Efficiency

Insulation helps stop the transfer of heat, which is important year-round. Is your insulation keeping you cool in summer and warm in the winter? If not, it may be time to consider blown-in insulation in Duluth.

Have questions? Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today, and schedule an appointment with one of our insulation installation experts.

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Insulation Question: What Is R-Value?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

During a warm summer day, would you rather stand outside waving a hand fan or wearing a thick wool coat? Of course you’d pick the fan; who would put on a thick coat during the summer? But your home does need a thick coat for summer weather: insulation. The fiberglass bats, spray foam, and blown-in insulation in the walls and ceilings serves as a barrier to keep out heat during the summer, much the way that they keep heat trapped inside during winter.

However, not all insulation is made equal. To determine how well a piece of insulation prevents the movement of heat, you look at the insulations “R-Value.” We’ll explain what R-Value means so you’ll have a better idea how to pick the right insulation to make your home more energy-efficient.

You will need the help of professional insulators to get the best job done. Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. when you are looking for insulation in Marietta, GA.

The basics of R-value

R-value measures how much resistance to the movement of heat through conduction a material offers. It depends on the type of insulation, its thickness, and its density.

R-value is determined in a laboratory through the following equation: temperature difference X area X length of exposure divided by heat loss. The resulting numbers range, but for most insulation, R-19 is common.

The higher the R-value, the more the material slows down heat movement. However, higher R-value doesn’t necessarily mean better insulation, since there are more factors involved in determining insulation quality: R-value only measures the movement of heat through conduction (contact) and not through convection or radiation.

Because other factors are involved in the quality of insulation that goes beyond R-Value, you need to have experts help you with selection and installation. The highest R-value blown-in insulation won’t provide you much heat protection at all if the installer put it in shoddily, leaving behind large air gaps where heat can simply escape around the material. Compressing a material unnecessarily will reduce its R-value. Also, the wrong type of insulation put into parts of a house will have scant insulating power no matter how high the R-value. Don’t let the consumer obsession with R-value trick you into simply buying the highest rated insulation you can find and try to put it in yourself.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for the work with insulation that will balance out R-value with other important factors, and then combine them with superb installation services. We offer new insulation service as well as replacement for your old insulation in Marietta, GA that will ensure you get the most value from your home’s insulation for a cooler summer and warmer winter.

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Insulation FAQ: What Is Blown-In Insulation?

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Insulating your home makes for more comfortable winters and summers and increases efficiency for your HVAC system. An effective heat barrier from insulation means that the warm air from your heater won’t escape during the chilly weather, and the excess heat from the summer won’t seep inside to strain your air conditioner.

Insulation comes in different types. One of the most common, and one that we install at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., is called blown-in insulation. We’ll explain what it is and how it can benefit your home’s insulation in Atlanta, GA. Call us if you have other questions or if your wish to bolster your home’s insulation for the summer.

Blown-in insulation

When people think of insulation, they usually have in mind fiberglass batts, the sort of insulation that is layered in large rolls in open spaces like an attic. These batts are effective at stopping the movement of heat, but they are not effective in all spaces, especially between pre-existing walls where installing them requires extensive disruption of construction material.

Blown-in insulation is made of cellulose—principally recycled newsprint and corrugated cardboard—and is sprayed into a space, which makes it easier to adapt to oddly-shape regions where batt insulation is impractical. Blown-in insulation is ideal for insulating walls, since it only requires technicians to bore a small hole to reach into the space between the walls and blow the insulation inside.

The cellulose material in blown-in insulation is treated with a fire-retardant (usually borate) that increases the safety of your home. Because blown-in insulation is made from recycled material, it is environmentally friendly.

Blown-in insulation requires a professional to handle; it isn’t just a device you can buy, aim, and hope for the best. Professional insulation installers can help you find the places that need additional insulation, locate all the odd spots and cracks where heat is escaping/entering, and strategically drill holes through drywall to add the insulation between the walls.

Full insulation services for your home

At Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. we have more than 100 combined years of experience with insulation. Call us today to schedule an appointment to see how we can better insulate your home for comfort and energy savings. Whether it’s blown-in insulation or some other form, we’ll strive to give you the best insulation in Atlanta, GA possible.

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Why the Most Efficient Insulation May Be the Wrong Choice

Monday, December 16th, 2013

It’s an axiom that too much of anything, even something positive, is bad. Although it might at first seem counter-intuitive, having the most efficient insulation installed in your all walls can the wrong choice.

Insulation acts as a thermal barrier, reducing the conductive power of heat that tries to flow through it. This helps during the summer, keeping the outdoor heat from entering your home, and during the winter, keeping the heat from your HVAC systems trapped inside as much as possible. So why wouldn’t you want the most efficient insulation possible lining your walls and ceilings?

There are a few reasons for this that we’ll explore. For help with your heating, air conditioning, and insulation in Atlanta, GA, look to the company that has served the greater Atlanta area with quality home comfort services since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts.

About insulation efficiency

The effectiveness of insulation is measured as R-value. The higher the R-value, the higher the insulation’s resistance to heat flow. However, you don’t want to have the same R-value insulation installed every place in your home. The attic and rooms with cathedral ceilings will benefit the most from the high R-value insulation, but rooms with thicker walls won’t need as much.

High R-value insulation costs more, so make sure that you aren’t using it in places where it isn’t necessary. For example, for the climate in Georgia you should have insulation with a R-value between 30 and 60 for your attic. For your floors, however, you should have an R-value of around 12 to 15. But this is not just an issue of cost; there are some places in your home where you want a freer flow of heat so that your heating system can more easily distribute warmth. If your house is completely sealed throughout its walls, floors, and ceiling, it will make your heater work too hard.

Have professionals assist you

You don’t want to skimp on insulating your house, but you also don’t want to waste money on expensive insulation that won’t work well for you. Your best option is to contact Atlanta, GA, insulation professionals to assist you in finding the idea way to seal your house against heat. A home energy audit that examines your heating system, current insulation, windows, doors, and other places in your house will help with the decision.

Air Conditioning Experts offers quality insulation installation, and we can help you make the right choice for your home. Contact us today.

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What are the Benefits of Great Insulation in Atlanta

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Do you need good insulation in your home? After all, aren’t our winters mild and tolerable here in the South? And isn’t insulation only effective in areas with a lot of cold and snow? It’s true that the need for insulation is far more urgent in cities further north. But great insulation doesn’t just mean keeping you warm. It means making your home as energy efficient as it can be, which is as much of a concern during our hot, humid summers as it is during our mild and sunny winters.

Insulation primarily acts as a buffer between your home and the temperatures outside. When you turn on the air conditioner in the summer, it prevents the heat from the outside from warming up your cooled air. In the winter, it does the same thing for your heat, acting as a self-contained box that keeps the warm temperatures in and the cool temperatures out. That can increase your energy efficiency by as much as 50% according to the U.S. Department of Energy: meaning that you don’t need to expend as much power to heat or cool your home and delivering a sharp reduction in your monthly energy bills as a result.

All of that comes on top of the most obvious benefit of all: a home that is easier to heat and cool, increasing your comfort levels accordingly. A well-insulated house just feels cozier than one without insulation, and it saves you money in the process.

If you’ve seen what the benefits of great insulation in Atlanta are, contact Air Conditioning Experts to discuss installation and upkeep options. We have the skills and experience to do the job right, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction at all stages. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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Insulation Tip 1: Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Spray foam insulation is an excellent way to make your home more energy efficient. Spray foam both insulates and seals your home, so call the insulation professionals at Air Conditioning Experts if you would like to know more about adding spray foam to your home.

Here are some of the benefits of spray foam insulation:

Spray foam can easily fill all cracks where you are losing air so that you get a proper seal. This product also offers complete insulation in areas that are hard to reach, which can improve overall home performance. You can save a lot on heating and air conditioning costs by adding insulation and sealing off all air leaks. Spray foam insulation comes in different R-values, so call an HVAC contractor who is knowledgeable about the different varieties.

Spray foam insulation will also stick to a variety of construction materials so that you can install it pretty much anywhere in your home.  Proper insulation and air sealing can also improve indoor air quality in addition to creating energy savings and more home comfort. Most people forget that adding more insulation is also a noise reducer, so you get a quieter, more efficient, and more comfortable home.

Spray foam should only be installed by a certified insulation contractor who has experience with this type of insulation and will install it properly and according to local codes. Feel free to call the Atlanta insulation installers at Air Conditioning Experts to answer your questions you may have about spray foam insulation.

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