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How Blown-In Insulation Pays Off All Year Long

Monday, February 20th, 2017

green-home-efficiencyIf you’re considering a home energy upgrade, adding insulation to the walls, attic, or crawlspaces may be one of the best steps to take. Many people only associate insulation with staying warm. You may have an insulated thermos for your coffee or an insulated jacket for cold weather. But it’s actually something that helps to keep your home cooler in the summer as well.

All in all, insulation can help homeowners to stay comfortable and save big throughout the year. Learn more about blown-in insulation in the guide below and take the right steps toward better home efficiency by calling in an expert today.

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It’s Time for an AC Tune-Up!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

When is the last time someone with the right experience took a look at your air conditioner? Was it last year? Several years ago? When it was installed? Regular air conditioning services help to prevent issues within your AC system, so you can enjoy relaxing at home to get out of the heat, without worrying about making a call to your local technicians unexpectedly.

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A Guide to Insulating Your Home in the Summertime

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Your air conditioner is not the only factor involved in keeping your home cool.  As you know, you have to shut all the doors and windows if you expect your home to cool down quickly. And when it’s not too hot outside, keeping the blinds closed and shading the home from the sun may be enough to stay comfortable. Your air conditioner removes heat from the home, but it’s up to you to help the heat stay out. And one significant way you can block the heat is with the proper insulation.

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3 Ways to Upgrade Your HVAC System

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) may perform sufficiently, but are you really getting optimal performance and efficiency from your older AC unit? Could your indoor air quality stand to improve, or would you like to see your monthly bills lowered? Call an air conditioning specialist, and ask about making any of the following changes to your HVAC system.

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How to Make Your Older Air Conditioning System Run More Efficiently

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Most homeowners in our area are very familiar with the fact that summer bills can be quite high. Running an air conditioner is costly, as your air conditioning system has a lot of parts that require electricity to operate. And if you have an older air conditioning system, it can use up even more energy because the parts are often worn down and outdated. If you’re worried about the cost of monthly cooling this summer, check out some of our tips for improving the efficiency of your unit.

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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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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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