Over a 5 year span, attic insulation can settle as much as 20%, significantly reducing the insulation performance. A rule of thumb is if you can see the joists in your attic, you do not have adequate insulation. An attic that is not properly insulated can significantly increase you cooling and heating costs.
We can help?
- We have been insulating homes in the KC Metro area for over 40 years.
- Our prices are comparable to the Big Box Stores.
- We care about your home. Many companies will insulate without air sealing. Energy Star recommends both air sealing and insulating to improve the overall comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
- We can be in and out of your home in ONE day.
16" to 18" is an adequate amount of insulation to have in your home. Insulation performance is measured by R-value (its ability to resist heat flow). Higher R-values mean more insulating power. R-49 is the recommended level of insulation for homes located in the Midwest, that is equivalent to about 18 inches of insulation. Most homes in the Kansas City Area only have around 6 inches of insulation in their attic.
How do I know if I have enough insulation and
if my home is properly sealed?
You first want to take a look in your attic and measure how much insulation you have. Most homes, even newer homes, lack adequate insulation and have areas where air is constantly leaking out of their homes. If you live in a split level home, these are notorious for air leaks and inadequate insulation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most of the money that you spend to heat and cool your home is disappearing through cracks and holes in your ceiling, walls, and floor. This is why insulating and sealing your home is so important.
- 31% through floors, walls, and ceilings
- 15% through your duct work
- 13% through plumbing penetrations
- 11% through doors
- 10% through windows
Why air sealing is as important as insulation.
- Insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it. So it is very important to seal air leaks before installing insulation to ensure that you get the best performance and to make certain that your heating and cooling systems operate efficiently.