Insulation for Chicago Home
Insulation or ventilation is very important to your home. As your home is usually a big investment to you, it is necessary to have improvements in your house so that you can keep its value and also to ensure that it is in a good condition. Improper insulation or ventilation may cause the growth of mold, condensation, air leaks and thus it will reduce the usable life of the furnace, air conditioner or roof.
Because of improper insulation, air leaks or ventilation, homeowners lose hundreds of dollars on energy costs every year. Insulation work can help you if there is any temperature changes between floors, heats or cools slowly in certain rooms or the walls are cold to touch in the winter. Insulation can help you to save money, improve the comfort level at home and help you to build a more “Green” home.
The first place to invest should be on attic insulation. Although village, town and county codes vary widely, the Department of Energy’s Recommendation for Chicago is a minimum of R38 value and an optimum of R49 value.
After the attic insulation, the most important area of heat loss or gain is the wall of your home. Insulated walls can help you to enjoy a more comfortable home while achieving a lower heating and cooling bills. All Comfort Insulation can fill the walls of your home with insulation while you do not have to remove the drywall.
In homes which have 2 floors, there could be more than twice the area of walls as attic area. Besides, insulating your attic will not be very effective if your walls are not insulated at the same time.
Why remove insulation?
Most insulation is safe. New insulation can also be added on the top of the old one. However, insulation might need to be removed sometimes. The reasons might include mold remediation, water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, animal infestation and contamination and the preparation for remodeling so as to prevent blown insulation from tracking into the occupied areas.
Spray foam insulation
The most common kind of insulation used in Chicago is spray foam insulation. Uncontrolled air leakage is the biggest enemy of energy efficiency in a home and it is responsible for up to 40% of energy loss.
While fibrous batts provide minimal resistance to air infiltration and exfiltration, Spray Foam Insulation can fills cracks, crevices and penetrations in the building envelope completely. It can also create an airtight seal when it is properly applied. And because it can fill spaces so completely, Spray Foam Insulation also helps to make a quieter home by minimizing noises and vibrations that transmit through cracks and gaps in the building envelope. It also helps to block sounds from outside such as automobiles, wind, airplanes and any other forms of disturbances, so that you can have a quiet building. No matter where you are in Chicago, using Spray Foam Insulation will help the place where you live or work to become a much more peaceful place.
This high performance Spray Foam Insulation and climate isolator also helps you to build stronger structures. Due to its ability to completely adhere to the structure and form a solid bun between studs, the building becomes much more stiff and strong. The concept is similar to gluing every piece of the house or building frame together. It can even provide you up to a 150% improvement in the strength of your walls. Therefore, spray form insulation is very important to your home and it is for sure a good investment to have so as to keep your house a more long term asset of yours.