Insulation for Colorado Home
Colorado is a place which lies near the highest mountains in the continental divide. The climate here in the winter remains almost dry with some occasional wind blowing snow. Some days are extremely cold whereas some days are surprisingly warmer. The climate here is totally unexpected and highly changing day by day. The summers are bit warmer but the nights are comfortable.
In this type of climate your house must be properly insulated so that you feel comfortable throughout the year. Insulation is a very critical component to envelope your building tightly. It helps in improving the comfort and convenience of the house by reducing the heating of the house and preventing the loss of coolness.
The process of insulation or air sealing the house is the most important factor to be kept in mind by the house owners while taking measures for energy efficiency of the house.
Also if the insulation is to be carried out than insulation of entire house is to be done including the attic, walls, windows, doors as well as the ventilators. There are some standards fixed on the basis of the area where you are living for the insulation.
Generally the insulation is measured on the basis of its R-Value. The R-Value determines the amount of the resistance offered by that particular material. These R-Values are fixed for different areas of your house keeping in mind various factors.
In Colorado the R-Value for attic is fixed as R-40 whereas for walls it is kept as R-20. The doors of the garage can be insulated at R-17. After insulating walls and ceilings they are to be covered by extremely fire resistive type of Gypsum sheets.
In Colorado nearly 40% of heat loss is found in every house due to air leakages. In order to overcome this difficulty a CertaSpray Polyurethane foam must be applied to walls as well as the ceilings.
If this CertaSpray is mixed with Optima fiberglass fill than you will be totally assured that there will be no gaps or cavities left behind and your house will be perfectly insulated.
Doing so, the R-Value can also be optimized very easily.
Many other methods are also adopted for insulations. For wall insulation blankets are available in the form of batts or rolls. They are available in standard size to fit exactly within the wall studs or they can also be used to seal the attic as well as the joints in the floor.
These blankets are made up of mineral fibers including the fiberglass and the rock wool. Sometimes the measurement comes out to be non standard near windows or doors. In such case these blankets can be cut with scissors to the required size and must be fitted properly.
It is very easy to fix these batts. They can be fitted by the owner of house without the help of any professionals.
Thus they can even reduce the cost of installation. For fitting in the basement of the house fire resistive batts are also available as they are left exposed there and chances of fire are highly there.
Another kind of insulation which only professionals can fix is the blown in insulation.
This might cost you a bit more but will provide you the quality insulation for lifetime.
This insulation is to be applied with pneumatic equipments which are to be dealt with by some highly trained experts. This insulation helps to reach at the places where it is difficult to reach for rolled insulation.
In case of open cavities in new houses directly the cellulose and fiberglass insulation can be sprayed.