Fiberglass Insulation: What You Need To Know

Fiberglass Insulation – this type of insulation can take on two different forms, Batts/Rolls & Loose-fill insulation. Fiberglass insulation is composed of tiny particles of glass fibers. Glass is melted and spun within a centrifuge to create multiple intertwined glass fibers that make up the insulation. Because this type of insulation is made of glass, it is appropriate to use the proper safety protection to protect your hands, skin and lungs. Batts & rolls can be used in walls, under floors and other various locations throughout the structure. A benefit of batts & rolls is that the insulation rarely settles leaving the R-value intact over the lifespan of the product.

Loose-fill fiberglass insulation is used to fill enclosed cavities in homes & office buildings. This type of fiberglass insulation requires the use of a blowing machine specifically designed for spreading insulation into a cavity or space. Professionals normally install loose-fill insulation to insure proper density is achieved and installment is done properly.

A variation of loose-fill insulation is the Blown-In-Blanket. Blown-In-Blanket insulation is used in wall cavities to create a custom fit insulation solution. Covered non woven fabrics are used to help hold and create cavities for the insulation to be sprayed into. The result is a superior fitted insulation product for your home or office.

A benefit of all fiberglass insulation is that it is made of recycled materials. Usually it is made up of 20-30% recycled glass material, thus making it one of the greenest forms of insulation you can purchase. Finding the right supplier for fiberglass insulation can be a challenge if you’re a contractor. Many contractors get their insulation products from an Insulation Supplier but if you’re a do-it-yourself home-owner you can venture to your local home improvement store for quick and easy jobs.

 

Service Partners is the largest distributor of fiberglass insulation in North America.


Insulating An Existing Home

Many older homes are not adequately insulated which results in a lower energy efficiency and higher energy bill$. To improve house-hold energy efficiency for your customers start by checking the insulation in the home. You’ll first want to check places bordering unheated spaces such as a garage. The structural elements are usually exposed in these areas, which makes it easy to see what type of insulation you have and to measure its depth or thickness (inches).

Inspect the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:

  1. Turn off the power to the outlet.
  2. Remove the outlet cover and shine a flashlight into the crack around the outlet box. You should be able to see if there is insulation in the wall and possibly how thick it is.
  3. Pull out a small amount of insulation if needed to help determine the type of insulation.
  4. Check outlets on the first and upper floors, if any, and in old and new parts of a house. Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it is everywhere in the house.

Inspect and measure the thickness (inches) of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings & walls, or above crawl spaces. If the crawl space isn’t ventilated, it may have insulation in the perimeter wall. If the house is relatively new, it may have been built with insulation outside the basement or foundation walls. If so, the insulation in these spaces won’t be visible. The builder or the original homeowner might be able to tell you if exterior insulation was used.

Once you’ve determined the type of insulation your customers’ have in these areas and its thickness (inches), you can now determine that R-value of the insulation in the home and properly assess if additional insulation needs to be installed to help with energy efficiently.


Google Places

Google

Many contractors today don’t have a website but that doesn’t mean that their business can’t be found on the World Wide Web. There are a variety of business submission websites out there that can help promote your business for FREE. One of the biggest and most effective ways to promote your business is to submit it to Google Local. You don’t have to have a website to submit your business to Google. This will allow your business location, address & phone number to show up on Google when users are looking for your products or services.

 

If you have a website, be sure to add the url to the Google Local listing as well. Also, there will be a place specifically for you to list your products or services such as insulation installer, home remodeling, home building & repair, etc.

 

Google will share this information with other websites across the internet allowing your marketing reach to expand far beyond Google. If your organization is not already on Google Places sign up today and increase your company’s visibility online.


Home Improvements: It Pays To Go Green

Public awareness of environmental concerns is at an all-time high. People are participating in recycling programs, buying hybrid cars, building green homes and looking for ways to go green in every aspect of their lives. You can help homeowners who want to do their part too, but who are often discouraged by the high cost of going green.

Think Small

Going green isn’t an all or nothing effort. By helping homeowners make small steps over time, you can move their house in a greener direction without breaking their budget. A half-dozen things that can be done right now are listed below.

Light Bulbs

Replacing existing light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs is a simple and easy way to kick off their effort at going green. While buying the bulb will cost you a lot more money up front, we’re still talking a cash outlay of less than $5, and the long-term savings are worth the expense. Using a 15-watt compact fluorescent instead of a standard 60-watt light bulb can save you about $30 over a bulb’s lifetime.

It will also put them ahead of the curve, as the process of phasing out the use of incandescent lights has begun.

Insulation

Reducing the amount of energy that a house uses is a great way to go green. Insulation, weather stripping and caulking can help homeowners reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool their home, and reduce their monthly bills. Local governments often provide low- or no-cost programs that can help insulate a home.

Water

If a new shower head, faucet or toilet is needed, a low-flow model can help you advance efforts to go green.

Windows

Much of the heat loss that occurs from a home literally goes right out the window. When it’s time to replace old windows, energy efficient windows are the logical choice.

Original article – Financial Edge


Energy Codes | Insulation Distributors Blog

Contractors on a regular basis have to be informed & up to date on Energy Codes not only to be in compliance but also to help homeowners receive financial incentives for energy conservation. Energy Codes were brought to a national level overseen by the Department of Energy after the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Today, Energy Codes are being upheld by the Department of Energy by delegating compliance by each state. Each state has its own energy code status set forth by the Department of Energy & can sometimes be difficult for contractors to find the necessary information to meet requirements.

You can find all the necessary information on Building Energy Codes at the Department of Energy’s website here. The Energy Codes program details all the state energy codes & allows contractors access to other valuable information. These resources, such as the RESCheck & ComCheck tools, allow contractors to search & find specific energy codes in their area.

Energy Codes can become a headache for contractors & homeowners but using the tools made available by the Department of Energy, Energy Code compliance can be made easy.


Insulating an Unventilated Crawl Space

If you have or will have an unventilated crawl space, then your best approach is to seal and insulate the foundation walls rather than the sub floor. The advantages of insulating the crawl space are as follows:

• You can avoid the problems associated with ventilating a crawl space.

• Less insulation is required (around 400 square feet for a 1,000-square-foot crawl space with 3-foot walls.)

• Piping and ductwork are within the conditioned volume of the house so they don’t require insulation for energy efficiency or protection against freezing.

Air sealing between the house and the crawl space is less critical.

 

Steps for Installing Crawl Space Wall Insulation

 

1. Review plans for this method of foundation insulation with pest control and local building officials to ensure code compliance.

2. Eliminate or seal the foundation vents.

3. Ensure that combustion furnaces and water heaters located in the crawl space are sealed-combustion units equipped with a powered combustion system.

4. Seal all air leaks through the exterior wall during and after construction, including the band joist.

5. Locate the crawl space access inside the home or install an access through the perimeter that will remain airtight after repeated use.

6. Install rigid foam board or batt insulation—exterior foam, interior foam, or interior batt—to achieve complete insulation coverage. Insulate the band joist with batt insulation, as well as the crawl space access if it’s located in the wall.

7. Install a continuous termite shield between the band joist and masonry foundation wall that covers the wall insulation and extends completely outside (or leave a 2- to 4-inch insulation gap at the top for termite inspection).

8. Install a supply outlet in the crawl space, relying on the leakiness of the floor to provide the return air path.

Information provided by Department of Energy.