During the summer months, nearly 93% of the heat-gain in your home comes from radiant heat. As you can imagine, attic insulation in Northern Virginia is the number one most important thing you can upgrade on your home to improve energy-efficiency, because the more layers you have, or the thicker the insulation in your attic, the longer it takes for heat to move through.
Blown-in insulation means it is fed into a pneumatic blowing machine, and blown under high pressure through a long, flexible hose into attics and walls. It comes in three main materials: cellulose, fiberglass, and rockwool.
Most blown-in materials will maintain their R-values (thickness level of the attic insulation) for the life of the home, however, some types of materials can settle over the years, losing some of their thermal efficiency. This is one reason why cellulose is most preferred by homeowners. Its coverage is “complete,” leaving no nook or cranny exposed for cold to escape.
Besides the major benefit of complete, uniform coverage, in even hard-to-reach places… blown-in insulation in Northern Virginia offers several other advantages. Materials can be installed in a variety of densities and thicknesses to achieve any desired R-value, for example. Briefly mentioned, the R-value is the measure of an insulation material’s resistance to heat-flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
On an environmental note: For every BTU of energy produced, harmful gases like Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide, and Sulfur Oxide are released into the air, creating pollution. However, a well-insulated home reduces the amount of energy required to maintain comfortable climate. This reduction of energy consumption equals a reduction in the amount of fossil fuel the power plants need to produce energy. This ultimately results in an overall reduction of polluting gases emitted throughout our communities.
A radiant barrier is typically materials consisting of a thin sheet or coating of another highly reflective material. This barrier reflects up to 97% of the “radiant” energy coming from the sun.
You see, radiant energy is generated by the sun, but doesn’t actually create heat until strikes an object. With radiant barriers installed to the underside of your roof deck, this heat doesn’t conduct through your roof, radiate to your insulation, and, ultimately, into your home.
For more information on attic insulation for Ashburn VA, Loudoun County, and Northern Virginia, please call Elements Home Remodeling at (703) 828-7414 for a FREE estimate.
If your home is more than 10 years old, you can almost bet it doesn’t have today’s recommended levels of insulation. In fact, it was estimated in 2012 that around half of homes in the U.S. didn’t. How about your home? It’s not hard to check the R-Value of your attic, and we’ll be happy to help.
Elements Home Remodeling is your best choice for quality work and professional installation. Call us today at (703) 828-7414 to schedule a FREE in-home discussion and estimate on your next home improvement project.