Insulation

Improve Your Home’s Performance for Year-Round Comfort & Increased Energy Savings

Wintertime in Iowa can be brutally cold, and the summertime often brings extremely hot temperatures. Whether you’re heating your home in the winter or cooling it in the summer, you want to make sure you’re controlling the temperature in your home and air is not escaping through your attic. When attic temperatures become significantly higher than the temperatures throughout the rest of your home, your heating and cooling systems work overtime, causing you to pay more than you should on your energy bill every month. At Service Legends, we have what you need to enjoy high-quality comfort no matter the time of year.

Interested in finding out more about your home’s performance? Schedule your free whole-home insulation evaluation today.

Your evaluation includes:

  • Thermal imaging inspection of the home, including attic access, basement and/or crawlspace areas, windows, doors, and ductwork.
  • Insulation evaluation in attic, rim joists, and walls.
  • Energy usage review, if available review trends of previous energy usage in the home.
  • Identify potential hazards or concerns that may exist currently or become an issue in the future.
  • Review recommendations and provide options based on the results of the evaluation.
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Attic Insulation Problems?

We Can Spot Potential Problems With Your Insulation

When you want to keep your energy bills low and your energy efficiency high during the summer, it’s a good idea to inspect every nook and cranny in your home where hot air may be getting in. This may involve:

+ Sealing any cracks in your windows and doors.
+ Considering a smart thermostat installation.

But it’s also possible that the main culprit is the very roof over your head. Many older homes in central Iowa have old, crumbling insulation—particularly in the attic. It’s an issue that’s easy to overlook until you start suspecting other problems, such as a rodent infestation or mold issues, and start checking around the house for evidence. Rather than waiting for something else to call your attention to the attic, it’s a good idea to make inspecting the insulation part of your regular home maintenance routine.

Look for signs of wear and tear like uneven levels of insulation, dead bugs or rodent droppings, cracked drywall or discolored paint on the ceiling and moisture spots in your attic insulation. All of these types of wear and tear can cause your air conditioning system to work overtime since the insulation isn’t properly absorbing heat. Replacing this old attic insulation is a great way to improve the air quality in your home and make you and your family more comfortable. In addition to better air quality, optimizing your attic’s environment ultimately leads to greater energy efficiency—not to mention savings on your energy bill.

Our insulation professionals at Service Legends can help you improve your home’s air quality and comfort all year-round for you and your family. Our rigorous diagnostic and repair process starts off with:

+ Evaluation to assess how effectively heat moves around your home, from roof to floor.
+ We examine your windows and walls for any cracks where air could escape or enter your home.
+ Conduct an analysis of your attic insulation for its depth and R-value.
+ All throughout the inspection, we take plenty of notes and pictures regarding your attic’s passive and attic ventilation systems.
+ Finally, we put together a list of options that could help you save 20% or more on your annual heating and cooling bill.

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Air Circulation 101

Save Money & Provide Comfort All Year Round

Proper attic insulation and attic ventilation work together with your home’s HVAC system to both save money and provide comfort all year round. To understand how these systems work together, it’s important to understand the three different ways that heat moves around your home: radiation, conduction, and convection.

+ Radiation is the heat from electromagnetic waves or moving particles, such as sunlight, fire, and even hot surfaces.
+ Conduction is the transfer of heat when two substances make contact.
+ Convection is the transfer of heat via air circulation.

down heat-flow

Understanding how air circulates through your home can help you pinpoint possible problem areas. For example, if you notice that your attic or upper floors tend to hold heat more than the ground level, that may be the first sign of air circulation issues.

Down Heat Flow During Warm Seasons

Whenever it’s warm outside, heat from the sun strikes your home and penetrates by conduction through your roof, walls, and windows. The heat conducted from your roof moves on to radiate around your attic, then moves through the attic’s floor, spreading out from your ceiling and into your home. This process is referred to as down heat flow.

Up Heat Flow During Cold Seasons

Up-head flow

Whenever it’s cold outside, the challenge flips and you have to keep the heat snugly inside your home. When you switch on your heater during a cold day, that heat rises due to convection, eventually conducting through your ceiling and into your attic. This process is referred to as up heat flow.

Attic insulation is what helps protect your home from allowing heat to come in during the summer and escape during the winter. Your attic is central to making sure your home’s air circulates properly and at a comfortable temperature. Improving the quality of your attic insulation sets your home up for success while increasing both comfort and savings. Not a bad combination, right?

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Time to Replace Your Insulation?

Each situation is unique - We can Help!

Depending on what we find during our evaluation, our insulation technicians may recommend either adding insulation on top of the insulation you already have or replacing your insulation completely.

Typically, the R-value of attic insulation decreases when it’s exposed to moisture, extreme temperatures or even old age. Insulation begins to flatten, destroying the air pockets responsible for trapping hot air. It’s okay to add new insulation on top of old, flattened insulation, but if we find signs of contamination such as mold, mildew, or rodent droppings, then we highly recommend removing the old insulation and addressing those problems first.

For optimum savings on your heating and cooling bills, we recommend an insulation system designed to reach the minimum code requirements in the area that you live in. This is different by location due to different climate regions. Typically in Iowa, we recommend a combined insulation value of R-60. Depending on the type of insulation this can be up to 26 inches of insulation. There are many options when it comes to insulation because not all attics will allow 26 inches of insulation. If you would like to know what your options are, schedule an appointment with our home performance team and request a free insulation evaluation.

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Cool & Heat Your Home, Not Your Attic

You may be surprised by the difference

When you turn on your air conditioner or heater, you typically want that conditioned air to move around your home and not into your attic. The best way to separate your attic’s air environment from the rest of your home is by having your attic’s floor insulated. Adding insulation to your attic’s floor and in-between ceiling/floor joists in your attic is the best way to prevent heat from conducting between your attic and the rest of your home.

We provide the best spray foam insulation because it contributes to the whole-home philosophy we up-hold at Service Legends:

+ It’s formaldehyde-free.
+ It’s thermally efficient, providing an effective resistance to heat transfer.
+ Will not settle or lose effectiveness.
+ It provides sound insulation and absorption.
+ It’s fire-resistant and non-combustible.
+ It’s non-corrosive.
+ It cannot rot, mildew, or otherwise deteriorate.
+ And it provides complete coverage, even in tight spaces.

When is it Time for an Attic Insulation Replacement?

Depending on what we find during our energy audit, we may recommend either adding insulation on top of your old insulation or replacing your insulation completely. Typically, the R-value of attic-insulation decreases when it is exposed to moisture because moisture flattens insulation, destroying the air pockets responsible for trapping hot air. It’s okay to add insulation on top of old, flattened insulation, but if we find rat-droppings or other signs of contamination such as mold or mildew, then we highly recommend removing the old insulation and addressing those problems before adding new insulation.

For optimum savings on your heating and cooling bills, we recommend an insulation system designed to reach the minimum code requirements in the area that you live in. This is different by location due to different climate regions. Typically in Iowa, we recommend a combined insulation value of R-60. Depending on the type of insulation this can be up to 26 inches of insulation. There are many options when it comes to insulation because not all attics will allow 26 inches of insulation. If you would like to know what your options are, schedule an appointment with our home performance team and request a free insulation evaluation.

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Seal Your Attic From the Inside Out

You'll Be Glad You did

Attic doors – also referred to as scuttle holes – are usually the area where most air leaks between your attic and the rest of your home. Our insulation team creates an airtight barrier around your attic door that fits around most standard folding attic stairs. The airtight barrier is made from a durable, lightweight insulation material that should last for the lifetime of your home. Along with providing enough energy savings, it can also improve the Indoor Air Quality of your home.

+ Tested to significantly reduce air loss/transfer.
+ Zipper allows for easy access while keeping out insulation and dust particles.
+ As effective as double-paned windows.
+ Increases indoor air quality.

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