EASTLAKE, Ohio – Oct. 1, 2011 – Another winter will soon be upon us. That means higher heating bills for homeowners, especially those with homes not adequately prepared to withstand the onslaught of the snow, ice and bitter wind chill factors. To encourage homeowners to prepare, energy efficiency experts are offering their advice during Energy Awareness Month, which is October. The U.S. Department of Energy says one of the lowest cost options for improving the energy efficiency of a home is having adequate insulation.
Only 20 percent of the houses built before 1980 are considered well insulated. Many homes have no insulation at all, due to the fact that building codes didn’t require insulation prior to the mid-1970s.
“We’ve seen homeowners decrease their energy bills by as much as 30 to 50 percent by properly insulating the walls and attic,” said USA Insulation President Patrick Pitrone.
USA Insulation specializes in injecting foam insulation into the walls of existing homes, although they also install attic insulation and perform air sealing services.
“Many homeowners miss out on additional savings by not adequately insulating walls,” said Pitrone. “But before choosing a wall insulation, make sure it not only has a high R-value, but is also environmentally friendly, long lasting, fire resistant, fills the entire wall cavity and won’t settle.”
Insulation is rated in terms of thermal resistance, called R-value. This means the higher the R-value, the greater the resistance to heat flow — which means the higher the energy savings.
Pitrone says USA Insulation Premium Foam currently offers the highest R-value of any wall insulation currently on the market. According to the company it’s up to 45 percent higher R-value than fiberglass, cellulose or rockwool and contains no formaldehyde — a substance found in some wall insulation. To ensure consistency, the company requires chemists mix the insulation beforehand to avoid any variance in quality by installing mixing the product on-site.
According to Pitrone, homeowners experiencing higher-than-normal energy bills, comfort issues or inconsistent temperatures likely need additional insulation.
“The money saved in reduced energy costs often pays for the insulation within a few years. After that, the insulation continues to save money for the life of the home. It can also increases the resale value of a house,” he said.
PHOTO CAPTION: USA Premium Foam wall insulation offers the highest R-value of any wall insulation and fills every nook and cranny by traveling around electrical outlets, pipes and wires.