We Answer Your Questions About Insulation
We understand that homeowners may have many questions when it comes to insulation. Here are some answers to common questions we receive, to better explain common terms and processes. If you have additional insulation questions, please contact us.
1. What is R-Value?
The “R” in R-value stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the higher the level of resistance and the greater the insulating power. R-value requirements vary depending on climate and building type.
2. What R-Values are recommended for homes in this area?
The amount of insulation needed varies depending on location, building type and materials. Check out the current R-values for Illinois.
3. Are there any incentives available to insulate?
Yes! In 2020, the U.S. Federal Government is offering a tax credit of up to $500 (10% of the material cost) for homeowners who make certain energy efficiency upgrades in their home, like adding insulation. Visit ENERGY STAR to learn more or contact us with questions. Also check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s DSIRE database to see if you qualify for any additional rebate programs.
4. Can insulation help with noise control?
Airborne noises such as conversation, running appliances, electronic devices and household equipment carry and echo through walls, ceilings and floors. Good insulation has the ability to drastically reduce such atmospheric interference, leaving rooms much quieter.
According to Energystar.gov, insulating your home can reduce the noise from outside your house as well as make it harder for pollen, dust and insects into your home. It also allows for better humidity control and may lower the chance for ice dams on the roof/eves in snowy climates. In addition to keeping the noise levels low, this will also improve the overall comfort of your home.
5. What are the main types of insulation to choose from?
There are a few types of insulation materials to choose from, each having its own set of pros and cons. The insulation type you choose will depend on your needs.
- Batt & Roll
- Rigid Foam
- Spray Foam
- Spray Foam
6. Which insulation product is the best?
Every insulation job has its own unique set of requirements, and every homeowner has their own budget guidelines. To make an informed decision, it’s important to talk to a knowledgeable insulation expert so you can learn exactly what options are best for you. Call us at (217) 863.2120 a free, no-obligation consultation.
7. What is air sealing?
Air sealing means sealing the cracks, crevices, and other areas in your home that may be leaking air. Typically, these areas are filled with caulk or foam products.
8. Why should I air seal?
Air sealing your home will have many advantages, such as reducing your energy costs. If heated or cooled air is not able to leak out of your home by way of cracks and crevices, then it will remain in the home where it will continue to keep your home comfortable without the need for turning up the heat or air conditioning. Air sealing will also improve indoor air quality by not letting pollutants in through those same cracks and crevices. The overall comfort of your home will vastly improve.
9. Doesn’t every home need some type of air infiltration?
Fresh air is definitely needed in any home. This is useful for getting rid of excess moisture and reducing odors and stuffiness. If the air being exchanged is controlled, the home is well ventilated. Every home needs a certain amount of ventilation. The danger lies in the air exchange is uncontrolled. Uncontrolled air exchange is called air infiltration.
10. How is insulation considered a “green” product?
All insulation has some “green” characteristics since insulation keeps conditioned air within a structure and reduces energy usage to a certain degree. In terms of insulation materials, there are two main factors to consider when thinking about the green qualities. First, does the material promote energy conservation and/or sustainability? Second, is the insulating material made from renewable or recycled product? We can help you learn more about the product lines we carry.
11. What benefits are there to insulating my crawl space?
Insulating your crawl space will prevent cold temperatures from traveling up the floor beams, which makes your floor above the crawl space more comfortable. Crawl space insulation also helps control moisture issues.