Selecting the Right Insulation Contractor for Your Home Project

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When you need to find the best contractor for your home insulation job, it is difficult to know where to start. You want to find a reputable company who will be available for any post-project follow-up if any issues arise. You also want to trust them to arrive at the scheduled time and to do the job correctly in a timely manner.

You don’t want to hire the insulation contractor who shows up first on a Google search. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  • Insulation experience. Make sure your contractor has experience in residential insulation. Ask for work history and references; contact the references.
  • Professional installation. The first step should be an expert in-home consultation that includes a comprehensive inspection of your home and proposal for improvement.
  • License and insurance. A reputable insulation contractor will carry the right license and insurance to do work on your home. If you have any doubt, ask!
  • Customer focused. The right contractor will return you calls promptly, answer all your questions to your satisfaction and thoroughly explain your project estimate.
  • Building science. A knowledgeable insulation contractor will have a broad understanding of building science including: energy performance, air sealing, mechanical ventilation and indoor air quality.
  • Industry standards. The contractor you select should comply with industry standards for working with insulation materials including proper disposal of old insulation and proper handling of factors such as mold and asbestos.

EcoLogical Insulation in Auburn, Alabama has extensive insulation experience, is current on new insulation technologies, is properly licensed and insured, and provides excellent customer service. If you are ready to schedule a free estimate for your home insulation project, contact our office today.

Why Spray Foam?

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If you’re not familiar with the benefits of spray foam insulation, we’re here to help! Like other insulation products such as fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation, spray foam insulation reduces heat transfer between spaces in a home. Spray foam insulation goes a step further by sealing air leaks in one step to prevent conditioned air from escaping.

Why does this matter?

Air leaks exist around the building envelope – the outermost layer of the home (exterior walls, rooflines, etc.). Air can leak through penetration points that are found around recessed lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches/doors, chimneys and more. When air leaks are sealed, conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays inside your home. This results in your HVAC system working less and more money in your pocket.

When installing spray foam insulation, the building cavity is insulated and air sealed in one pass. This means one installation provides the thermal barrier and seals penetration points. Air sealing can be performed in combination with other types of insulation but requires additional labor on the project. If not applied precisely, this air sealing may not have the desired effect. With one spray foam application, you are assured that air leaks are completely sealed.

Have other questions about spray foam? Contact our office today!

The Value of Having an Energy Audit

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A home energy audit (also called a home energy assessment) provides you with a comprehensive picture of your home’s energy use. It supplies valuable information such as how much energy your home is using, where you are losing energy and what areas can be corrected to make your home more energy efficient.

An energy audit and testing evaluates the unique factors of a building that impact energy use. This process gathers building data that is then evaluated by custom software to provide a list of improvements uniquely for your home.

Energy audits and testing is used for new home construction and existing homes. An audit can assist you in choosing the right building materials, lighting and design to make your home as energy efficient as possible.

If you are interested in saving money on energy use, your first order of business should be to schedule a home energy audit.