Banker Insulation Uncovers the Benefits of Insulation
At Banker Insulation, we’ve dedicated our business to helping homeowners in the Southwest make energy improvements to their homes that reduce energy costs while making their property more efficient. Home insulation is one of the most effective ways to improve a house’s energy efficiency. It can help maintain a comfortable climate without putting too much strain on heating and cooling appliances. If you’re considering updating your insulation or need some installed in a newly constructed home, read below to learn about the various products and services we offer. We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation, and our professionals will help determine how we can best meet your home’s needs.
What Is Insulation?
Unless you’re in an attic or basement, you don’t often see insulation, but it is one of the most important details in your home’s construction. It should be included in all of the exterior-facing areas of your home such as the walls, attic ceiling, crawl spaces, and the basement ceiling and walls. Insulation acts as a protective barrier to keep heat from escaping during the cold months and cool air from leaking out during the hotter months. It also provides soundproofing to limit outside noise from entering your home.
Are There Different Types of Insulation?
When people think of insulation, they often picture the fluffy rolls of pink stuff that has been used in homes for decades. However, many forms of insulation are available today, and each is created to meet a specific need. Our team of insulation contractors installs various types of products to improve the energy use in your home. We offer:
- Spray Foam Insulation – We use spray foam insulation to seal air leaks and insulate homes that have open spaces. Common areas include uncovered walls and attics that aren’t finished. It offers excellent temperature control and noise reduction and resists sagging and settling.
- Fiberglass Insulation – Fiberglass insulation has been used for decades to insulate homes. Batt insulation that comes in rolls is laid in walls and between the ceiling and floor joists. It can also be blown in as loose-fill to cover hard-to-reach areas like attics and crawl spaces.
- Cellulose Insulation – Cellulose is made from recycled materials such as newspaper and cardboard, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to fiberglass. It can be blown into nearly any space and densely packed into tight spaces, making it incredibly versatile.
- Injection Foam Insulation – Injection foam is designed for closed-off spaces such as walls already covered by drywall and basement walls. It completely fills spaces and won’t sag or settle, providing years of insulating protection.
- Radiant Barrier Insulation – This method is growing in popularity, especially in warmer climates like Arizona and New Mexico, because it’s a cost effective way to prevent heat transfer through the roof and into open attics.
- Replacement Window Installation – The windows in your home can increase the comfort indoors and add to the insulation if they are in good condition and installed correctly. If they’re old or bad quality, you could be losing a lot of heat and cool air through them.
- Fireplaces – Fireplaces are a long-trusted way to warm your home during chillier times of the year while providing a nice ambiance. We install gas, wood, and electric fireplaces inside and outdoors from the top brands in fireplace manufacturing.
Improving Your Home’s Efficiency With Insulation
A well insulated home allows you to maintain the desired temperature in your house while reducing strain on your heating and cooling equipment. Insulation acts as a protective barrier between the air temperature in your home and the air outside. As you heat or cool the house to a comfortable temperature, you can maintain that temperature longer by minimizing air transfer from inside to outside and vice-versa. Holding the temperature steady means your heating and cooling appliances won’t run as much to get back to your set temperature. Air transfer from inside and outside can happen through walls, roofs, basements, and cracks or gaps in doors, windows, and attics. Our insulation methods target all of these areas to create a tightly insulated home. Better insulation means:
- Lower energy bills
- Increased property value
- Improved noise reduction
- A healthier home
- Reducing your carbon footprint
What Is the Best Type of Insulation?
Like many home improvement options and services, “the best” will not be the same for every homeowner. Our team has been installing various forms of insulation in residential and commercial properties since 1977. Our commitment to every customer is to recommend an option that will provide reliable protection from energy loss based on the characteristics of the property. Our customer reviews show we follow through on this promise. An estimate includes a walk-through of the property and, to determine which material is best for you, we will consider factors such as:
- Age of the property
- Local climate
- Is it new construction
- Is there old or existing insulation
- Are the spaces open
- Are the walls closed
What Is the Most Important Area of the Home to Insulate?
For the best protection against temperature loss, outside noise pollution, and high energy bills the whole house should be insulated. However, we understand that doesn’t work for all budgets. Deciding what the most important part of your home to insulate is will vary for each property owner. We offer estimates that can help figure out your immediate need. Determining this will depend on which parts of your home are insulated, how old the insulation is, whether any insulation has been damaged by water leaks, and any gaps or cracks apparent where the air is escaping. In general, the most essential parts of the home to ensure are insulated are:
- The Attic – Many builders and insulation companies will agree that attic insulation is one of the most important energy savers in a home. The reason is that heat rises and, in the cold months of the year, it will be replaced by cold air outside as it rises and escapes through a poorly insulated attic. Attics are one of the biggest areas for heat loss in a home.
- The Basement – Insulating the walls and ceiling of your basement is essential even if it’s unfinished. Cold air can seep through basement walls and infiltrate the upper parts of the house. Insulation also provides a barrier against moisture which means you’ll see a reduction in mold and mildew growth with a dryer basement. Our injection foam insulation works fantastic in concrete masonry walls and foundations.
- Crawl Spaces – Crawl spaces in any part of the home are significant sources of air transfer, causing indoor temperatures to fluctuate. Many of these spaces are hard to reach or access, so homeowners may not even know the condition of the insulation. Our blow-in insulation methods allow us to reach cramped spaces and create airtight seals.
- Walls – Installing a barrier of insulation in between interior and exterior walls will reduce temperature transfer from outside. It will also help reduce noise from outdoors. Even if your walls are covered with drywall and are filled with old insulation that’s coming apart, we can access these areas without opening walls and quickly improve your home’s insulation situation.
Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home
Determining your home’s insulation needs requires the advice and knowledge of experienced insulation contractors like the team at Banker Insulation. We assess each situation individually and factor in the age and size of the house, the state of any existing insulation, and our ability to access behind walls, in attics, and other areas that need attention. From there, we will guide you on which material and method of application are best for your property. We proudly serve homeowners in Arizona throughout Chandler, Flagstaff, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Prescott Valley, Cornville, Snowflake, and Tucson as well as Albuquerque, NM for customers looking for the same excellent insulation and fireplace installation services that we’ve been providing for more than 40 years. Contact us to schedule an estimate today.