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Attic insulation is typically in the form of cellulose or fiber glass loose-fill that is blown into your attic using specialized equipment. Cellulose insulation is comprised of shredded newsprint that has been chemically treated in order to be mold resistant and fire retardant. Fiberglass insulation is made by jetting molten glass through tiny heated holes in a high-speed stream. The resulting fibers are drawn very thin and to great length. The fibers are then collected into a matte to produce fiberglass insulation. The effectiveness of insulation is measured by its ‘R’ value, which in a nutshell is its thermal resistance. The higher the ‘R’ value the more resistance the material has to the movement of heat. It also helps to reduce heat loss in the home by sealing air leaks. Generally, adding attic insulation delivers the greatest return on investment for most Canadian homes. According to government and industry measurements, heat loss can be reduced as much as 75-80% by insulating the attic with the recommended R50 or R60 insulation.
Similar to attic insulation, upgrading wall insulation can be quite beneficial for your home as well. Wall insulation is usually recommended for older homes that have little to no insulation. Best of all, there is no need to tear down or even cut open large holes in your walls. This process is taken care of by our Dense-Pack Cellulose solution, which has all the same benefits and can be carried out non-invasively. Our technicians can inject cellulose through small cavities in the walls and fill entire rooms in little time. While newer homes generally have insulation installed during the building process, older homes can have air leakages by as much as 20-30% more than homes with insulated walls, leading to higher energy bills and less energy efficient homes.
Basement walls are unique because they must handle significant moisture flows from both inside and outside the home. A basement that is not well-insulated is a huge source of energy loss. As a matter of fact, basements contribute to one of the largest losses of energy in a typical home. An insulated basement on the other hand makes the space more comfortable and also helps keep upper floors more energy efficient. There are various options available to address this heat loss through insulation but the most frequently used type includes spray polyurethane foam insulation. This can usually be installed with thermal barrier in areas commonly referred to as headers, which are un-insulated spaces between the top of the basement wall and the first floor. Adding insulation can significantly reduce heat loss and air leakages as well as provide a comfortable space for homeowners to enjoy.