Why Insulation Matters
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling systems are the largest energy users in the average home, typically consisting of up to 40% of a home’s energy use. Properly installed insulation can reduce energy demand, providing savings on heating and cooling costs, and deliver a more comfortable home environment by maintaining an optimal temperature.
Below is a list of some of our most frequently asked questions regarding residential and commercial insulation products, but we are always happy to talk with you about your specific project. Please give us a call at (215) 822-2702 or reach out to us via Contact Us.
As a homeowner, what should I be looking for in insulation?
Insulation is rated based on how much it reduces the heat flow between the interior and exterior of a building. For each type of insulation, a “resistance-value” or “R-value” is assigned based on how well the product resists the conductive flow of heat per unit. The use of higher R-value insulation, such as spray foam, provides more insulation with less thickness.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homeowners consider factors such as location, home design and cost when selecting insulation and that a home energy professional may be able to assist in making the right selection for a particular project.
What kind of insulation does McGlaughlin specialize in?
McGlaughlin Insulation specializes in polyurethane spray foam and cellulose insulation.
Polyurethane spray foam is a spray-applied cellular plastic, which, when properly installed, can fill hard to reach areas with seamless coverage, providing protection from water and rodent damage. As a higher R-value insulation, spray foam gives more insulation with less thickness then other types of insulation and comes in two types: closed-cell and open-cell.
Closed-cell polyurethane spray foam, with its compact cell structure, is effective as an air and water-vapor barrier and is used often in roofing projects and other outdoor applications. Closed-cell spray foam can also act as a mold and moisture deterrent. Open-cell spray foam, with its lighter, more open-cell architecture, is great for sound insulation between interior walls. Due to its ability to create a continuous barrier on almost all surfaces, either closed-cell or open-cell spray foam can also eliminate some of the steps required to weatherize a home, reducing construction time and cost.
Cellulose insulation, the latest in home insulation solutions, is a loose-fill insulation made out of renewable, plant-based products and is environmentally friendly, having the highest recycled content of any current insulation material. Recent studies have also shown that cellulose may be a better fire-deterrent than fiberglass. Like spray foam, cellulose can be installed in hard to reach areas, fitting over pipes and wiring. While providing a lower R-value than spray foam, cellulose is traditionally a lower cost option that also provides effective insulation.
McGlaughlin also works with traditional fiberglass and other insulation products if needed on certain projects.
With all of the DIY options available, why should I consider professional installation?
As installing insulation requires personal protective equipment, maintaining adequate ventilation, proper product disposal and other safety measures, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests homeowners hire a professional to install any sort of sprayed insulation.
At McGlaughlin Insulation, we understand that you may either be a homeowner with no experience with spray foam or cellulose insulation, or you may be a contractor with a lot of experience and more specific questions. We are always happy to speak with homeowners or builders regarding the benefits of spray foam and cellulose insulation and the details of our application process. Please give us a call at (215) 822-2702 or reach out to us via Contact Us.
Energy Loss in Homes
According to a national study on whole house air filtration, a home loses almost 90% of its heat through its roof, floors and walls. Insulation can help alleviate that loss, saving homeowners money and energy.
Energy Saver: Tips on Saving Money and Energy in Your Home, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (2017). Download PDF »
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