Cheap Ways To Cool A Room
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Cheap Ways To Cool A Room

It’s summertime and the temperatures just keep getting warmer. So if you need some cost-effective ways to keep a room in your house as cool as possible, this post should help!

In the long run, there are some changes you can make to your home of a more permanent nature. For example, insulated window films, planting trees and installing awnings can help to shield your home from the sun. But the best option is a radiant barrier. Barrier Insulation offers the finest quality radiant barriers that keep 97% of the radiant heat from the sun from entering the building or home. It reduces the amount of energy needed by the air conditioner to keep the house cool and can save you in excess of 15% on your energy bills. Contact us today to learn how you can enjoy a cooler house with a radiant barrier from Barrier Insulation.

  • Find out what side of your house is upwind from the prevailing breeze and what side is downwind. On the downwind aspect of your house open the top section of windows. On the aspect of the house that is upwind, open the bottom section of windows.
  • Consider wetting a sheet and hanging it over an open window in the way you would hang a curtain to produce a cool breeze and maybe add a box fan positioned so it faces out of another window to push our hot air.
  • To keep your bed nice and cool, if you lightly moisten your sheets and put them in a freezer before bedtime it will help you to cool off immensely.
  • Using your stove in summer time will make the whole house hotter, so why not use your grill and cook outdoors more often in the summer months?
  • To stay cool apply cold cloths to areas where you have a strong pulse. For example, your wrists and your neck and combine that with drinking ice-cold beverages and you can cool from the inside!
  • Use cotton sheets on your bed, they stay cool and breath easily. Think about making an investment in a buckwheat pillow. As their husks have air between them, they do not retain your body heat even when occupying the same pillow case.
  • Keeping your blinds permanently closes is said to lower indoor temperatures by around 20 degrees and reduce energy bills from 6 to 8 percent!
  • Ceiling fans need to be reset on a seasonal basis for maximum efficiency. In the summer you want them to turn in a counter-clockwise direction. This creates a wind-chill breeze helping to keep you cool.
  • Keep your bathroom fans turned on It pulls out the hot air following a shower from your apartment or home.
  • Incandescent lights probably waste more energy for their size because they give off so much heat than any other appliance in your home on a pound for pound basis. Replace them with compact fluorescent lamps and they will also save your money on your energy bill as well as helping to keep your home cooler.
  • Take a large fan and position a mixing bowl full of ice at an angle, the air will take off the top of the ice creating a nice cool mist!
  • Blackout curtains are fantastic at blocking out sunlight, if they are nacked with white plastic it is said they can reduce the gain of heat by up to one third.
  • You learned in science class that heat rises so think about sleeping in the basement or on the couch downstairs or moving your mattress to the floor as there may be a cooler airflow there.
  • During summer nights the temperature usually drops in most areas of the US. By slightly opening the windows before bedtime you can get some cooler air circulating. You may even be able to create a wind tunnel of sorts by using fans to create an ideal cross breeze effect.

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Labor Cost To Install Batt Insulation
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Labor Cost To Install Batt Insulation

The average cost of labor to install batt insulation is $1,639. Average costs of labor to install batt insulation range from $780 to $3,500 for the US in 2019.

Blanket insulation comes in two forms, rolls and batts and is made of flexible fibers, commonly referred too as fiberglass. Fiberglass is used in both batt and roll insulations. As the name would imply, tiny pieces of glass fiber are what the material is constructed from. Low-density insulation exists but high and medium quality density insulation options provide higher R-values. Fiberglass insulation also works great for areas when there is little space for insulation, for example, cathedral style ceilings.

Plastic, wool and organic fibers such as cotton are also made for blanket insulation. Homeowners purchase roll and batt insulation without or with facing and helps with air and moisture defense. Fire resistant features are also available with some types of batt insulation. R-3 to R-4 per inch is the most common R-value for batt and roll insulation.

Cost To Install Batt And Roll Insulation

The cost to install this insulation type varies. the number of ancillary supplies and labor as well as the location of the home. The standard insulation project will need about 535 square feet of insulation, averaging in cost between $145 to $200. Along with other supplies like cutters, fasteners and tapes, the labor costs average for a complete installation from $170 to $420.

Differences Between Batt And Roll Insulation

There are many different types of batt and rolled insulation for residential purposes. roll insulation is, of course, available in rolls and batts come in pre-cut sections:

  • Rolled insulations is available in lengths ranging from 20 to 40 feet and are made to fit in between studs and joists. This option is better suited to insulate areas such as flooring, attics and spaces with long spans.
  • Batt insulation is best for fitting right into spaces. It is a popular option for floors, walls, attics, ceilings, trusses, and rafters within attics.
  • Batt insulation can also be covered with aluminum or paper exterior layers that act as an air, dual or vapor barrier. There are also optional flame-retardant coverings for exposed insulation.
  • Batt insulation can be used on any wall that has been unfinished. Floors, ceilings, and foundation can also benefit from batt insulation.
  • Because of its low price, homeowners are capable of installing insulation themselves or they can hire contractors to install beams, joists, and studs during a home renovation or reconstruction.

Barrier Insulation Offer Batt And Roll Insulation in Phoenix

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are considering bat and roll insulation, Barrier Insulation can help! Barrier Insulation offers spray foam insulation installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

As the leading bat and roll insulation installer, our team is dedicated to providing the best insulation installation, complete customer satisfaction, and meticulous application of your insulation.  To get your cost to install spray foam insulation at your home or business please visit our contact page, or give us a call at 602-499-2922.

Spray Foam Insulation Costs
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How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost?

The average cost for spray foam insulation is $2,000 dollars based on a 1000 sq ft home. *These are not our actual costs. Contact Barrier Insulation to get an actual quote today. The cost for spray foam insulation installation is lower for smaller areas and higher for larger homes.  If you’re thinking about saving money by installing insulation, spray foam is one of the most popular and effective options.

Cost Of Spray Foam Insulation

The cost of spray foam insulation installation will also vary depending on if you’re planning to do your whole home, or just certain areas like the attic, exterior walls, or crawl space.  According to improvenet.com the average installation cost for spray foam insulation in the United States is $2,000. *These are not our actual costs. Contact Barrier Insulation to get an actual quote today. This cost includes many new build homes that don’t require insulation removal or any demolition to install new insulation.  For older homes that want to remove old insulation and install new spray foam insulation in the whole home, attic, walls, or crawl space the costs are higher.

Spray Foam Insulation Areas

There are various areas of your home or business that can benefit from the addition of spray foam insulation.  Spray foam insulation has the superior insulating properties like other insulators, But goes further to seal up air leaks.  This keeps your home more comfortable without  having to run the AC or heat all night and day.  The less you need your HVAC the more your save!

Attic Insulation

The attic is one of the primary areas that need to be insulated to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.  As heat hits your roofing it heats up and transfers the heat into your attic.  Spray foam insulation installed in your attic will slow the heat transfer, keep your attic cooler, and reduce strain on AC ducts running through the area.

Exterior Wall Insulation

The walls of your home whether it’s brand new or years old play a big role in your home’s comfort.  The sun heats them along with gaps and cracks allowing air to move through them to and from the outdoors.  Having spray foam added will make rooms more comfortable and help save you money!

Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are the hollow areas under some homes in the valley.  They exist to allow technicians like plumbers access under the home to do their work.  Installing spray foam in the crawl space will help keep floors more comfortable and seal up gaps and cracks that cause drafts in your home.

Whole Home

Homeowners wanting to get the maximum effect and savings from installing insulation choose to get their whole home insulated.  Spray foam is the premium and most effective insulation type for nearly all areas of your home.  It is best to be installed in new build or during remodeling that involves the tearing down of sheetrock and removal of old insulation.

Spray Foam Insulation Cost Factors

Every home and business is a different size, layout, age, and quality of construction.  This variety of conditions makes it impossible to give a “one-size-fits-all” cost for spray foam insulation.  Homes that are smaller cost less than bigger homes and projects that only have the attic insulated cost less than whole home spray foam insulation.

Area Being Insulated

The bigger the area being insulted, the more spray foam will be used, and the longer it will take a crew to properly install.  This has a direct correlation to the cost of the spray foam insulation installation project.

Type Of Spray Foam

There are two main types of spray foam insulation, open and closed cell.  Closed cell spray foam does have a higher insulation value, but also costs more.  Most homeowners choose to use open cell spray foam insulation.

Thickness Of Spray Foam Layer

The thicker the layer needed for your insulation project the more spray foam mixture will be needed.  The water blown product is mixed at the spray tip and comes from our truck.  The thicker the layer the most it will cost.

Brand Of Spray Foam

There are various brands of spray foam insulation.  Barrier Insulation proudly carries the top quality spray foam insulation brands.  We install the durable and long lasting Icynene spray foam insulation for our customers.

Material Being Sprayed Onto

Various types of material are either easier or harder to install spray foam insulation onto.  If spray foam is to be sprayed directly onto brick, vinyl, wood, or aluminum the prep and application may take more time which affects cost.

Receive A Free Spray Foam Insulation Quote In Phoenix

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are considering spray foam insulation, Barrier Insulation can help! Barrier Insulation offers spray foam insulation installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

As the leading spray foam insulation installer our team is dedicated to providing the best insulation installation, complete customer satisfaction, and meticulous application of your insulation.  To get your cost to install spray foam insulation at your home or business please visit our contact page, or give us a call at 602-499-2922.

Attic Insulation Phoenix
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Attic Insulation

If you’re searching “Attic Insulation” in Phoenix, we can help. Barrier Insulation offers the best attic insulation in Phoenix! Our team knows how to insulate attics the right way for your home. We install the best insulation for Arizona and proudly serve every city in the Phoenix Valley including: Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

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Barrier Insulation offers the best attic insulation service in the Phoenix Valley. We offer all the different types of attic insulation to fit every demand and every budget.  Insulating the attic is one of the most important areas of the home to insulate to reduce dependency on air conditioning and heating.  Read more about the types of attic insulation we offer.

Blown-In Attic Insulation

Blown In Attic InsulationOne of the better choices is blown in attic insulation. It is installed by techs that have a large hose and shoot the insulation into the attic. They have training to create an even, uniformly deep layer of insulation. This is done by using a large air driven machine that churns up the material into chunks and then blows them up the hose and into the attic.

For blown material you have two main choices. There is cellulose and fiberglass blown in material. Both have advantages and disadvantages. With similar R values they both insulate well and are approximately 3 -4 R per inch. Fiberglass insulation is produced primarily from old glass or sand. Cellulose blown in insulation is made from recycled newspapers.

Depending on your application blown in insulation might be your only insulator in your attic, or you might use it in conjunction with other insulators to get the best energy efficiency. Blown in attic insulation sits on the floor of your attic as an even layer and helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Batt Attic Insulation

Rolled Batt Attic InsulationBatt attic insulation is pretty straight forward to install as it is rolls of material typically lined with a paper backing. They are made from interweaving fibers that are long and have adhesive qualities. This means they stick to each other and stick together as a grouping. Batt insulation is made from two source materials, cotton and fiberglass. Cotton batts are made from recycled denim jeans. Fiberglass batts are typically made from sand or recycled glass that is processed into the insulating strands and fibers.

To install the batts they must be cut to fit each and every space they will be installed in. Even with the best of intentions there are tricky spots around corners, pipes, wires, junction boxes and other areas that end up having gaps. This means there are areas that simply are not insulated as well as other insulation options.

Spray Foam Attic Insulation

Spray Foam Attic InsulationOne of the most energy efficient types of attic insulation is spray foam. It comes in two types that have pros and cons. There is open and closed cell spray insulation. A larger percentage of homes were built with the HVAC and duct system in the attic of the home. This means that if your insulation is sitting on the floor of your attic, your system is having to work harder. Moving the “envelope”, or area of your home that is climate controlled, to the roofline can greatly increase your energy efficiency. Spray foam allows this envelop to be at the roofline, and helps fill in all the areas that batt insulation can struggle with.

Highly trained and skilled insulation technicians can spray the foam so there are no gaps or voids in the layer of insulation covering the attic ceiling. This means that the ducts carrying your hot and cold air to heat and cool your home are working in a more moderate climate. That translates into less energy being used to keep your home comfortable all year long.

Radiant Barrier Attic Insulation

Radiant barrier insulation provides an additional layer of protection to keep your attic and home more comfortable, and use less air conditioning and heating.  This type of insulation has the same goal of preventing heat from entering homes as traditional insulation but achieves the goal in a different way.  Instead of using thick layers of foam, loose insulation, or fiberglass batts it reflects the energy and heat with highly reflective surfaces.

It can be installed as a foil backed insulation board or it can be installed by spraying a highly reflective product onto the bottom of the roof decking in the attic.  Barrier insulation installs R-Max radiant barrier and HeatBloc Ultra spray radiant barrier.

The Best Attic Insulation

Clearly the best attic insulation really depends on your home and your needs. If you don’t have any ducts or HVAC system in your attic and you don’t plan to finish or use the attic space, you might consider one of the less costly insulation types. However if you have ducts in your attic and want to keep your home as energy efficient as possible using spray foam might be a more costly, but better long term investment. Having local attic insulation experts come to your home and help you develop an effective and budget friendly insulation plan for your home is the only way to get the best attic insulation for you individual needs.

How Much Does Attic Insulation Cost in Phoenix?

The average attic insulation installation cost in Phoenix is $915 according to HomeAdvisor. Depending on the price of the materials used for insulation costs range between $665-$1,165 in 2019.

Read more about attic insulation costs.

Barrier Insulation Offers Free Attic Insulation Quotes in Phoenix

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Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Non Fiberglass Insulation Types
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Non Fiberglass Insulation Types

If you are searching for types of Non Fiberglass Insulation, this article should help! We put together a list of all the different types of insulation that doesn’t contain Fiberglass. Fiberglass insulation has been used for many years and is very common in Arizona homes. With advances in material sciences and understanding of how some elements affect our health many homeowners are looking for non fiberglass insulation types.

There are several different types of non fiberglass insulation including:

Spray Foam Insulation

spray-foam-insulation-phoenix-azSpray foam insulation is one of the most popular choices in house insulation in today’s market. This is because it not only insulates the house, but it creates a seal. Even the best contractors cannot create an air tight seal with joints. With this expanding foam insulator these gaps can be sealed up and your home can be dramatically more energy efficient.

Loose & Blown In Insulation

blown-in-insulation-phoenix-azCellulose and mineral wool are two types of loose/blown in insulation types. There is a fiberglass option in this type of insulation so home owners wanting to stay away from fiberglass insulation will want to be very specific about what type they want their contractor to put in their home.

 

Reflective & Radiant Barrier Insulation

radiant-barrier-insulation-phoenix-azIn areas like Arizona radiant barrier insulations are especially effective. Many homes have their cooling ducts running through the ceilings and attic areas. In these cases keeping the attic cooler is absolutely critical in having an energy efficient home. Radiant barriers alone can reduce energy costs as much as 5-10%. Using a radiant barrier in combination with another insulation type is a great way to maximize the homes thermal efficiency and reduce energy costs year long.

Cotton Insulation

Cotton Batt Non Fiberglass InsulationCotton insulation is commonly made out of old jeans. You know those 90’s jeans you never wear anymore? There is a company called Bonded Logic that can take those unwanted jeans and turn them into denim insulation. Denim insulation is actually becoming very popular, being sold by stores, and comes in a variety of thicknesses.

Cullulose Insulation

Cellulose Non Fiberglass InsulationCellulose Insulation is comprised of nontoxic and recycled treated cardboard or newspaper, provides excellent insulation for your business or home, and costs less to install than cotton. When cellulose came out, it wasn’t that popular with homeowners because they feared that the cellulose would invite mold and critters into their home. Although, with advances in nontoxic chemicals, this type of insulation is better protected and is now flame resistant.

Wool Insulation

Wood Non Fiberglass InsulationWool insulation is mostly made out of sheep fibers. Many homeowners and business owners turn to sheep wool to keep their businesses and homes insulation. Sheep inhabit some of the most coolest climates in the world. The fibers are tightly packed to trap air and make tiny air pockets, so the insulation has the capability of releasing moisture. Also, this type of insulation is very resistant to fire to make it a safe choice to install in your home.

Soy-Based Insulation

Soy Based Non Fiberglass InsulationSome people choose not to install the 3 insulation types above because they don’t fill in the tiny cracks like spray foam insulation does. Although, there is a new product that hit the market about 10 years ago called soy-based insulation. Soy-based is very similar to spray foam insulation where it fills in cracks and is sprayed on , only it uses renewable and biodegradable resources to do it.

All of these non-fiberglass insulation types may cost a little bit more than fiberglass insulation, but the savings on your cooling and heating bills make them a more affordable option to consider.

Potential Fiberglass Insulation Dangers

In recent years OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has required a label indicating that fiberglass insulation has the potential to be carcinogenic. In addition warning labels indicate that fiberglass can cause eye, lung and skin irritation.

Fiberglass insulation comes in two main types, rolled and loose fill. That means you will find it in rolled bats in bags, or it will be loose material that is typically a layer of material insulating the floor of your attic. When this material is disturbed by working in the attic the fibers fill the air and can irritate lungs, eyes, and skin. Long sleeve shirts, goggles, and respirators are mandatory when handling fiberglass as there is a potential developing cancer from breathing the fibrous material.

Why You Should Remove Fiberglass Insulation

In addition most of the fiberglass insulation available is coated with a resin to help prevent excessive fibers from getting loose into the air. When this resin experiences heat however it can pose a health risk. The health risk is the resin outgases a varied quantity of formaldehyde. Most experts today believe that the level is high enough to warrant insulation removal and replacement. The tighter the ducts are and the higher quality of construction will help alleviate some of these concerns. However over time when houses settle gaps naturally exist and there is a potential for exposure.

For these reasons many homeowners in Phoenix are looking for non fiberglass insulation types. Below we will examine many of the great alternatives to fiberglass that are safer for your home and family.

Insulation Removal & Installation Services In Phoenix, Arizona

If you live in or do business in Phoenix, Arizona and could benefit from our insulation removal or insulation installation services, please give Barrier Insulation a call today at 602-499-2922 to speak with a representative.


Fiberglass Insulation Removal Services

Barrier Insulation proudly serves the Phoenix valley and can help you safely remove fiberglass insulation from your home to keep you safe.

Non Fiberglass Insulation Installation

We can help you affordably install non fiberglass insulation that will keep your home energy efficient and healthy for the whole family.

Best Insulation For Exterior Walls
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Best Insulation For Exterior Walls

The best insulation for exterior walls is spray foam insulation if it is new build and retrofitting with loose fill insulation for existing homes. Paying for cooling your home in Phoenix during summer is expensive! It’s possible to cut down on those electricity bills with quality insulation. We will show you the best insulation for your exterior walls in this post.

There are 3 main types of insulation commonly installed in walls.  The type that works best for your home depends on if the walls are still open during construction or a remodel, or if you’re improving the insulation of an older home. See below for more information about the exterior wall insulation options.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is sprayed on wet and it expands rapidly into gaps, cracks, and solidifies as a hard, thick foam.  This insulation type can be used to insulate the walls of new build and existing homes.  One of the best features of spray foam insulation is how well it conforms automatically to all of the odd shaped cavities and air leaks.  The R-value of spray foam depends on the chemical makeup as there are two variants, closed and open cell spray foam insulation.  Spray foam insulation does require a slightly greater investment, but it does offer superior performance.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation

For most people when they imagine insulation they think of those pink rolls of fiberglass batts.  It has been a staple for much of the country as it is effective and affordable.  As a favorite of both contractors and homebuilders fiberglass batts are designed to fit between common stud spacing.  This option is susceptible to air permeability unless it has a facing which acts as a vapor barrier.

Loose-Fill Insulation

Loose-fill insulation comes in various compositions from rock wool and fiberglass to the incredibly popular cellulose insulation.  For existing walls cellulose loose fill insulation is an excellent option as it requires less demolition to install.  In fact the only demolition required is to drill small homes in the outside of the exterior walls and install the insulation via a tube which blows the cellulose into the walls.  Much of cellulose insulation is comprised of recycled newspaper which is treated with fire retardant products to make it safe for homes.

How To Insulate Exterior Walls

There are three popular ways to insulate exterior walls.  The first and highest performance is spray foam insulation.  The second and widely used is fiberglass batt insulation.  The third is loose fill blown in insulation.  The first two types of insulation can be installed in exterior walls when the property is first built or during renovations.

Loose fill insulation can be installed in exterior walls by a process called “retrofitting”.  Retrofitting is an insulation installation process where small holes are cut into the sheetrock of your property and insulation is blown into the wall cavities to improve your building or home’s energy efficiency.

Spray Foam Exterior Wall Installation

Spray foam is an excellent option for exterior wall insulation.  Used widely in basements, attics, crawl spaces and exterior walls it not only provides insulation but seals air leaks in your property.

Step 1. Understand Scope Of Installation

For jobs bigger than sealing around dryer vents, windows, or other common gaps or cracks its typically more cost effective to hire professional insulation contractors.  Professional spray foam installers will have years of experience, safety gear, high pressure spray foam applicators, and the right spray rigs to do large areas efficiently

Step 2. Installation Safety Gear

Spray foam insulation installation produces fumes that are harmful if inhaled.  During installation it’s important for installers to use respirators.  Once the insulation has cured it is no longer has an impact on indoor air quality.

Step 3. Use The Right Equipment

A big part of making sure spray foam lives up to it’s design specifications is installing it correctly.  While some homeowners will get low-pressure sprayers the risk of spending the money to do it wrong isn’t worth the risk.  We use high pressure applicators with years of experience to get the job done right, the first time.

Step 4. Choose The Type Of Spray Foam

There are two types of spray foam insulation, open and closed cell.  While closed cell spray foam does have a higher insulation performance value it is more costly to install.  For this reason, many homeowners choose open cell spray foam as it is fast to install and more affordable.

Step 5. Clean & Clear Debris

Before spray foam can be installed extra nails, dirt, and debris must be removed from inside walls.  If it’s left it will affect the quality of the installation.  It’s also a good practice to identify areas where it’s especially drafty to ensure they get sprayed correctly to seal air leaks.

Step 6. Install Spray Foam Insulation

This is the most important and sometimes challenging step.  The spray must be applied evenly and around the edges of each void before laying a nice layer in the center.  This helps seal the air leaks in your exterior walls.  It should be done at the right temperature, which is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fiberglass Batt Exterior Wall Installation

Fiberglass batt insulation is another very popular exterior wall insulation.  The sections are sold in rolls and are the sold in standard widths that fit between your exterior wall studs.  With most having a paper backing vapor barrier they are installed with heavy duty staple guns.

Step 1. Calculate How Much Is Needed

The first step is to calculate how much fiberglass batt insulation you’ll need.  This is done by measuring the total area of your exterior wall or walls.  Tally up the number of voids you need to insulate on your exterior walls and buy a little more than needed for odd areas and mistakes.

Step 2. Buy The Right Type Of Fiberglass Batt

Fiberglass batts are sold with different grades and thicknesses for various applications in your home or business.  Some are designed to be installed in exterior walls while others are meant for basement or attic walls.  Ensure you are choosing the right types for each of the exterior walls you need to insulate.

In addition to standard fiberglass batt you have the option of choosing types of non-fiberglass batt insulation.  Some consumers are choosing batts made from cotton, mineral wool, sheeps wool and other natural materials which guard indoor air quality.

Step 3. Collect Tools Of The Trade

Whoever is installing the batt insulation must wear protective gear and have a staple gun and utility knife. Protective gear should include a face mask, gloves, goggles, and clothing that covers the arms and legs.

Step 4. Cut Batts To Fit

Measure the height of each exterior wall void and cut the batts to fit each of these spaces.  The width should have been factory made for your walls but the length is variable as some homes have vaulted ceilings.

Step 5. Set In Place & Staple

The next step is to simply put the batts into the wall cavities and staple them into place.  This is done by unfolding the side of the paper backing on your batts and stapling it to the wall stud or attic joist.  Ensure you have a staple at least every 6 inches to securely hold the insulation.

Retrofit Exterior Wall Insulation

Retrofitting insulation into exterior walls is a hugely popular option for older homes.  Whether there just isn’t insulation or the insulation has settled and isn’t effective, retrofitting will help.  This type of exterior wall insulation is best done by professionals with the right tools and training.  It is done by cutting holes into the walls and using blowing machines to pump the walls full of loose fill insulation.  Cellulose is a popular type of loose fill among other good options.

Insulation for Exterior Walls in Phoenix

There are few places in the world that can boast the summer time temperatures that Phoenix has.  As we continue to set record highs each summer it is increasingly important to have quality insulation in your home, attic, and exterior walls.  Keeping your home cooler with insulation is more than a question of staying comfortable, it is about staying healthy and keeping utility bills reasonable.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

What Does Asbestos Insulation Look Like
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What Does Asbestos Insulation Look Like?

When it comes to asbestos, it rarely needs introduced at this point. The majority of homeowners need to be educated on the general danger of breathing and disturbing asbestos fiber. Older buildings and homes may have asbestos within products from hot water piping insulation to furnace insulation, even floor tiles. Typically, it is recommended to simply leave it as-is without disturbing it. Otherwise, hire a professional asbestos removal company.

However, there are loose-fill wall and attic insulation which can contain asbestos. If you’re insulation is the batt style insulation, as the loose fill insulation has the higher risk as it’s loosely poured into wall or joist cavities. You may also find thousands of loose particles within walls or under attic flooring. These are the insulation types that pose the most risk.

So, how do you identify if your attic insulation contains asbestos? Below we will discuss specifics about loose fill insulation which could contain asbestos.

Vermiculite Attic Insulation

Vermiculite attic insulation is the main source of concern with asbestos dangers, although asbestos is not in every brand. Vermiculite insulation alone is not dangerous, being a pellet style mineral, which expands with higher temperatures. In addition to building insulation, vermiculite is commonly used with gardening for loosening soil.

More specifically, vermiculite insulation which was mined in Montana by the Libby company is one to watch for. It was sold under the brand Zonolite, for about 70 years.

Because Zonolite had been contaminated with tremolite, it resulted in being a health hazard. Tremolite is similar to asbestos. About 70% of U.S. vermiculite attic insulation originated from the Libby mine, while 30% came from other sources.

Loose Fill Insulation Could Contain Asbestos If:

Your home was constructed prior to 1990. The Libby mine was closed down in 1990, meaning any homes that were built and/or remodeled prior to their closing date could have attic insulation containing asbestos. If your home was constructed after their closing date, it reduces the chance of asbestos containing insulation, but there’s still a chance overstock insulation was used a while after closing.

  • Zonolilte is often a silver-gold or gray-brown color, which is another way to identify the insulation particles.
  • Zonolite particles have an accordion style texture. This texture is the result of particles puffing due to heat.
  • Zonolite will lay flat against a joist cavity, and remain firm. Loose fill fiberglass often fluffs and appears more like a snow drift.
  • Zonolite is a lightweight mineral, and reacts with high temperatures that result in puffing particles.

Is Loose Fill Soft, Gray and Lack Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely cellulose insulation, which contains a higher amount of recycled paper, without minerals. A closer inspection indicates this gray puffy material has no minerals, but appears like gray shredded paper. This means cellulose insulation does not contain asbestos and is a safe insulation, blown into the cavities.

Is Loose Fill Fluffy and White, With Some Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely fiberglass fill. Due to being a byproduct of glass, it has some shine in light. The texture is fluffy, similar to that of cotton candy. When it comes to breathing, fiberglass can be annoying, and known to cause cancer.

Is Loose Fill Puffy, Gray and Fibrous?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely rock wool, a mineral based loose fill. It is commonly found in fiber bundles, with a cotton style look. Rock wool comes in brownish white, off white, or white. Rock wool insulation is fabricated from belted basaltic rock and dolomite, with binders being added. Raw materials get exposed to temperatures up to 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit, making it melt. Then, fibers are spun from the molten material. It is common for rock wool to be found as a woven insulation batt or loose insulation. Similar to fiberglass, it should be handled carefully, but rock wool is not known to cause cancer.

What To Do If I Suspect Zonolite Vermiculite Insulation?

If you have loose fill insulation in your wall or attic that fits the visual aspects above, you can verify if it contains asbestos with a DIY asbestos testing kit. If you would prefer not to be around the insulation, to be on the safe side a commercial firm can be hired for testing insulation for asbestos. Generally, DIY kits can be purchased under $50, which may be a cheaper route.

In the event you find your insulation contains asbestos, it is best to locate an abatement company that has professional experience in handling asbestos removal, and never disturb the insulation. Although, asbestos removal is expensive, but if left it could cause many health issues for you and/or your family.

Phoenix Valley Insulation Removal

If you’ve got asbestos insulation in your property it poses a health hazard.  Barrier insulation provides insulation removal services in the Phoenix Valley and is an insulation installation contractor.  That means we can remove dangerous, damaged, or ineffective insulation and replace it with the highest performance insulation on the market.  From spray foam insulation to loose fill blown in insulation we will help you choose a cost effective and high performance insulation solution to help keep you comfortable all year long.

How To Insulate Walls Without Removing The Drywall
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How To Insulate Walls Without Removing The Drywall

To insulate walls without removing the drywall holes on the interior or exterior of the home are cut.  Insulation materials are blown or sprayed between the studs to fill in wall cavities with insulation.  This, along with attic insulation, helps create a more energy efficient home that requires less natural gas or electricity to stay comfortable.

Wall Insulation

When it comes to high energy costs, it has really made homeowners much more aware of having the right insulation. There are some experts that have stated that a person can save about 15% on their energy bill by sealing up any air leaks and even adding some insulation, but that will be based on the location and age of the house.

Older houses, especially those that were built around World War II, are not insulated to more modern standards, but almost every house can benefit from adding insulation. Specifics will be based on the type of house, but there are many options for all without having to remove the drywall in your home.

Check Your Needs

You will need to check out sources such as the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association to see just how much insulation you are going to need. Insulation will be rated by R value, which is the resistance to heat. Most of the United States will need to have between R-60 to R-37 in the attic and between R-16 to R-12 in the walls.

Exterior Walls

You may add insulation to your walls without removing it by cutting holes into the siding. You can blow spray foam or cellulose into the walls from outside. Just cut a 1 inch to 2-inch hole between the studs at the top of the wall and then spray the insulation into the hole using a hose. Replace the cutouts, fill using wood filler and then sand smooth and paint to restore your siding.

Basement Walls

Insulating the basement walls in your home helps keep your home a more even temperature throughout the year.   Basement walls can be insulated with foam board, spray foam, blown-in, and spray foam insulation.  For basements that are finished and have sheetrock insulation contractors use similar methods to retrofitting exterior wall insulation installation.  Holes are cut to install the insulation and then are patched and painted over.

Attics

The easiest place for you to add insulation is going to be in your attic, under your roof. That is where adding insulation will be most beneficial. Another option is to add some loose fill insulation like fiberglass beads, cellulose, or rock wool. These types of insulation can be bought in bags at a supply store. You can add the loose fill on your existing insulation which has been installed in older homes. You should add between 7 to 12 inches of insulation which meets the requirement.

Roll or Batt

Another option for your attic will be roll or batt insulation which is made of wool, fiberglass or cotton. They will have similar R values, but fiberglass is very common and easily purchased at a supply store. Fiberglass batt is similar to those that are placed in your house wall during construction. You can lay rolls or batts between the joists in the ceiling or over them and make sure to place them on top of existing insulation.

Spray Foam

Spray foam insulation is a more modern and popular insulation type that you can add without needing to remove your drywall. This material is sprayed as a liquid which will expand when it makes contact with air. It will have a fluffy, soft appearance but a high R value. It will expand to fill any cracks so there will be no air openings where cold air can get in or for hot air to escape. In the attic it is normally sprayed between the rafters and the excess material is trimmed using a saw or knife.

How Blown In Insulation Is Installed Behind Drywall

This process is often called retrofitting and involves cutting access holes, blowing in insulation, and then patching.  Some homeowners with the time and tools are able to do this, but professional retrofitting is faster and generally more effective.  Training and experience make a big difference in how well the new insulation performs.  It’s possible to add blown in insulation to attics, walls, under floors and even the crawl space in your home.  Learn how the pros install insulation between studs without removing the drywall.

Step 1. Drill Holes In The Wall

To install the insulation without completely removing the drywall our pros find the studs in your walls.  Using a stud finder to mark off the studs with a pencil.  Drops cloths are used to protect floors and make cleanup easier as 2 inch holes are drilled to fill each of these wall cavities.  The holes are drilled as high as possible so insulation naturally piles up and creates an even layer of insulation.

Step 2. Blow In The Insulation

Our professional team of insulation installers work together to place the hose in the wall and slowly inch it out as the insulation is blown in tight.  This creates the evenly distributed effective insulation you need for your walls. Dirt and dust may be kicked up during this process so our team wears masks, gloves and goggles for personal safety and protection.

Step 3. Patching & Painting

Once the walls are filled with the insulation the installation holes are patched.  This is done by either saving the drywall discs cut as you created the access points or cutting new plugs.  Use drywall tape to secure the disc or patch in place, cover it with spackle and let it dry.  Once all of the holes are patched and dried the last step is painting the walls to make sure it looks uniform.

This process drastically improves home’s thermal efficiency in both summer and winter.  Stay cooler in when it’s hot and warmer when it’s cold without blowing your budget on utilities.

Home & Attic Insulation Service

Barrier Insulation provides retrofitting insulation services for all types of properties.  Our team can help you with insulation removal and install new insulation in your home, attic, walls, and floors without having to do major demolition to achieve more energy efficient homes.  If you’d like to learn more about how insulation can help save you money and stay more comfortable please call 602-499-2922

Is Spray Foam Insulation Worth It?
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Is Spray Foam Insulation Worth It?

Spray foam insulation is worth the additional cost as it performs better and seals air leaks.  It’s R-Value is higher, so it keeps the heat out in summer and holds it in during summer.  In addition spray foam insulation expands into gaps and cracks to seal air leaks.  This means that your conditioned air stays in your home and the hot air with it’s dirt, dust, and allergens stays out.

Much like any investment in real estate choosing good insulation options is important.  A lot of people are searching for “Is spray foam insulation worth it?”.   Spray foam typically does cost a little more than other traditional types of insulation; so homeowners are trying to understand if the performance difference is worth the extra cost.  This post will cover some of the differences spray foam insulation has and why it is worth the additional cost for many business owners and homeowners.

6 Reasons Spray Foam Insulation Is Worth It

Homeowners, businesses, and even charity organizations who build houses have realized the value and advantage of spray foam insulation.  Spray foam insulation’s advantages include that it seals air leaks, offers better performance, improves indoor air quality, and even helps keep your home quieter.

1. Seals Air Leaks

One major difference between spray foam insulation and every other type is that spray foam seals gaps and cracks that let air move in or out of your home.  This characteristic of spray foam leads to many of it’s unique advantages and superior performance as an insulation option.

2. Lower Utility Costs

Habitat for humanity did a case study where two identical homes were built.  One with traditional fiberglass insulation and one with spray foam insulation.  After only 5 months of utility bills the house with spray foam insulation owed $547 dollars less in heating and cooling costs!

3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

As the air leaks are sealed off allergens and humidity from outdoors is kept outdoors.  This helps prevent mold in the home and pollen or dust from entering the home.  Many people and children react to both pollen and dust with mild to sever allergic reactions that can significantly impact their quality of life.

4. A Quieter Home

Another great advantage of spray foam is having a quieter and more peaceful home.  Your house is likely the place you come to escape the noise and busied activity of the day.  Hearing less of the traffic passing your home and what the neighbors are up to will leave you with a greater sense of relaxation.  Spray foam insulation helps keep the noise outside and can even help soundproof rooms inside your home.

5. Better Resell Value

When you invest in better materials in your home it is worth more money.  Spray foam insulation is widely know for its advantages and being able to list that you have the best insulation option helps fetch a better sale value if you decide to move. Best of all once your spray foam insulation is installed you’ll enjoy lower utility bills for the rest of the time you live in the home.

6. Improved Wall Strength

Spray foam insulation adds strength to the walls of your home as it solidifies.  This additional strength will help keep your home standing strong as your it ages and improve the longevity of the structure.  So in addition to keeping you more comfortable, lowering utility costs, it will help keep your home in better condition for longer.

Phoenix Spray Foam Insulation Contractors

If you have a commercial property or home in Phoenix that’s costing you an arm and a leg to cool or heat; Barrier Insulation is here to help!  We offer the best spray foam insulation installation service in the state and provide it to all the cities in the Phoenix Valley.  From Phoenix to Mesa and Gilbert to Glendale we have you covered with the very best insulation and professional installation.

Call Today For A Free Spray Foam Insulation Quote (602) 499-2922

How To Save Energy and Cut Your Electric Bill In Half
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How To Save Energy & Cut Your Electric Bill In Half

To save energy and cut your electric bill in half you’ll need have more energy efficient appliances, energy star HVAC systems, and cut down on the need to use electricity with insulation, energy efficient bulbs, and more.  Read about how you can cut your electric bill in half with these energy savings ideas.

12 Best Ways To Save Energy

The best ways to save energy and cut your electric bill involve installing more energy efficient items but also making it so your home doesn’t need as much electricity to be comfortable.  This involves weatherizing, insulating, using less hot water, and simply being more aware of how you use electricity and changing your habits.

1. Solar Power

A huge game changer in cutting your electric bill in half is the advent of solar power.  Being able to get energy to use in your home straight from the sun saves energy. See how much you can save with solar here.

2. Energy Star HVAC

No matter how well you insulate you’re going to need to heat in winter and cool your home in summer.  Energy Star air conditioners and central heaters help use less electricity to keep you comfortable.   So, consider upgrading your homes heater and air conditioning unit to Energy Start rated equipment.

3. Install Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats and those that are programable help you save even more energy.  While no one is at home during work, school, or even vacations your home doesn’t need to be kept as cooled or heated.  Programable thermostats can be manually programed for when you’re away.  S

mart thermostats can be programmed, controlled remotely, and even learn your household’s habits and save energy while your away automatically.  Then before you arrive home they kick the system back on to make sure the home is comfortable when you arrive.

4. Energy Efficient Appliances

The refrigerator, oven, range, water heater, and other home appliances all use energy.  Even your flat screen TV draws power and should be considered.  All home appliances and larger electronics are available in energy star models that will help you save energy.

5. Use Less Hot Water

Water heaters use a significant amount of electricity to be ready to provide hot water for showers, cleaning dishes, baths, and everything else you need hot water for.  By installing an energy start hot water heater you’ll save.  You can also turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater, so you simply use less hot water.  Adjust your showering and bathing habits to use less and you’ll use less electricity.

6. Insulate Your Home

Insulating your home is a huge way to cut your electric bill in half.  Without insulation or without insulation that is in good shape you’ll be cooling and heating like crazy to stay comfortable.  Running around with an insulated mug for your ice water in a home that’s doesn’t have good attic insulation or insulation in the walls keeps your HVAC system running and using much more electricity. Learn about how you can get quality home and attic insulation here.

7. HVAC Duct Sealing

Many homes HVAC ducting goes through the attic.  As this cool or hot air travels to the rooms it needs to the attic can steal some of the efficiency.  Gaps in the ducting of your home’s HVAC system makes your heater and air conditioner work harder and use more electricity.  Consider having your attic insulated so it’s more temperate and getting duct sealing to help cut your electric bill.

8. Weatherize Your Home

Weatherizing is similar to insulating but it deals more with vents, gaps, and cracks around windows or doors.  By checking door frames, windows, and vents for air leaks you’ll be able to save energy.  You can purchase and install some caulk to seal up these energy wasting gaps and cracks.  In addition, new weather stripping on doors and windows help keep cut your electric bill.

9. Upgrade To Energy Efficient Windows

The windows in your home can help keep your home more efficient. Not only the material but coatings can help reflect the sun’s energy and help cut your electric bill.  Single pane windows waste about 10 to 25% when compared to energy efficient windows that are available today.  You can also save by installing awnings, screens, and shades around windows on your home.

10. Smart Power Strips

Smart power strips save you energy by reducing load from electronics that are switched off.  Studies estimate that 75% of the energy your electronics use is done while they are sitting in standby mode.  Your smart power strip can be set to shut off automatically by remote switches, when inactive, or even when the main item is turned off, such as the TV.

11. Low Energy Light Bulbs

Let there be light, but let it be bright and much cheaper.  LED bulbs use anywhere between 25 to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs!  Better yet they last 25 times longer.  So, you’ll be saving electricity, lowering your bill, and not having to break out the ladder to replace bulbs again any time soon.

12. Adjust Daily Routines

Don’t underestimate the importance of your habits on your electricity bill.  Simply by remembering to shut off lights, turn off appliances and electronics will help cut your electricity bill.  You can also choose to wash your dishes and dry by hand or even dry your clothes without the use of a power sucking dryer.  You can also learn to use less cooling and heating in your home to save money.

Duct Sealing & Insulation Service

Barrier Insulation provides insulation removal, installs new upgraded insulation, offers duct sealing, and attic ventilation to help you save energy and cut your bill.  How much you can save depends on how well equipped your home.  Find out how much you can save by calling our team today 602-499-2922.

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