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Are you ready for summer heat?

indexIs your house prepared for a hot summer?  As cold as this past winter was, you can anticipate an equally as hot summer.  Will your house stay cool if the temperatures get hot?

Insulation plays a key role in keeping your home cool in the summer, just as it does to keep you warm in the winter.  With a properly insulated home, you are sure to stay comfortable the entire year, no matter what the temperature is outside.

Having adequate insulation in your home will ensure your house is energy efficient.  This means your attic and walls should be properly insulated.  Some things to consider when looking at insulation is:

  • R-Value – Depending on what part of the county you live in will determine what the recommended R-Value is needed for your home.  For example, if you live in a colder climate, like Pennsylvania, you would want a higher R-Value throughout your home.  R-Value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
  • Type of insulation – Depending on where you need insulation will determine what type you use.  Your attic, for example, will typically use Fiberglass.  Walls can be rolled or blown-in insulation, which can be fiberglass, foam board, etc.

Your contractor can provide you with recommendations and options for you based on the type of home and location where you live.  They can evaluate what you already have and where improvements can be made to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the entire year.

Custom Home Construction (Insulation)

insulationWith the geothermal heat system being installed, it’s important to ensure it can run as efficiently as possible.  One of the best ways to do this is by installing good insulation throughout the house.

When working on a new home construction project, you need to be careful to follow federal, state and local energy codes.  This includes codes concerning insulation.  Codes for insulation usually include minimal requirements, but you should exceed those mandates to ensure your home is energy efficient.

To properly insulate this new home, the builder will determine where to insulate and the recommended R-values for each of those areas.   The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry.  Under uniform conditions, it is the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator and the heat flux, the rate of heat energy transfer through a given surface.

For this new home construction, the insulation was a blown in fiberglass product.  Air vents and blockers were installed where needed as well as R-30 band board.  This band joist is usually the same size as the floor joists and runs around the entire perimeter of the building.

We used R-23 BIBS blown fiberglass insulation in the side walls.  BIBS® is a proprietary insulation system that blows dry white fiberglass insulation into walls, floors, attics and cathedral ceilings.  The BIBS® system makes a custom filling around wiring and fixtures that eliminates costly voids and air gaps.  BIBS® is an industry leader in new construction as well as retro fit projects.

In the ceiling, we used R-49 ISSP blown fiberglass.  ISSP, or InsulSafe SP, is a fiberglass blowing insulation used in residential and commercial construction as a thermal and sound absorbing insulation.  It is designed for pneumatic installation in open (attic) and closed (sidewalls and floors) construction cavities.

This level of insulation along with the geothermal heat will ensure this home has one of the most efficient heating and cooling system possible.