In the greater Phoenix valley extreme temperatures combined with low insulation levels or improperly installed insulation can cause serious discomfort in a home and drive up utility bills each month. Upgrading your insulation or even fixing what you already have may be the #1 step to eliminating hot and cold rooms and reducing energy bills. Green ID provides spray insulation, cellulose insulation and air barrier work for hundreds of homeowners who understood the importance of insulation quality over quantity.
Which Type Of Insulation Is Best?
That depends on your home. If building a new home or are planning on living in your home more than 5 years, spray foam should be considered. If you are looking to get your bases covered with a well-sealed and well-insulated home, a blown in product like cellulose or loose fill fiberglass works well. Have a home with fiberglass batt insulation? We recommend a home energy audit with an insulation evaluation because fiberglass batts should be avoided at all costs. There are some good options to fix a misalignment problem caused by fiberglass batts. You can read up on what we really think about fiberglass batt insulation here.
How Much Does New Insulation Cost?
Insulation costs depend on how much we are adding, the access, and the type of insulation. Spray foam insulation will be the highest cost and followed by blown in insulation. Here is a general guide to insulation costs in Phoenix.
What To Ask Insulation Contractors
The typical insulation contractor follows a "blow-and-go" approach. These are your standard insulation contractors that insulated your home when it was built and are still operating the same way. New homes today are still shorted attic insulation because the insulation contractors consider the drywall as part of the R-value of a home, so when the building code says all new homes should be insulated to R-30, they will only give you 8" of insulation whereas we don't "cheat" and give you a full 11" of insulation.
So the first question you should ask a insulation contractor is how much depth do you consider R30 or R38 or R49 (whatever amount you want your attic blown to) to be?
The second questions to ask an insulation contractor do you and how do you air seal the attic before you blow insulation? If you are received by a blank stare, it's time to move on. Air sealing is almost as important as the depth of insulation you add in your home. Learn more about air sealing your home here.
Contact the insulation specialist at Green ID today for help with your next home upgrade.