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Insulation or Windows

Choosing Between Insulation & Windows

 Insulation or Windows in Myrtle Beach, SC

When thinking of a home upgrade that will increase energy efficiency, homeowners typically consider two projects: insulation or windows. There is a lot of confusion about which investment provides a better return on investment.

BUILDING ENVELOPE

Your home’s envelope consists of the walls, floor and roof. When considering the total square footage of your home’s envelope, windows make up a very a small portion of it. By investing in upgrading the energy efficiency of a home’s attic and walls (more square footage), you’ll be maximizing energy efficiency across a greater portion of your home’s envelope and see a greater energy benefit.

HEAT FLOW

Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. Adding air sealing further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around ducts, attics and more.

R-VALUE

R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow. The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc.

Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading insulation to current code would result in attic r-value of R-30 to R-38 in North Carolina. When you consider the difference in r-value and the natural heat flow in a home, and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

COST

When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Myrtle Beach area is $3,708. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade blown-in insulation in the Myrtle Beach area is $1,470.*

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

* Project costs can vary

Summer Heat in Myrtle Beach, SC

Insulate to Beat the Summer Heat

 Home Insulation in Myrtle Beach, SCWhen warm summer weather arrives, most homeowners think about painting, landscaping and other outdoor projects. Upgrading home insulation is one of the last things that come to mind. Although insulation is commonly associated with cold weather, the thermal barrier it creates is just as important during hot summer weather.

When the weather is hot, the sun heats the surface of your roof. This heat transfers to the air inside your attic. At the same time your attic is heating up, your air conditioning system is working overtime to manage the indoor temperature. In an attempt to create a temperature balance, hot attic air moves into your home’s cooled living space. This in turn heats your home’s inside temperature, requiring your cooling system to work even harder.

This same situation applies to wall insulation. When exterior walls are heated by the hot summer sun, the temperature inside the wall cavity increases. This warm air will attempt to create a balance by moving into your home’s living space. Adding wall insulation helps reduce this heat transfer to keep your home comfortable.

When a home is properly insulated and air sealed, warm air stays out of your living space. This means your cooling system runs less often, reducing your monthly energy bills. Let’s not forget – upgrading insulation will keep your home comfortable all year. This one investment will pay you back month after month!

Not sure if your insulation is doing its job? Contact our office. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule a free estimate.

Insulation Contractor with Homeowner

Tips to Choose an Insulation Contractor

 Insulating Contractor in Myrtle Beach, SC

When it comes to home improvement projects or building a new home, it’s hard to know if you’re choosing the best contractor for your job. How do you know the company is reputable and will be there to handle a problem that could come up down the road? Can you trust them to show up on the day the work is to be performed?

Don’t let the process of hiring an insulation contractor become overwhelming. Here are some tips to help ensure you are making the right choice:

  • Experienced. There are many contractors who have limited insulation experience. It’s important to know your contractor has detailed insulation experience, particularly on your type of project. Check references and work history to be certain you are choosing a qualified contractor.
  • Understands building science. A good insulation contractor will have a deep knowledge of building science. They will be able to speak clearly about your home’s overall energy performance and answer questions about topics like air sealing, mechanical ventilation, indoor air quality and more.
  • Licensed and insured. A quality contractor should carry the proper insurance and licensing to work on your home or other project. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Customer focused. It is never too early to receive great service! A professional contractor will return your calls in a timely manner, answer your questions and fully explain your project estimate.

ABS Coastal Insulating has over 25 years of insulation experience. They are current on new insulation technologies, are properly licensed and insured, and care about providing great customer service. To schedule a free estimate for your insulation project, contact our office.

Fiberglass Insulation in Myrtle Beach, SC

Energy-Saving Features For a New Home

 Three-way Energy-saving Insulation by ABS Coastal Insulating

If you are building a new home, now is the time to think about energy-saving products and features. By choosing the right building materials and products now, you’ll experience increased indoor comfort and lower energy bills beginning on day one. Here are three areas of your new home where smart energy investments will pay off:

  1. Insulation
    Properly insulating the envelope of your home will help keep conditioned air inside your home and save on energy bills. Consider upgraded attic insulation, wall insulation and basement or crawl space insulation during the construction of your new home. Adding a professionally installed and complete blanket of insulation around your home’s exterior will help keep energy dollars in and exterior noise out.
  2. Air Sealing
    Air sealing works in conjunction with insulation to seal off penetration points through which conditioned air can leak. Some penetration points are visible to the eye while others are more difficult to identify. Choose spray foam insulation for your new home to add R-value and fully seal air leaks in one step.
  3. Doors and Windows
    Choose proper exterior doors and windows. Different sides of your home can be impacted by various weather factors including wind and sun. Consider the energy rating for windows and doors and the side of the home on which they will be installed. Be sure your insulation contractor also fully air seals around all doors and windows.

Do you have questions about insulation and air sealing for your new home? Could your existing home benefit from air sealing and upgraded insulation? Contact our office – we can help!