Your Insulation Questions — Answered!
The “R” in R-value stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the higher the level of resistance and the greater the insulating power. R-value requirements vary depending on climate and building type.
Yes! In 2020, the U.S. Federal Government is offering a tax credit of up to $500 (10% of the material cost) for homeowners who make certain energy efficiency upgrades in their home, like adding insulation. Visit ENERGY STAR to learn more or contact us with questions. Also check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s DSIRE database to see if you qualify for any additional rebate programs.
Airborne noises such as conversation, running appliances, electronic devices and household equipment carry and echo through walls, ceilings and floors. Good insulation has the ability to drastically reduce such atmospheric interference, leaving rooms much quieter.
According to Energystar.gov, insulating your home can reduce the noise from outside your house as well as making it harder for pollen, dust and insects into your home, better humidity control and lowering the chance for ice dams on the roof/eves in snowy climates. In addition to keeping the noise levels low, this will also improve the overall comfort of your home.
Every insulation job has its own unique set of requirements and every homeowner has their own budget guidelines. To make an informed decision, it’s extremely important to talk to a knowledgeable insulation expert so you can learn exactly what options are best for you.
Recommendations for R-Value depend on a specific project and circumstances. But here are some general R-Value guidelines for Midwest projects:
Attic: R-49 to R-60
Cathedral Ceilings: R-30 to R-60
Side Walls: R-13 to R-21
Floors: R-25 to R-30
Insulation Sheathing: R-5 to R-6
Since sound waves are transmitted through the air, adding insulation will increase your home’s structural density and decrease sound from being transmitted.