Save Money on Utility Costs NOW!
If your home’s insulation is below standard, then you could be losing thousands of dollars in utility costs each year. Not only are you losing conditioning in your home from heat transfer, your HVAC system is working overtime to recover that lost air. This adds unnecessary stress to your equipment, reducing the life of the system.
Older homes in Durham are highly susceptible to this problem. Most homes built prior to the past 15 or 20 years need some type of insulation upgrade. Building codes are set to minimum acceptable standards, and many homeowners are left paying extra costs each month because their homes aren’t up to modern standards.
Our industry has many options for improving your home’s efficiency but, foam insulation is usually the best option for any budget.
Existing Structure vs New Construction
At Crawl Space & Basement Technologies, we only work with existing homes. A new construction house can be built to include the proper insulation to keep the home at maximum efficiency. As long as it meets local building codes, the builder can decide what level of insulation to add to the new house.
Your older Durham home is not so lucky. Over the years, insulation breaks down and becomes laden with allergens that cause health issues and leads to inefficient utility usage. Over the years, our specialists have have found that older homes require unique solutions to their energy problems. Most often, retro fitting an older home creates a new efficiency target that can be met by our team. Due to an existing home having drywall and sheetrock already installed, a Retro-Fit house has a couple options, seal and insulate the crawl space/basement and attic.
Durham Crawl Space and Attic Insulation
Crawl Space Insulation replacement can be relatively simple process. Some homes only need an R-19 replacement, while others require a complete encapsulation and sealing of the crawl space. A complete sealing uses closed-cell spray foam or foam board on the walls of the crawl space. If this is not necessary, our specialists have other solutions that will seal your crawl space. Once our team completes a thorough home inspection, we will report our findings so that you know the best solution for your home.
Attic Insulation is typically left out of most home construction projects. Unfortunately, the lack of insulation in an attic is a contributing factor to poor air quality in most homes. The “Stack Effect” or “Chimney Effect” creates a vacuum that pulls stale, moldy air from the crawl space through the home. Hot climates with high levels of humidity can lead to temperatures exceeding 165 degrees or more! This hot air can damage items stored in the attic and the heat will permeate into the rest of the home, leading to energy loss and overuse of the homes HVAC. The EPA states that a home lacking sufficient attic insulation can lose over 40% of the conditioned air from attic ventilation.
Spray Foam Can Help Lower Energy Costs in Your Durham Home
If your Durham home’s energy bill is more than you think it should be, then the professionals of Crawl Space & Basement Technologies is the answer to your problem. Spray foam insulation will permanently seal your basement or attic from moisture and low quality air, helping to save your household from spending more than necessary on bill payments. As a bonus, allergens and pollutants will be prevented from entering your home, which will help to protect your family’s health.
How Does Spray Foam Insulation Work?
Our trained specialists apply the foam as a two part mixture. The process requires applying the spray foam to the inside surface of your homes walls, underside of your roof and the basement and crawl space. The foam expands during application, filling cracks and crevices, and sealing any voids in your home. The foam solution adheres to wood, masonry and metal, so you can be sure that our process will take care of your home energy problems.
Why is Spray Foam Better than Other Types of Insulation?
- A high R-Value rating. Foam provides exceptional thermal performance by minimizing hot and cold spots. This improves efficiency and comfort in the home.
- Unlike fiberglass insulation, Foam adds structural integrity to the existing structure. The foam acts as padding and reduces weak points in the home.
- Additional moisture prevention. As a secondary vapor barrier, the foam prevents moisture from accessing the wall cavity.
Take a look at the insulation rating chart to see how conventional insulation measures up to foam.
Improve Your Durham Home’s Utility Costs with Spray Insulation
If your home’s utility costs are more than you think is reasonable, then the likely culprit is low efficiency due to poor insulation quality. This can be solved quickly with a call to Crawl Space & Basement Technologies. Our experts will inspect your current insulation and determine the best solution for you.