Frequently Asked Questions About Insulation
Do you have questions about insulation? Stevens Insulation has answers! Below are answers to common concerns and questions we hear from our customers.
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, be sure to check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency to see if you qualify for any insulation rebates.
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.
The amount of insulation needed varies depending on location, building type and materials. We can provide more information about the recommended R-Value once we discuss your project scope. This map from ENERGYSTAR shows the recommended insulation levels for retrofitting projects.
Yes. Airborne noises such as conversation, running appliances, electronic devices and household equipment carry and echo through walls, ceilings and floors. Sound control insulation has the ability to drastically reduce such atmospheric interference, leaving rooms much quieter. According to ENERGY STAR, insulating your home can reduce the noise from outside your house as well as make it harder for pollen, dust and insects into your home. It also allows for better humidity control and may lower 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.
There are a few types of insulation materials to choose from, such as fiberglass insulation, cellulose and spray foam. They each have its own set of pros and cons. The insulation type we will recommend will depend on the scope of your project.
Air sealing means sealing the cracks, crevices and other areas in your home that may be leaking air. We typically seal these areas with caulk and foam products.
Every insulation job has its own unique set of requirements, and every homeowner has their own budget. To make an informed decision, it’s important to talk to a knowledgeable insulation expert so you can learn exactly what options are best for you. Your Stevens Insulation team is ready to discuss your project.