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Attic Insulation

The Department of Energy recommends an R-value of 38 (or about 10 inches of cellulose) for attic insulation in the Chicago area. Properly installing attic insulation has many benefits. Insulation can keep your home both warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In addition, reducing air filtration can greatly reduce energy consumption. In fact, attic insulation generally pays for itself in about a year through savings in utility bills. Another, often looked over, benefit of insulation is soundproofings. Insulation can reduce the disturbance of outside noice.

Blown-in cellulose

Attic with blown-in cellulose

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Attic Fan Installation

Attic Fans help to pull hot air out of an attic. This can help to prolong the life of a roof and help to lower air conditioning costs.

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Crawl Space Insulation

To insulate crawl spaces, we place fiberglass batts in the floor of the home. The insulation is generally held in place by metal rods. In addition, water pipes and heating ducts are wrapped.

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Fiberglass Batts

Fiberglass batts are a popular insulation option for new construction, room additions, or building rehabilitation. This procedure is completed before the installation of drywall.

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Insulation Removal

In the case of raccoon or smoke damage, insulation may need to be removed. We use a special machine to vacuum old insulation out of the attic. For raccoon damage, the attic is then sprayed with a disinfectant.

Removing attic insulation

Bag holding removed insulation

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Wall Insulation

Properly insulating the exterior walls of your home has many benefits. Most importantly, wall insulation can reduce air filtration and energy loss. Other benefits include the prevention or stopping of mold problems, warmer walls, and soundproofing. For homes built before the 1980's, reinsulating walls is especially important. Before this time, walls were insulated with very poor products and procedures. In fact, some older homes lack wall insulation completely.

Walls can be insulated from either the inside or outside of a home. From the inside, holes are drilled straight through the drywall, while from the outside holes are drilled either in the mortar between bricks or by lifting and drilling underneath vinyl or aluminum siding. In either situation, the procedure is relatively the same. Two rows of 1-inch holes (about the size of a nickel) are drilled into the wall. One row is toward the top the wall, and the other is about 3 feet from the floor. Cellulose insulation is then blown through a hose and into the wall. Finally, a plug is used to seal each hole, and (in the case of inside installation) a layer of wall compound is applied. For walls built with 2x4's, this process generally provided an R-value around 15.

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Wet Spray Cellulose

Wet spray cellulose is an effective insulation option for new construction, room additions, or building rehabilitation. This procedure is completed before the installation of drywall. Cellulose insulation is mixed with water and sprayed onto the wall. Then, the insulation is made flush with the studs. Wet spray cellulose has proven a superior alternative to fiberglass batts for wall insulation.

Wet Spray

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