Q. Is insulation expensive?
A. Insulation is a lot less expensive than most people think. In most cases you are able to recover what you spend on insulating your attic in about two years with the savings on your heating and cooling bills.
Q. What area of my house should I insulate?
A. Insulating your attic is the best place to start. You lose nearly half of your energy in your home through your attic. If your home was built before 1960 you should check the walls for insulation. Insulation should be installed in other areas of your home such as basement walls and sills, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, floors over garages or porches, and knee walls.
Q. How much insulation should I have?
A. In Missouri and Illinois it is recommended by the Department of Energy that your attic have an R-49 and your walls have an R-18. If your home was built as few as 5 years ago, it is probably among the more than 46 million homes in the U.S. that Harvard University says are under insulated by today’s minimum standards.
Q. What is R-Value?
A. R-Value is how insulation is measured and sold. “R” is the resistance to heat flow. The number is the depth of insulation. The higher the R-Value the better. The Federal Trade Commission dictates that all insulation is sold by R-Value and not by the inch. Selling insulation by the inch is deceptive and subjects the seller to a $10,000.00 fine for doing so.
Q. How do I know how much insulation I already have?
A. If it is blown in use a ruler to measure how much loose fill insulation you have. If you have less than ten inches of insulation you need more.
Q. Are there different types of insulation?
A. Insulation comes in several forms. We handle blown in cellulose and fiberglass insulation, fiberglass and mineral wool batts, rigid foam board, and reflective barriers. Cellulose insulation can be blown into attics and walls. Blown in fiberglass is installed in to your attic. Batt insulation can be installed into ceiling and walls. Foam board and reflective barriers have special purposes.
Q. If I am adding more insulation to my attic do I need to remove the old insulation?
A. No, you do not. Your current insulation does have some insulating qualities and should be taken into consideration when adding more insulation to your attic. We usually only remove insulation when it has been damaged by water or smoke.
Q. Are any insulating products made of recycled material?
A. Cellulose insulation hast the highest post-consumer recycled content. The cellulose industry averages a minimum of 75% recycled content, while the fiberglass industry averages 35% recycled content.
Q. Are there tax credits available?
A. Yes, the Energy Tax Credit ending December 31, 2011, is 10% up to $500 if credit has not been previously claimed for more than $500.
Q. Do you offer financing?
A. We participate in the Laclede Gas financing program. For qualified borrowers, you may borrow up to $2000.00 at 3% interest and repay the money with your Laclede Gas bill each month. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card.