Common Insulation Issues in Arizona Homes
When an Arizona home is not fitted with the proper insulation, you end up paying more in cooling and heating costs and are forced to deal with some rooms retaining more heat than others. At AEA, we identify and solve common insulation issues so your home stays comfortable and affordable to keep cool or warm.
The most common insulation issues we find are:
- Compressed fiberglass batts
- Cellulose that has been blown in improperly
- Bridged areas near arches and soffits
- Blowback caused by winds
Insulation must extend all the way to the space being conditioned to be effective. When there are gaps, hot air can migrate to the conditioned space more quickly, forcing your cooling system to work harder. Since insulation slows (rather than stops) the transfer of heat, every inch of insulation can make a big difference in your home’s comfort level.
Insulation Types and Applications for Your Home
Once you have your insulation problems diagnosed by a professional, you should look over the different solutions available. Our types of insulation include:
- Blown-in Cellulose/Fiberglass: With this type of insulation, dense layers of cellulose are literally blown into place to prevent gaps. With cellulose insulation, you have protection for the extremes of all seasons. Some types of insulation will buckle in the hottest or coldest climates, but cellulose demonstrates a superior range.
- Foam Insulation: This option is prized for its versatility. With foam insulation, you can solve gaps and air leaks in nearly any home. Foam can target hard-to-reach places in even the oldest homes, making it the de facto option for many families.
- Batt Insulation: Typically sold in pre-cut panels, you may need to have sections specially trimmed for the best fit. This can be somewhat tedious work in a hot attic, and with a quality alignment valued at a premium here, it pays to pay someone else to do this job. A slight misalignment can take an R-30 down to R-7 for a given area.
The type of insulation you choose should be influenced by the specific application. For example, you will want one type of insulation for a residential home while preferring another for a commercial or agricultural property. AEA has solutions for any application you need improved.
How to Proceed – AZ FOAM PRO’s Insulation Solutions
Before you start deciding which type of insulation is best for an application, you need an accurate diagnosis of your home’s insulation needs. AEA provides specialized Home Energy Inspections and Energy Audits for Arizona homes, allowing you to get a clear picture of your home’s insulation deficit. Our 20-point home performance checklist gives us the information we need to identify and address issues in energy loss and poor air quality.
Over time, even the best insulation systems need revamping to make sure the R-value remains high. The AEA Energy Audit is the best way to identify problems in air gaps and poor ventilation – problems which can add up to higher cooling costs and a drop in the overall comfort level of your home. Before you consider investing in any other repair that promises to fix your hot room or high energy bill, get an Energy Audit and discover the root of your home’s insulation troubles, if there are any.