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Is the insulation in your home fire damaged or water damaged? Is it contaminated with smoke smell, rodent droppings, bird waste, insects, or other foreign material? Is it in such bad shape that you just want a clean slate and start over? If so, this could seriously effect your air conditioning unit causing excessively high electric bills.
We can vacuum out all of your old insulation and then install fresh new insulation. Extraction prices vary per job; starting from just $0.75/ SF. Factors that effect the price include access, material, quantity, disposal, and the condition.
Rolled Batt Insulation
Batt insulation consists of long rolls of insulation fibers, which are held together with a paper or reflective foil backing. The insulation fibers may be comprised of fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool or even recycled blue jeans. While rolled batting works well for expansive spaces, it does not fill tight, awkward spaces well — regardless of material. A professional installer will need to tailor bits of insulation to fit around framing and electrical junction boxes, where it’s easy to leave voids.
- Best for: Attics with standard spacing of joists, new construction free of obstructions or existing insulation
- R-value (resistance to heat flow) per inch:
- Fiberglass: 2.9 – 4.3
- Cellulose: 3.7 – 3.8
- Mineral wool: 3.0 – 3.3
- Cotton: 3.7 – 3.8
- Average cost: $2,091
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is applied as a liquid and quickly expands almost 100 times its size into a thick foam that fits snugly in wall cavities, crevices and gaps—ensuring no missed areas.
Additionally, it can be installed in hard-to-reach areas, and around piping and wiring. Spray foam insulation can help:
- Eliminate air leaks
- Reduce your energy bills and maximize the energy efficiency of your home or building
- Make your home or building more comfortable year round
- Reduce noises from both outside and inside, between different rooms and levels
- Improve the performance of your HVAC systems
- Contribute to a healthier environment
Thermal Imaging Reveals Missing Insulation
Ecosystems provides thermal imaging services to detect missing insulation. A “Thermal Imaging” Camera is use to detect defects in your home insulation. Using the differences in drywall temperatures, the camera paints a picture of how your insulation is performing. It is non-destructive, allowing you to see inside walls in attic without damaging drywall. Combined with a physical attic inspection it is a great way to assess the
- Missing insulation left by remodelers where ceiling was removed
- Missing insulation on knee walls
- Detects Air Conditioning duct leaks
- Shows if the builder forgot to insulate walls
- Identifies un-insulated wall cavities
According to APS, “A leaky duct system can cost up to $200 per year.”. Most homes will benefit greatly from a thorough duct seal. Attic ductwork often exhibit poorly sealed connections or disconnected ducts. Blowing conditioned air directly into your attic or pulling in hot air from your attic is wasting money. It’s like when one of your $4 spark plugs goes out on your car, it still runs and you may not notice, just not very efficiently and waste money.
Duct seals include:
- Removing old dried out duct tape and broken straps, then replacing with specialized foil tape or Panduit straps (zip-ties)
- Sealing of collar rings, hard duct seams, plenums, and distribution boxes with an approved mastic.
- Caulking of interior registers between drywall and the metal ductwork.
- Replacing corroded metal ductwork and deteriorated flex duct (parts are extra).
- Re-strapping suspended ducts if needed
- Taping serviceable areas of air conditioner.
- Cleaning out debris from overflow condensate pan.
- Inspect for holes
Blown-in (aka blow-in) insulation is loose fill material installed using a truck mounted or portable machine and blown into the attic through a hose. Blown-in is used for new constuction and retrofitting existing attics with additional insulation. R-values for blown-in are determined by the material, installed/settled depth, and density. See below for Homeowner vs. Installer benefits for cellulose and fiberglass.
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of sure signs that your home is under-insulated. Does your Air Conditioning unit run constantly? Does your power bill seem to fluctuate dramatically throughout the different seasons? Does your ceiling feel warm in the summer, and cold in the winter? These are all possible indications of insufficient insulation.
Absolutely! Many people underestimate how cold the valley gets during the winter, not to mention the high country! Anytime you are running the heating/air-conditioning, you could be losing climate controlled air due to a lack of insulation.
We like to have at least three days notice, but during the busy times of year (early and mid-summer) we recommend giving us as much notice as possible so that we can get you on the schedule.
This depends on the ease of access to the service area and the amount of insulation to be installed. Most installations can take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
R-value is the rating given which indicates how well the insulation resists heat transfer. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulating properties.
In most cases, no! Most of the heat loss takes place through the ceiling and floors. However, in some situations where our customers are trying to soundproof or otherwise insulate a room or house, we drill small holes in the drywall that can then be repaired after we complete the installation. We do not perform drywall repairs, but are happy to recommend a great drywall company.