Insulating materials can be the best way to control your building’s temperature, comfort and humidity levels. Attic insulation can be a necessary form of weatherization in Pittsburgh, PA homes and businesses. We, at Pittsburgh Insulations provide the full range of insulating products, including spray foam insulation and cellulose blown insulation.
Whether it is insulation for garage door or industrial insulation, we are your one stop shop. Compare the benefits of batt or blown products. Lower your energy bills with the best insulating material for residential, commercial or industrial purposes.
Benefits of Insulating Materials
Did you know that 50 to 70% of home energy expenditure is on the operation of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment? Late at night, you might have heard your furnace turn on to warm up the house. Or, when the children leave the front door open, your air conditioning might kick in to reduce the temperature.
Every building is a complicated environment where people move in and out throughout the day. Each home or office has its own air tightness level. What this refers to is the amount of air that is sealed within the building.
If your building is particularly tight, the air will remain within your home at the temperature set by your HVAC system. The problem with extremely tight homes is that having some oxygen move in and out is advisable. There must be some form of air flow between the inside and outside.
Unfortunately, due to this air flow, it is more difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Temperature regulation includes 1. Internal and 2. External. Even within your home, there are different appliances and rooms that have different temperatures (i.e. your oven).
Naturally, heat transfer will occur from hotter things to cooler things. While this creates a well-balanced indoor climate, it can also lead to higher energy bills. Insulating materials can reduce heat transfer, so your building temperature is more stable and consistent.
The other problem is that the outside temperature in Pittsburgh is different than inside your home. In the summer, the hot external air must be cooled and in the winter, it must be heated. Insulation for garage door can improve your building’s heat retention.
Another common weatherization technique is to lay batt or blow attic insulation. Heat rises, so the attic will be where heat will collect. By insulating the attic, you can prevent heat loss and lower your energy bills.
Spray Foam Insulation
Originally, batt insulation might have been made of wool. But, modern fiberglass batt insulation offers superior weatherproofing characteristics for a low price.
Another problem with cellulose is that it weighs more than fiberglass, so we need to consider weight load bearing properties of your structure.
Why is settling so bad?
Have you ever read a cereal box, which said that “settling might occur?” This is when the contents sink to the bottom of the box. The same can occur with cellulose loose fills.
The problem is that this settled or clumped cellulose might leave other areas uninsulated. Of course, this would mitigate the benefits of blown insulation. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) does not settle, sag or clump up.
Some of the most advanced SPF products can expand to fill a space. You can target spaces of high heat loss. Therefore, you will have full insulating coverage.
This SPF also reduces dust and mold growth. This polyurethane spray foam does not attract insects, termites, rodents or birds, who use cellulose for their nests.
Pittsburgh Insulations Delivers Excellent Service
We are experts in insulation removal, service or installation. Using insulating material to weatherproof your building can dramatically lower your energy bills. You might notice the benefits during our cold Pittsburgh winter nights.
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Insulating materials can also be used to control humidity, dampen sound and reinforce your walls. Dramatic temperature changes can cause condensation, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Insulating materials can reduce humidity to prevent mold and mildew growth. Some house walls are hollow and cellulose, fiberglass or foam can be used to fill in gaps.
How Insulating Materials Work
The feathers in a winter down coat trap air, which is heated up by your body. Insulating materials work on the same premise – small cells within cellulose, fiberglass and spray foam collect air, so they have low thermal conductivity.
Our Pittsburgh Insulating Services
Our comprehensive Pittsburgh Insulation services can lower your energy bill and improve your comfort. We provide the following insulating services:
● Attic Insulation Installation
● Blown in Wall Insulation
● Industrial Insulation
● Insulation for Garage Door
● Insulation Removal
We work with a variety of insulating materials and techniques.
Types of Insulating Materials
We, at Pittsburgh Insulation, recommend that different insulating materials are used for different areas: attic, windows, garage doors, walls and crawl spaces. The size of the area will determine whether batt insulation or blown insulation is preferable. Our goal is to optimize your building’s comfort by creating a consistent temperature throughout.
Insulating materials continue to become more advanced as insulation contractors rate the products. Then, the manufacturers use the insulation contractors advice to improve their products. There are 4 primary ways in which insulating materials are installed:
Basically, fiberglass batt insulation is in a rectangular shape, which is ideal for walls. For an entire attic, you might choose fiberglass rolls. Blown in wall insulation might be better for older homes, where it is difficult to access certain locations. And, spray foam insulation does not have the same settling issues as cellulose.
Choosing the Right Insulation
So, how do you choose the right insulating material and technique? The differences between materials include cost, thermal conductivity and decomposition rate. While cellulose (oftentimes made of recycled newspapers) is a very good insulator, it also might be more prone to molding and pests.
Cellulose Blown Insulation
Some older homes simply used newspapers for insulation. These were cheap and in plentiful supply. It was also eco-friendly.
The cellulose blown insulation market continues to offer more advance products. Each has its own special characteristics to mitigate a perceived problem. Here are the basic 4 x loose-fill cellulose products you can choose from:
- Dry Cellulose Loose Fill
The dry cellulose loose fill consists of recycled newspapers. It is especially useful for older homes – we can blow the cellulose through holes in the walls. This loose fill technique might lead to settling.
- Spray Applied Cellulose
Pittsburgh Spray Foam Insulation. For brand new construction, insulation contractors will use spray applied cellulose. This is a partially wet solution to reduce settling problems (it includes chlorine to prevent mold growth). This must dry before it is sealed.
- Stabilized Cellulose
Stabilized cellulose is better for attics, sloped roof tops and crawl spaces. This also uses water as an adhesive to reduce settling.
- Low Dust Cellulose
Many of the other techniques create a lot of dust. Therefore, some property owners prefer low dust cellulose, which uses an oil to reduce dust.