Colorado Insulation Golden Denver
Efficiency Revolution installs insulation in Golden and Denver Colorado homes to help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Missing or inadequate insulation is one of the biggest reasons for energy loss in most Colorado homes.
How much attic insulation is needed in Colorado? Insulation levels are measured as “R values.” The higher the R value number, the better the insulation level. R 49 to R 60 attic insulation levels (about 16.5 to 20 inches of insulation) are recommended in Colorado.
Fiberglass vs Cellulose insulation
Blown fiberglass insulation is by far the most common attic insulation type for a lot of reasons. Why is fiberglass insulation better than cellulose insulation? Fiberglass is less dusty than cellulose, there are fewer chemical additives, fiberglass doesn’t smolder if exposed to a heat source like your furnace or water heater exhaust pipe (aka flue), and it won’t compress your existing insulation, unlike cellulose insulation. Cellulose insulation is very dense (heavy), so if cellulose is added on top of fiberglass, we have to add a lot more to account for compression of the existing insulation and settling. This is a waste of resources and money. Fiberglass insulation does not settle after application, while cellulose typically settles 2-4 inches within just a year. Why would you want cellulose when its performance decreases over time? Cellulose insulation also has chemical additives, typically borate salts and / or ammonium sulfate, which irritate the eyes and skin of people who come into contact with it. This makes it unpleasant to work with. Older fiberglass products made skin “itchy,” but newer formulations have improved to the point where this effect is hardly noticeable. Additionally, if someone needs to work on electrical boxes under the insulation in the future, it is more difficult to move cellulose out of the way because it is so finely chopped, it’s almost like a fine powder, which releases lots of dust every time it’s moved.
Finally, because cellulose is so heavy, there is a greater chance of your ceiling developing cracks or collapsing, especially if the drywall wasn’t installed with enough screws or nails. One of the most popular brands of cellulose states that the density is 1.8 pounds per square foot at R 49, which is 180 pounds in a 10 x 10 ft area. Compare this with fiberglass insulation, which is only 0.7 pounds per square foot at R 49, or 70 pounds in a 10 x 10 area. If you have a roof leak, cellulose will absorb more than its own weight in water, dramatically increasing the chances of a ceiling collapse. Fiberglass doesn’t absorb nearly as much water.
In addition to improving comfort, adding more insulation to your Colorado home will help lower heating and cooling bills and improve your home’s resale value.
Crawlspaces and Basements
The living space above your Colorado crawlspace is often cold because crawlspaces are typically poorly insulated, or the crawlspace is not insulated at all. We can fix that problem and make your house warmer in the winter. See the photos below for an example of the work we typically do on crawlspaces.
Insulating Framed Walls
Efficiency Revolution are experts at insulating existing framed walls. We drill holes in the wall, and pack in blown insulation through a tube. This can be done from the inside or outside of the house. Walls with brick on the outside need to be insulated from the inside.
Call us today at (303) 868-6653 to learn more or schedule an appointment.