The Cost of Heating and Cooling
American consumers spend over $240 billion each year to power their homes. Approximately 41% of that—$98.4 billion—is spent just for heating and cooling. Reducing the amount of energy we use to heat and cool our homes presents a tremendous opportunity for individual financial savings while decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By making our homes more energy efficient, everyone wins!
Insulation Beyond the Building Codes
As an insulation, it’s our job to help our customers save energy. That’s why we developed the All in One System™ of high efficiency insulation. Instead of installing the bare minimum and insulating only for heat transfer through conduction, our holistic approach to insulating saves energy by specifically and intentionally addressing all three methods of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Typical building codes require certain R-values of conductive insulation be installed in specific areas of the house. A house may pass code inspection because it has an R-30 in the ceiling, R-13 in the walls and an R-19 in the crawl space, but this does relatively little to make the home truly energy efficient because only one aspect of heat transfer—conduction—has been addressed. Building codes are beginning to step up energy efficiency by requiring new homes to be air sealed but while this does help prevent heat transfer through convection, it still does nothing to address radiant heat transfer—the most prolific form of heat transfer on the planet. Our system goes beyond the building codes and saves energy by specifically targeting radiant heat transfer as a primary cause of an inefficient home.
The All in One System – Insulation for Conduction, Convection and Radiation
So how, you might wonder, does this system work? While the products that we use are high quality, environmentally responsible products, the “magic” isn’t in the products but rather in our systematic, purposeful application of those products. First, we air seal the exterior shell of the building to prevent unwanted air infiltration (convection). We then install an environmentally friendly, fiberglass insulation to reduce heat transfer through conduction. Lastly, and most importantly, we encapsulate the attic with a highly efficient reflective insulation—a radiant barrier—applied specifically to protect the home against radiant heat transfer. Our system air seals the attic while allowing the underside of the roof to be continually vented. This application of the radiant barrier prevents radiant heat from entering the attic during the summer and prevents the heat from escaping through the attic in the winter. Capping the attic also prevents convection from taking place throughout the house. Since the conditioned air cannot escape through the attic, the unconditioned outside air cannot force its way into the home. This virtually eliminates drafts and produces a much more comfortable, energy efficient home.
The All in One System™ is the most advanced, energy-saving, whole-house insulation system available. Contact us today and let us show you how efficient your home can be.