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4 Things to Consider Before Insulating

July 8, 2017

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Before insulating can begin, your building needs to be ready. Whether you are re-installing insulation to an old home or getting ready to add insulation to a new building, there are a few things to consider:

The Reeves Insulation team has over 30 years of experience in insulation and home efficiency. If you think your home has an insulation problem, call us for an energy audit. Save money on gas and electricity and make your home a little more environmentally friendly with proper insulation.

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1. Is your building at the right stage of construction?

The foundation has been poured, the framing and siding of your building is standing tall and all the mechanical systems are in place. It’s now time to add insulation.

We add insulation to a new home after the plumbing, electricity and ventilation has been installed. With all these things in place, we now have a better understanding of how the air will flow through the building. We are also aware of places that need extra insulation or sealant. Before insulating, make sure you’re at the right spot in construction.

2. Do you know where your home needs insulation?

If you are restoring an old building that might need additional insulation, the best thing you can do is consult a trusted expert—like us! An efficiency audit can tell you where your building has cracks or leaks that will affect your insulation’s ability to keep the interior at a comfortable temperature.

Getting an efficiency audit up front is the best way to save money on your home re-insulation. Don’t waste money putting your high R-Value insulation where it is least needed. An audit can tell you where your home has air leaks, where you have ventilation issues and which parts of your home needs more insulation than others. Make the smart choice - call us to inspect before insulating.

3. Are you going to use your attic for storage?

If your attic is finished enough to hold boxes, there might not be enough room to add the amount of insulation you need. By limiting your insulation to be only between the floor and wall joists you are also limiting the amount of insulation you can use.

In Arkansas, it is recommended that wooden homes use insulation rated between R-30 and R-60 in the attic. Blown-in cellulose is a popular choice for those looking to maximize roof insulation. Make sure you consider even the possibility of using your attic space for something else before insulating it.

4. Have you got safety gear to wear?

The Reeves Insulation team doesn’t wear full body suits and masks because we hope to be mistaken for the ghostbusters one day. Insulation should not come in contact with your skin. It’s important that you avoid breathing in any insulation. Even if you aren’t using blown-in insulation, wear a mask. You might not be able to see the insulation fibers in the air, there is still a risk of getting the material in your lungs.

If you are doing your own insulation, safety should be your first priority. Protect your eyes with safety goggles, wear a mask over your nose and mouth, and wear clothing to cover all of your skin. For more information on insulating your home, visit our blog here.

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Reeves Insulation has been in business, in the Batesville area, for over 30 years offering insulation, replacement windows, air sealing, and weatherization. Owner, Marvin Reeves started in the general contracting industry and his background has transferred over to Insulation and Home Energy Conservation, providing homeowners and businesses energy efficiency services to lower energy bills. Our business is family owned and operated and our goal is to provide you the best job at an affordable cost.