How to Know it’s Time to Replace Home Insulation

How to Know it’s Time to Replace Home Insulation

How’s the insulation in your house?   If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you have absolutely no idea. After all, the insulation is behind the walls or in the attic. You don’t spend a lot of time in those places!   Unfortunately, what you don’t know may hurt you. If you don’t have the right home insulation, you could be spending lots of extra money heating and cooling your house.   Here’s how to know it’s time to replace your insulation.   Your Second Floor is Too Hot or Cold Do you dread going upstairs because it’s never comfortable up there? It’s a common problem, but it’s not something you have to put up with!   If you struggle with problems keeping the upper floors the correct temperature – or if you have specific rooms that seem to never be warm or cool enough – have a professional inspect your insulation and see if it needs to be replaced.   Inconsistent Indoor Temperature Does the comfort of your home vary from day to day – and seem suspiciously related to the outside weather? If so, you probably have problems with your home insulation.   You may be able to have a professional add additional insulation, or you may need the old material removed and replaced. Only an energy audit can give you the answer you need.   High Energy Bills If there are leaks in your insulation and outside air is getting in, your heater and air conditioner have to work extra hard. This takes a lot of energy, which costs a lot of money.   As a...
Understanding Insulation Terms – R-Value and More

Understanding Insulation Terms – R-Value and More

Choosing proper insulation for your home is essential, but when you research the options you may feel over your head. Insulation, like many industries, has a lot of specialized language.   Fortunately, the terms aren’t hard to understand. Here are some of the words and abbreviations you’ll hear most often as you research and choose the best insulation for your home. From C-value to R-value, here’s what you need to know!   First Things First: R-Value When you look at insulation options, the first thing you’ll hear about is the R-value. This measures the thermal resistance of a material – in other words, a high value means a greater effectiveness insulating your home or business.   The R-value is impacted by the type of material, how thick it is, and how dense it is. Proper insulation will be installed at the appropriate thickness required to get you the best resistance value possible.   Generally, the higher the resistance value the higher the cost of the insulation. As a result, most people have to balance effectiveness and price.   Heat Penetration: K-Value Although it’s not mentioned as often, the K-value of an insulation is also important. It measures how easily heat and cold can move through the insulation, regardless of how thick it is. The K-value may also be called the K-factor.   As a result, you’re looking for a low K-value when you examine different insulation options. The lower the K-value, the better job the product does in preventing heat and cooling flow through the material, causing energy loss in your home.   The K-value is closely related to...
What Is R-Value And What Do I Need To Insulate My Home?

What Is R-Value And What Do I Need To Insulate My Home?

Summer is upon us and for most of the world, that means rising temperatures and soaring energy bills. Fight back this year by updating the insulation in your home.   You may be thinking, “I already have insulation why would I put more in or redo what I have”.   Well, that is a great question with an even better answer. The simple version is to save money.   Factors such as how old your home is, or what level of code the builder used when insulating your home can make a big difference in your energy efficiency.   If your home is older your insulation could have settled over time causing its effectiveness at retarding heat or blocking cold could be reduced. Or if there are holes in the outside moisture could have gotten in over time and causes mildew to form and reduce your home’s efficiency.   Depending on where you live your home could have more or less insulation based on your local and state codes. Remember those regulations are minimums set. There is no reason you can’t increase the insulation in your home to have better energy efficiency.   The amount of effectiveness your insulation has is called an R-Value. The R-Value is based on how much heat the insulation can block. The thicker the insulation the higher the R-Value.   Heat moves from warm areas to cold. So if you are trying to heat your home in the winter your heat will try to find ways to the coldest parts of your home such as your attic or even outside if it can find...
How To Make a Room Feel More Cozy

How To Make a Room Feel More Cozy

The team at Reeves Insulation, LLC knows a thing or two about how to properly insulate a building to keep the interior temperature comfortable. The R Value inside the walls isn’t the only thing that makes a room feel cozy and comfortable. Here are a few tips on how you can make your room look as cosy as it feels. 1. Use Layers. Layering things like the light sources in the room, the rugs, and any textured decor will give your room a cozy feel to it. To layer lighting try and give your room more than just one source of light. Keep the lighting at eye level and at varying degrees of usefulness. Fairy lights are a charming way to add a delicate layer of light to a room. A lamp is the perfect way to create a cozy, functional reading space. A fireplace might be the most cozy element any room can have. It gives off warm lighting and functions as a heat source during cold winter months, which could help if the R value in your home is not up to par. What is R Value you ask? Go here to see what it’s all about, and how R value can affect your home.  2. Texture. Texture brings charm and cozyness to a room the same way layers do. Fill the room with throws, pillows, wallpaper, decor and more. The best and easiest way to add texture to a room? Throws. If the room feels like it needs something simple to make it more cozy, add a throw somewhere. Add several throws, depending on the size and functionality...
Home Insulation Efficiency Tips for Cold Weather

Home Insulation Efficiency Tips for Cold Weather

How is your home insulation holding up? Get an professional inspection from the team at Reeves Insulation and see if you can save more on your utility bills. Here are a few tips for making your home more efficient during cold weather seasons. And before you start, make sure you visit this blog here, to make sure you’re good to go on 4 important things to consider before insulating.  Windows Your windows are a great place to start making your home more energy efficient and testing your home insulation. They are not insulated like the walls of your home and often have leaky edges. Check the caulk around your window and look for efficient weatherstripping. Despite being an insulation weak-spot, your windows can actually help you get your desired indoor temperature. Take advantage of the warmth of the sun by opening the curtains of your south facing windows during the day. Doors Stop a draft from coming under your door by installing weatherstripping to your door jambs. Place a draft stopper at the foot of your door. It might seem like a small change to make, but it will be all the difference to your cold feet. Thermostats and your Home Insulation Homeowners everywhere are saving big on their utility bills by installing programmable thermostats. They make it easy for you to use your heat wisely. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, set a reminder to turn down the heat when you leave your home. Lights Recessed lights to cause gaps in your home insulation. Even if the light is warm to touch, it is still letting the cold...
Should You Have a Home Energy Audit?

Should You Have a Home Energy Audit?

Here are a few reasons to schedule a Home Energy Audit from Reeves Insulation today! 1. Wasting energy is costing you money. The most obvious reason to get your home audited for energy efficiency is to save money. Utility bills aren’t cheap. Especially in the hot, humid Arkansas summer. You want to make sure all the precious cool air that your air conditioner is working so hard to fill the house with, stays in the house. 2. It’s important to keep your home at a comfortable interior temperature. The temperature of your home can affect your sleep, productivity and mood. Everyone has specific temperature preferences for sleeping, studying and working. That’s why it’s so important to create an ideal environment inside your home. One of the best ways to find an ideal interior temperature AND save money is to invest in a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can be set to turn on and off depending on when you will be home and when you will be out. This saves money by only controlling the temperature when you are home. This means you avoid wasting precious cool or warm air on an empty house. 3. Avoid wasting money on efficiency upgrades you don’t need. Having your home audited by professional will tell you exactly where your home is losing energy. You can invest in better windows, more insulation and new energy efficient appliances. Without a certified professional you don’t know what your home really needs to be most energy efficient. Get the most out of your energy saving budget. A professional energy audit will help you determine what to invest...