How to Replace Old Insulation

How to Replace Old Insulation

Spring has begun and summer will be here right before we know it. And with Arkansas summers, comes sweltering heat and humidity. Properly installed insulation keeps those blazing hot summer days from entering your home and making your family uncomfortable. Unfortunately, not all insulation can last forever. Whether it has degraded over many years of wear and tear from pests burrowing in the walls, or water damage, there comes a time when replacing your old insulation is a must. This process is not a difficult task (if you know what you are doing) but it can be a time consuming one. The experts at Reeve’s Insulation can get you taken care of and replace your old insulation. What Insulation To Choose? There are many choices whenever it comes to insulation for your home. The Department of Energy recommends cellulose or spray foam insulation because they can be installed without removing the sheetrock on your walls. We have the best of the best spray foam insulation and are experts in installing it as well. Another option that is a more affordable solution is to use fiberglass insulation that can come in batts or rolls. This can be installed by anyone by watching a YouTube video explaining the proper way to install it. It can get very messy with having to replace sheetrock, however. What is R Value? Purchasing insulation with the proper R-Value when replacing your old insulation is incredibly important.  To find the right R-Value you need to consider the following: the climate your building is located in what part of the building you are insulating, how much you...
Does Insulation Help in The Summer?

Does Insulation Help in The Summer?

It’s no secret that summers in Arkansas are hot and humid. Stepping outside feels similar to opening the door to an oven whenever the thick air hits your face. Going inside seems to be the only retreat from the humidity, so the last thing you want is to feel the same sticky and hot air while you are inside the comforts of your home. That is where good insulation comes in and saves the day. Whenever people think of insulating their home, they typically think about keeping their home warm during the harsh winter months. However, the same rule applies to the summer with keeping hot air out and cool air in. The cost of insulating your home may be daunting, but the reality is you will leave more down the road by not having to crank the air conditioning up high all summer long. How Does Insulation work? Like we said above, yes, your insulation does help keep your home toasty in the winter months but also cooled off in the summer months. To break it down, we turned to the Department of Energy, “to understand how insulation works, it helps to understand heat flow, which involves three basic mechanisms — conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the way heat moves through materials, such as when a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Convection is the way heat circulates through liquids and gases, and is why lighter, warmer air rises, and cooler, denser air sinks in your home. Radiant heat travels in a straight line and heats anything...
Is There Such Thing as Too Much Insulation?

Is There Such Thing as Too Much Insulation?

You’ve heard that you can have too much of a good thing, but does that count for insulation in your home too? What would be considered too much and what happens to your home if you do “over do it?” You can insulate every area of your home, one man even built his house entirely out of foam so we aren’t saying you can’t do it. But too much insulation can financially break you. It can also be bad for the environment and for your home. We’re here to help you find the perfect balance between too much and not enough.  Just The Right Amount Your Arkansas home needs to be insulated. We have wet, humid summers and cold, wet winters as well. If your home isn’t properly insulated, you will never be comfortable inside of your house. And the moisture that seems to constantly be in the Arkansas air will seep in and destroy your floors, walls, etc. If you’ve read our blogs, then it’s no secret that insulating your home will save you money down the road. However, if you over insulate you are just wasting your money on resources that are not being used. R-Value Have you heard of “R-Value?” According to The U.S. Department of Energy, “an insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow, measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value — the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness, and its density. The R-value of some insulations also depends on temperature, aging, and moisture accumulation.” Whenever you insulate your...
How Long Will  Spray Foam Insulation Last?

How Long Will Spray Foam Insulation Last?

Insulation is beneficial for commercial and residential properties because it saves you money on your electric bill while keeping your house warm during the winter and cool during the summer. At Reeves Insulation we know that spray foam insulation is a big investment to make your home more energy-efficient. Spray Foam Insulation is a popular choice among homeowners for many reasons, including it is significantly better at keeping your home comfortable. The resistance value, often known as the “R-value,” is the highest available on the market. It also keeps our pests and moisture. Spray Foam Insulation keeps mold from growing as well. So if this insulation is going to save you money and keep your home energy efficient, how long can you expect for it to last?  The short answer is that if your insulation is applied properly by a licensed technician and is maintained properly, it should last for the lifetime of your home. Many decades is not a far-fetched answer.  How Long Does Spray Foam Insulation Last? If you have noticed that your electric bill has gotten significantly more expensive, your insulation may not have been installed properly, or there is a problem that is keeping it from working the way it is supposed to. It is unusual, but your insulation can wear down if it is not taken care of. This means if you have a pest problem that isn’t under control, your insulation could be destroyed. Leaks can also cause damage to your spray foam insulation. And age can also cause your insulation to wear down.  Spray Foam Insulation Lifespan According to The International Association...
Top 5 Reasons Why a Properly Insulated House Saves You Money in The Long Run

Top 5 Reasons Why a Properly Insulated House Saves You Money in The Long Run

The weather outside is frightful, but a properly insulated home is so delightful. When the snow begins to fall and the chilly air is hitting your home, you want to be sure that it doesn;t sneak it’s way inside. Keep your home and family warm this winter with a properly insulated home. You will thank us in the long run whenever your electric and gas bills are lower and your family is still just as warm and cozy as they should be. Whenever your home is properly insulated, your heating unit does not have to work as hard to keep your home warm. If there are cracks in your insulation that allow cold air to sneak in and warm air to escape, your heating system will have to work overtime to keep the house warm and comfortable. This is better for the environment but also better for your pocket book. 1. Save on Utilties On average, Americans spend an additional thousand dollars during the holidays aon gifts alone. That means you do not have the extra money to be spending on your utility bills. Whenever your home is insulated properly, you will save tremendously on your bills. All of that heat that has been slipping through the cracks will stay inside and keep you from additional spending. On average, proper insulation will decrease your utility bills by 30%. 2. Frozen Pipes Whenever a home is not properly insulated, your pipes can get too cold and freeze inside of your walls. If a pipe bursts, this can cause it’s own set of problems. The cost of flood damage and having...
Using a Space Heater This winter? Why It’s Dangerous

Using a Space Heater This winter? Why It’s Dangerous

Do you remember the tragic story of the 5 year old in Northwest Arkansas who died in a home fire caused by a space heater? This little boy was trapped inside of an apartment building as it was up in flames because his space heater caught fire in his bedroom while his family was sleeping. For the Poe family, this is a tragedy that will never be forgotten. According to the NFPA, space heaters are the second leading cause of home fires in the United States and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. “More than half (53 percent) of all home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that began when heating equipment was too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.” These upcoming months are among the coldest months of the year and we know that you want to keep warm and cozy inside of your home. We want to make sure you know the safety measures you need to take in order to avoid space heater fires. What Makes Space Heaters Dangerous? Space heaters are often used alongside your regular central heating system. Many people put them in the rooms of their young children or elderly parents or grandparents who need to be kept warmer than the rest of the family. Space heaters heat the rooms they are in through radiation, convection, or electricity. Radiant heaters warm up the items and people around the heater, while convection heaters circulate hot air throughout the area that it is placed. Radiant heaters can cause items to go up in flames. For...