Do You Need Insulation Installation for Energy Efficiency?
It is very possible that solar energy solutions combined with increased insulation will give you the best return on investment. The inclusion of good insulation boosts the energy efficiency of a structure, especially older construction. Insulation typically takes a few hours to install and may help to save on utility costs very quickly.
With the popularity of Florida block home construction, styrofoam insulation that is blown into the exterior block of your house is the perfect fit. This styrofoam insulation creates a seal that keeps the air you want in, and the air you want out.
Often we recommend an attic insulation upgrade be done at the same time a solar attic fan is installed. These two additions to your energy and money saving arsenal are a low cost way to get started towards your goal of a green home.
Another option is loose blown-in insulation by Green Fiber, made with cellulose, which is environmentally friendly. You may prefer Owens Corning or CertainTeed fiberglass blanket insulation, but keep in mind this is typically used for new construction.
If you have found that your heating or cooling system seems to run more than you think it should, it may be a good idea to consider upgrading your insulation. We have found that some older homes in the area have very little insulation, or sometimes none at all!
Please do not be misled by companies who want to sell you a complete replacement of your existing insulation. The smart way to retrofit a home is to upgrade the insulation that is already there. We recommend that you keep the process basic by simply increasing your thermal rating.
For our climate zone of Florida, a thermal rating of R30-R60 is recommended. Unfortunately some builders skimp by only providing the required minimum of R19 (6 1/2 inches). Contact Wayne's Solar if you have questions about how to achieve a well-insulated home or commercial property.
We will consult with you on how to best increase your structure's energy efficiency. We can also provide you with more information about green home upgrades such as solar hot water heaters, solar pool heaters, variable speed pool pumps, tubular skylights, or solar electric systems.