Why Insulate Your House?
Heating and cooling a home accounts for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American household. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are the leading causes of energy waste in most homes.
At Arrington, we recommend insulation by certified dallas roofers first because it provides equal benefit year round keeping heat inside during winter and heat out during summer. Proper insulation levels will provide a comfortable living environment by maintaining a more uniform temperature throughout the house.
The US Department of Energy minimum requirement of insulation for a new home is R-30 (12” of blown fiberglass) and a recommendation of R-49 (20”) is suggested for North Texas. Prior to insulation installation, we will seal gaps around flues, pipes and chimneys, as well as attic holes in top plates. Additionally, we have a product that forms a sealed insulated tent over attic stair openings so that drafts, dust and heat are controlled around stair openings. These additional steps taken maximize the investment you are making in your new insulation.
Federal Tax Credits Still Available
In effort to drive down the country’s demand for energy, the federal government is offering homeowners tax credits when you add ENERGY STAR approved insulation or build a roof using ENERGY STAR approved shingles. Arrington can help you with both and offers the approved ENERGY STAR approved products.
Tax credits are available until December 31, 2009. Homeowners can receive 10% up to $500 for approved insulation and 10% up to $500 for approved shingles. Homeowners are not eligible for both tax credits. You can only receive up to $500. For more information: call ENERGY STAR at 888-782-7937 or go to http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits
How Insulation Works
Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In winter, the heat moves directly from all heated living spaces to the outdoors and to adjacent unheated attics, garages, and basements - wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the summer, heat moves from outdoors to the house interior.To maintain comfort, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner. Insulating ceilings, walls, and floors decreases the heating or cooling needed by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.
If you are looking for attic insulation in Dallas, Fort Worth and North Texas, please call us at 214-698-8443 or request a complimentary consultation and estimate.