In the 1940′s many of the benefits of insulation were unknown. Coal and natural gas offered low energy costs, air conditioning was indeed rare, and family members tolerated very moderate comfort levels. On April 19th, 1948, Al Hunziker began selling and installing insulation and ventilation products. He succeeded because of faith, hard work and a vision to add more comfort and energy savings to the daily lives of central Illinois residents. Today, Home Comfort Insulation is a four generation business committed to the same vision of the highest insulation performance and comfort. 64 years of know-how has helped us offer uncompromising quality and service at very competitive prices.
Today, with the ever increasing cost of utility bills many homeowners and businesses are looking for ways to save money on energy. We know that heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average home so it makes sense that greatly reducing the time your heating and cooling units operate will significantly reduce the total utility cost.
Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In colder months, this heat flow moves directly from all heated living spaces to adjacent unheated attics, garages, and basements, or to the outdoors; or indirectly through interior ceilings, walls, and floors–wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the summer months, heat flows 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 this heat flow by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.
Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation saves money and our nation’s limited energy resources. It can also make your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house. Walls, ceilings, and floors will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Insulation can also act as a sound absorber or barrier, keeping noise levels down.
Insulation is rated in terms of thermal resistance, called R-value, which indicates the resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value of thermal insulation depends on the type of material, its thickness, and density. In calculating the R-value of a multi-layered installation, the R-values of the individual layers are added. Installing more insulation in your home increases R-value and the resistance to heat flow.
Insulation falls into four categories: (1) loose-fill, (2) blankets (rolls and batts), (3) rigid foam and (4) liquid foam. Loose-fill and blankets are typically used in attics, between roof rafters, in wall cavities of wood-frame homes and between floor joists. Rigid foam insulation usually is applied externally. Liquid foam is most often used in wall cavities or to seal air gaps in a home’s envelope.
When selecting insulation to use in your home, consider the following factors: long-term performance; insulations’ raw materials, including recycled content; environmental impacts from its production; and health impacts to installers and your family.
A properly insulated home offers many benefits—protecting your family from the cold and improving indoor air quality. Because insulation saves energy, you may see savings on your bills this winter. Investing in products to make homes more energy efficient pays significant dividends over a lifetime.
As construction has become more and more energy efficient, it has gotten tighter and tighter. Formerly, escaping heat energy carried accumulated moisture with it. However, with little heat loss there is little moisture loss. Typical moisture creating personal habits in a former less tightly constructed residence may now require a new consciousness. It takes only 4 to 6 pints of water to raise the relative humidity in a tight house from 15% to 60%. OBVIOUSLY, A NEW CONSCIOUSNESS IS NECESSARY FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER.