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WBI Insulation
Albion, MI

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WBI Insulation in Albion, MI explains why installing insulation is a smart choice for your property value, yearly expenses and physical comfort. Don’t hesitate to contact us directly to ask a question of
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What is Thermal Imaging?

WBI Insulation uses a thermal imager to scan your home. The thermal imager shows major temperature differences in your home. Hot areas will show up red while cold areas are blue. You can watch us perform this scan, and can receive pictures of your home for you to review. This is one of the best ways to detect your insulation and sealing needs. Most attics show a red hue because of heat loss. Most window frames and basement/crawl spaces tend to show red as well.

How do I know how much insulation or sealing my home needs? 

WBI Insulation will cover many different options with you. We will help you determine the costs and different levels of insulation. Remember, even a few upgrades will make a positive impact on
your home.

If I can only afford a little, what area will have the biggest impacts?

Adding insulation to your attic is the number one thing to do. This is the major heat loss area in your home. 30 to 40% of your heat is lost through a poorly insulated attic. Depending on the level of insulation needed, it can be one of the least expensive areas to insulate.

The second most important area to insulate is the sealing of the floor joists above your foundation in your basement or crawl space. Drafting across your floors and cold air blowing into your homes comes from this area. If you can see light coming in from outside above your foundation, you can understand why this area should be sealed.

How long will WBI Insulation be in my home? 

Most jobs take less than one day. Installing insulation behind siding can become a day project by itself. So a complete job of your home from top to bottom may take two days, but the norm is one day or less. If you only update the insulation in your attic, that job can often be completed in four to
six hours.

What is R-Value, and why is it important? 

R-value is a measure of how much Resistance insulation provides against heat loss. Different parts of your home need different R-value levels to meet code and keep your home comfortable and efficient. Does your home feel cold in the winter, and too hot in the summer, despite a constantly running air conditioner? This is often a sign of too little R-value in your walls, basement and attic. We can correct this!

How does insulation work?

By adding insulation to empty air spaces, the heat can’t pass through as easily and is trapped in air pockets in the insulation. The more insulation you have, the less warm or cool air is lost out of your home. In 2009, Michigan adopted the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This new code increased the insulation requirements for Michigan.

So, most homes before this point are not insulated up to the present code. For example; most homes have no insulation in their basement or crawl space, and many only have R11 in the walls and R19 in the attic. After 2009, the state requirement for the basement/crawl space increased to R19. Walls are now required at least R20 and the attics need R38. These are minimum requirements, and with today’s technology higher R values are easy to accomplish. 

The more insulation you have in your attic, the less heat is lost through your ceiling, and the less air is pulled into your home.

What is R-Value?

An R-value indicates insulation’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation effectiveness.

The R-value depends on the type of insulation and includes its material, thickness, and density. When calculating the R-value of a multilayered installation, add the R-values of the individual layers. Installing more insulation in your home increases the R-value and the resistance to heat flow.

The effectiveness of an insulation's resistance to heat flow also depends on how and where the insulation is installed. For example, insulation that is compressed will not provide its full rated R-value. The overall R-value of a wall or ceiling will be somewhat different from the R-value of the insulation itself because some heat flows around the insulation through the studs and joists. Therefore, it's important to properly install your insulation to achieve the maximum R-value.

The amount of insulation or R-value you'll need depends on your climate, type of heating and cooling system, and the section of the house you plan to insulate. For more information, see our information on adding insulation to an existing house or insulating a new house.