Technician installing new blown-in insulation


Upgrade Insulation and Save Money

Why Insulation Matters

Proper insulation is pivotal in maintaining an optimal home environment. It ensures comfort, promotes energy efficiency, and is a crucial element for any sustainable home. In older houses, insulation may be inadequate or even absent, leading to fluctuating indoor temperatures and inflated energy bills. However, it’s not just older homes that need to pay attention to their insulation. Even relatively new homes can benefit from insulation remediation due to factors like rodent contamination.

Collage showing old, compressed and rodent-contaminated insulation

Upgrade for Better Insulation

Insulation effectiveness is measured by an “R” value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation’s thermal resistance, and the more effectively it keeps the temperature in your home stable. Modern homes in San Diego typically have insulation rated at R-38, which substantially minimizes heat exchange between your home’s interior and the outside world.

Upgrading your insulation can enhance its R-value, leading to numerous benefits. In winter, a higher R-value ensures that less heat escapes your home, meaning your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the house warm. The same principle applies during summer, when upgraded insulation keeps the outside heat at bay, allowing your air conditioner to function more efficiently.

Insulation Remediation: A Solution for Rodent Contamination

While a low R-value can be a reason for insulation remediation, rodent contamination is another common issue. Rodents, such as rats or mice, can infiltrate your attic, damaging your insulation by chewing through it and contaminating it with their waste. This not only decreases the insulation’s effectiveness, but it also poses significant health risks as rodent droppings can spread diseases like Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, and Salmonellosis.

Rodent contaminated insulation

Replacing contaminated insulation is crucial. Not only does it restore your home’s R-value, but it also safeguards your family’s health by eliminating the risk of disease. It’s essential to choose an insulation remediation provider that guarantees safe, effective removal and replacement of your old insulation.

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Insulation

The benefits of upgrading your insulation or replacing contaminated insulation go beyond just comfort and health. Here’s what you stand to gain:

  1. Reduced Energy Costs: Better insulation means less reliance on your heating or cooling systems, leading to a substantial reduction in your energy costs.
  2. Increased Home Value: Upgraded insulation can increase your home’s value, making it more appealing to potential buyers who prioritize energy efficiency and lower utility bills.
  3. Environmental Responsibility: By reducing your energy consumption, you’re contributing to less greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with global sustainability goals.
  4. Improved Comfort: Higher insulation levels contribute to a more stable, comfortable indoor environment, regardless of the weather outside.
  5. Healthier Living Environment: By replacing rodent-contaminated insulation, you’re ensuring a safer and healthier living space for you and your family.
  6. Longer lasting HVAC Equipment: With better insulation, your heating system undergoes less wear and tear from reduced usage, potentially extending its lifespan and saving costs on maintenance and replacement.

You can recoup 30% of the cost of insulation, up to $1,200 via improvement tax credits. Reap these benefits today by considering Bite Away for your insulation remediation. Whether your home is old, new, or somewhere in between, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to insulation. A safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient home is just an upgrade away. Ask your CPA if you qualify.