The heat in your Pacific Northwest home is a moving force that will always flow to colder pockets. Warm air from your furnace escapes through cracks, heading toward cooler areas until there is no longer a temperature difference.
In the summer, heat flows straight from the outdoors into your air-conditioned home.
Insulation is a protective barrier to stop heat from leaving or entering your home. It keeps you comfortable and helps control your climate. Insulation affects the indoor temperature, outdoor noise levels, and protects your indoor air quality (IAQ) from outside pollutants.
HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services is a trusted name in the PNW for providing quality insulation services that fit your needs and budget. Our home insulation audit can pinpoint drafty areas of your home that allows heat to escape. We’ll recommend insulation choices that provide high energy efficiency, cost savings, reduced allergies, and noise reduction.
Our experienced experts will guide you in selecting the option best suited for your home and lifestyle.
Insulation Services in Oregon and Washington
A well-insulated home is a money saver. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) notes that adding insulation to attics, floors, and crawl spaces can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent.
At the same time, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) estimates that approximately 90 percent of U.S. homes are under-insulated. Schedule an appointment with HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services today to learn how adding insulation can help create a healthy home.
Your older home might have a lot of charm—but let’s face it, things can get drafty. Prior to 1980, building codes for home insulation were practically nonexistent. Here are a few telltale signs that re-insulation will help:
- Rooms feel hot and stuffy in the summer
- You feel drafts in some rooms
- Your furnace runs nonstop in the winter
- Your allergies flare up inside your home
Re-insulation adds comfort to your day and cost savings on your Pacific Northwest heating and cooling bills. Our team at HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services will air seal and insulate your older home so that it can ventilate properly, keep out pollutants, and improve your indoor air quality.
We take great care in our craftsmanship and will show you beforehand how we plan to proceed.
Where to start? The most effective places to re-insulate in an existing home are the attic, crawl spaces, basement, and exterior walls. Doing so will add more comfort and lower your energy bills.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation sets the gold standard. It keeps out the elements (including moisture), creates an airtight seal, and is environmentally friendly. Spray foam sets quickly and is easy to apply. It has an advantage over other forms of insulation because it can fill tight crevices.
Homes insulated with spray foam enjoy better protection against mold and mildew. It also creates a natural sound barrier so you can enjoy your quiet time.
Fiberglass insulation is a great option for just about anywhere—exterior walls, floors, ceilings, attics, basements, and other areas of your home. You commonly find it in blanket form, called batts. Homebuilders love fiberglass because it is easy to use and poses no fire threat. Plus, it is a terrific thermal insulator. Fiberglass is made from fine glass particles and can be a skin and lung irritant, so always wear protective clothing and eyewear if you plan to install it.
Cellulose is loose-fill or blown-in insulation, typically made from recycled paper products. It offers a sound solution for insulating existing finished areas in your home or irregularly shaped areas. It is relatively inexpensive and usually treated with borates that repel insects and vermin. Plus, it is treated with fire retardants to meet federal and state fire safety guidelines.
Chances are, that older home you just moved into is not well-insulated. Retrofit insulation refers to retrofitting your home with insulation. Your home may have too many drafty spots or air leaks. Or, your energy bills keep going up. Those are signs you may want to consider re-insulating your home. Sometimes, more than one type of insulation material is necessary.
Our team at HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services specializes in retrofitting insulation. We can retrofit homes of all sizes and shapes. Call us today for a free estimate.
Choosing Insulation for Your Home
Here are a few factors to consider when choosing insulation:
What is R-value?
The R-value indicates how well insulation material can reduce heat flow between the inside and outside of your home. For example, the value R-30 means it takes approximately 30 minutes for the heat to radiate through that insulation. The greater the R-value, the more the heat flow is reduced.
Why is spray foam insulation unique?
Spray foam insulation can expand and tightly fill any difficult crevices in your home. It creates an airtight seal, giving it an extremely high resistance value. It offers the perfect solution to protect your home if you live in a colder climate.
What are the differences between open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation?
These different types of spray foam insulation each has their advantages. Open-cell foam is a much more flexible option for insulating those hard-to-reach nooks or crannies. Closed-cell foam is much more rigid and stable. It’s perfect for tight spaces and can add to the structural integrity of any wall. Plus, it helps prevent water and moisture from getting inside your home.
What are the benefits of spray foam insulation in Oregon?
- Thermal resistance—enjoy lower heating and cooling costs. Spray foam fills gaps and voids to create a barrier that prevents energy loss. It also provides a superior R-value.
- Moisture barrier—controls moisture to help prevent mold, mildew, and bacterial growth. Plus, it keeps out dust and other pollutants to maintain a healthy indoor air quality (IAQ).
- Air barrier—creates a seamless insulated barrier to reduce outside noises.
Our licensed experts at HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services can show you how a detailed thermographic scan of your home can illustrate your home’s heat distribution and illuminate areas to reinforce.
Can the type of insulation I choose affect my health?
Poorly installed insulation can lead to itchy eyes, a skin rash, or create unpleasant odors that make it difficult to breathe comfortably. You can rest assured that our experienced installers at HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services never rush a job or try to force the insulation into the wrong area.
Some types of insulation should not be used in damp crawl spaces, for example, because they will not cure properly. That can lead to extended periods of off-gassing. Our professionals will always install the right product to fit the environment.
Call Us Today for Insulation Advice!
Our team at HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services can answer all your questions about insulating your home in the Pacific Northwest. Call us today at 503-479-5290 or request service online. We’re the experts in keeping families safe and comfortable.