Insulation

Conservation Pros provides cost-effective solutions to energy loss from attics, walls, basements, and crawlspaces.  This includes a range of insulation options along with air leakage reduction.

Conservation Pros understands that if you are considering making the investment you are going to want it done right.  Beware insulators that simply, “blow and go.”  Air leakage should be assessed and addressed in all homes, otherwise you might be left with the same issues you had to begin with.  We care about your needs, so we provide solutions that address your concerns while factoring in health and the environment.

Why Cellulose Insulation?

Cellulose insulation is Conservation Pros preferred method of insulating.  Cellulose insulation has several benefits:

  • Our Cellulose insulation is 85% Recycled
  • Non-toxic and does not irritate skin
  • Can be easily installed in walls as a retrofit (case study)
  • Less-costly insulation material
  • More Resistant to fire, burns slowly

Read this article by National Fiber about How cellulose compares to icynene (spray foam) insulation

Read this interview on cellulose insulation by our own Marcus Renner about cellulose insulation on North Carolina Homes

Why add more insulation?

In areas like Asheville, Weaverville, Hendersonville, and greater WNC, insulating to building code is the minimum requirement.  At Conservation Pros we recommend insulating beyond building code.  Cold winters and hot summers make WNC the perfect area to add additional insulation to meet an R-50 rating or more to increase comfort and efficiency.

Why Choose Conservation Pros?

The beauty of providing energy saving solutions with real benefits is in the details.   At Conservation Pros, we spare no detail, and stick to your goal – you are looking to save energy and be more comfortable.  That is why we include many services in our free insulation quotes than other insulators do not address; see below:

The Road to Comfort and Energy Savings

Step 1: Air Leakage

Keep your conditioned air in, and outdoor air out

Air leakage should be addressed in ductwork, electrical, plumbing, chimney penetrations, and more.

(Fine Homebuilding Article)

Step 2: Ventilation

Manage proper ventilation to reduce moisture

Ventilation is incorporated in a space to reduce moisture, it is not used to lower energy bills.  If you are thinking of ventilation as a means to reduce your summer cooling loads start with insulation, then consider a radiant barrier.

Step 3: Insulate

Prevent exposure to outdoor temperatures

Building Insulation, Insulation contractor, Asheville, Waynesville

Don’t be fooled by our local building code (R-38).  R-50 to R-70 is recommended for our area.

Attic Hatch/Stair:  The Attic entry is a hole in the building envelope, that means it allows air leakage into the attic and it is not insulated.  We take the time to weatherstrip and insulate your attic hatch.

Although the area of the attic door is small, an uninsulated attic door will reduce energy savings substantially.  -Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Air Sealing:  The truth is, why add insulation if you don’t air seal the attic.  Air sealing is very cost effective and prevents air from passing through the thermal barrier (insulation layer).  If air can move through insulation than it is not benefiting your efficiency or comfort at all.

If you do not air seal your attic than you will not qualify for a rebate of up to $250 from the Duke/Progress Energy’s Home Energy Improvement Program

Insulation Settling:  Settling is a common concern when considering blown cellulose insulation.  As building performance specialists, we know to follow the manufacturer’s specifications to account for settling.  If we say we will insulate to R-50 that means the final R-value after settling will be R-50.

Contrary to common belief, cellulose insulation is more fire-resistant than fiberglass insulation

Indoor Air Quality:  Air sealing prevents unhealthy attic air from entering the home, and improves indoor air quality.  In addition, cellulose insulation is non-toxic and recyclable, making it a more environment-friendly insulation method.

Air Sealing

Most homes in Western North Carolina have energy efficiency and indoor air quality issues as a result of air leakage.  Air leakage is resolved by air sealing in the attic, and floors above unconditioned spaces.  Insulation in attics and crawlspaces does not prevent air leakage and will not function well if air can pass though it, therefore, insulation should not be installed without air sealing.  Air Sealing is the method of stopping air leakage, and results in many benefits for the home.  Below is a brief list of benefits resulting from improving tightness of a home via air sealing.

  • Greater energy efficiency, I. E. Lower heating and cooling bills
  • Less drafts resulting in a more comfortable home
  • Reduces chance of moisture issues such as mold and wood rot
  • Improves indoor air quality, sometimes quite significantly
  • Greater durability of HVAC and other heating and cooling equipment.

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We had our energy efficiency audit today and were amazingly impressed. Marcus is bright, knows his craft, passionate about what he does and explains things in a way in which the layperson can understand.

Tricia Franck - Asheville, NC

I would like to commend Kelvin, Harper, and Nick for their hard work, positive attitudes, respectful and friendly demeanors, and willingness to answer questions.

Stephen D. - Asheville, NC

There is definitely a marked difference in the warmth of the house. No more wind gusting through and even the back rooms are warmer.

Ellen S. - Asheville, NC

Wow! We can't believe how the furnace never goes on any more!
Dec. 2010 gas bill $389.70 - Dec. 2011 gas bill $216.90
-44% !

Vicki G. - Asheville, NC

Marcus and his workers were courteous, mindful, nice to my dog, excellent listeners, and are completing so many things I have been anguishing about for years!

Andrea Amburghey - Candler, NC

Kelvin and Harper were very cordial and seemed to me conscientious, I believe they did as well as they could with the design limitations of my house.

Phil N. - Black Mountain, NC
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