Insulation

Conservation Pros does not take insulation lightly.  Many insulators will simply, “blow and go,” however, we take the time to air seal the home so you get the greatest benefit, and then we install the best insulation material that wont hurt the occupants or the environment.  We can provide the best solutions to insulate attics, walls, basements, and crawlspaces.  It is widely understood around the world that insulation only performs as predicted when air infiltration has been addressed.  This is why we always air seal attics before insulating.

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

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 an R-50 or more to increase comfort and efficiency.

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 Choose Us?

The beauty of providing energy saving solutions with real benefits is in the details.  Many insulators do not take the time to consider the importance of these 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; these include:

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 $500 from the Duke/Progress Energy’s Home Energy Improvement Program

Insulation Settling:  Settling is a common concern with those 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 improve indoor air quality.  In addition, cellulose insulation is non-toxic and recyclable making it the 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.

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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