FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We know that with all the options, news reports, and commercials, the topic of Energy Efficiency can become a little confusing. So we've put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you understand the products and the choices. If your question is not answered here, please Contact Us.
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Why EZ Attic Solutions?
EZ Attic Solutions gives personal, friendly service to every customer
We are a proud member of Check A Pro
We back our work 100%
We are family owned and operated
We use only the highest quality products to insulate your home in order to help you to save up to 40% on energy costs with blown in insulation
Why Do I Need a Cooler Attic?
As the Sun’s heat beats down onto your roof, it becomes extremely hot. The heat from the shingles or tiles is then transferred through the roof and into your attic. If the hot air is not removed from the attic, it will eventually enter your home making your A/C work harder.
Attic insulation slows this process down but does not eliminate the heat transfer entirely. If your attic isn’t insulated well, it won’t do much to keep the heat from entering your home. Plus a hot attic stays hot well after sunset so heat transfer is basically constant.
When you remove this hot air from the attic via Solar Attic Fans, Ridge Vents, etc. you will minimize this heat transfer. The less heat that is entering your home, the less your air-conditioning system will have to work; when your A/C system works less, your home is consistently comfortable and your ENERGY BILLS are reduced.
What Is R-Value?
R-Value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow; the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. R-Values are determined by the thickness and installed weight per square foot and the material type. It is not determined by thickness alone. The minimum building code is an R-Value of 30. The Department of Energy recommends a minimum of R-Value of 38 if you have a gas furnace and an R-Value of 49 if you have an electric furnace.
Do I Need to Remove Existing Insulation?
Not usually. Adding insulation to the existing insulation will have a cumulative effect on the R-Value. Occasionally, if mold has accumulated or there are other issues with the existing insulation, it may need to be removed. This is rare, however and EZ Attic Solutions can definitely help you determine if this is necessary.
Why blown-in insulation?
Blown-in insulation consist of 60% post-consumer recycled glass
Blown-in Insulation does not settle
Blown-in insulation provides year round savings
Blown-in insulation improves the comfort of your home
Blown-in insulation helps make your home quieter
Why our blown-in insulation (CertainTeed)?
Rodents and vermin do not like CertainTeed
CertainTeed does not support fungus or mold growth
CertainTeed is GREENGUARD Certified - This means CertainTeed has been proven safe in schools, daycares, hospitals, etc. and meets some of the most rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, reducing indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure. It also aids in the creation of healthier indoor environments
How Does an Attic Fan Work?
Attic ventilation fans help cool air your attic by pushing out the stifling hot air from inside the attic and bringing in cool air from outside. This prevents hot air from seeping into your home and driving up the temperature in the living space, which reduces the load on your air conditioner.
Most homes already have some passive attic venting built in. Cool air enters the attic through soffit vents in the eaves. Once inside, the air heats up and rises higher, ultimately exiting through venting at the roof’s gables, through ridge vents cut into the roof’s apex or other vent holes in the roof. As the air leaves, it creates negative pressure behind it, sucking in cool air from below into the soffits and creating a self-repeating ventilation process. Even if your roof already has ridge vents and plenty of ventilation built in, it’s a good idea to install gable fans or roof fans to help blow hot, humid air out of the attic.
Attic ventilation fans also tend to be quite energy-efficient in terms of their own operation. Gable fans fit into the gable vent and can be set to operate only within a preset temperature range. Many are solar powered and require no other wiring, so they don’t cause any additional charges on your electricity bill at all.
I Have Lots of Insulation. Do I Need An Attic Fan?
Regardless of the amount of insulation in your attic, adding an attic fan will help tremendously when trying to make your attic more efficient with climate control as well helping you to SAVE MONEY on your energy bills.
Why Choose Our Solar Attic Fans?
Our solar attic fans remove large amounts of hot air from your attic, saving you money
Our solar attic fans cool your attic temperatures by up to 50 degrees
Our solar attic fans deliver exceptional airflow performance
Our solar attic fans include a thermostat that automatically turns the fans on when the attic temperature reaches 85 degrees
Our solar attic fans also include a humidity sensor that turns the fan on when the humidity in your attic reaches 75%
With our solar attic fans, your HVAC system will run less
With our solar attic fans, your home will be more comfortable
Our solar attic fans come with a Lifetime Warranty
Attic blown in insulation
If Your Home is 5 years old or older, there's a good chance it's not as well insulated as it should be. Not having enough insulation results in energy loss, and whether you realize it or not, your home is constantly leaking energy - especially out of the attic. A good insulation contractor is needed to fix this problem area.
Our innovative radiant barrier, HeatBloc Ultra has the lowest e-factor of all spray-applied radiant heat barriers, coming in at .18. HeatBloc Ultra spray on radiant barrier will stop over 82% of potential heat transfer into the attic resulting in a cooler attic and lower energy bills.
Attic Stairway Insulators
The attic access door is typically one of the largest sources of air leakage in the house. The United States Department of Energy states on their website that a gap as small as 1/4 inch around pull down attic stairs can leak as much air as is supplied by a standard bedroom duct. It is essential to seal this leak to ensure efficiency.