Frequently Asked Questions About Insulation
Do you have questions about insulation? ABS-MD has answers! Below are answers to common concerns and questions we hear from our customers.
Yes! In 2020, the U.S. Federal Government is offering a tax credit of up to $500 (10% of the material cost) for homeowners who make certain energy efficiency upgrades in their home, like adding insulation. Visit ENERGY STAR to learn more or contact us with questions.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency is also a resource that allows you to see if you qualify for any insulation rebates.
The “R” in R-value stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the higher the level of resistance and the greater the insulating power. R-value requirements vary depending on climate and building type.
The amount of insulation needed varies depending on location, building type and materials. We can provide more information about the recommended R-Value once we discuss your project scope. This map from ENERGYSTAR shows the recommended insulation levels for retrofitting projects.
Yes! Airborne noises such as conversation, running appliances, electronic devices and household equipment carry and echo through walls, ceilings and floors. Good insulation has the ability to drastically reduce such atmospheric interference, leaving rooms much quieter. According to ENERGY STAR, insulating your home can reduce the noise from outside your house as well as make it harder for pollen, dust and insects into your home. It also allows for better humidity control and may lower the chance for ice dams on the roof/eves in snowy climates. In addition to keeping the noise levels low, this will also improve the overall comfort of your home.
Every insulation job has its own unique set of requirements, and every homeowner has their own budget. To make an informed decision, it’s important to talk to a knowledgeable insulation expert so you can learn exactly what options are best for you. Your ABS-MD team is ready to discuss your project.
Air sealing your home has many advantages. It will reduce your energy costs. If heated or cooled air is not able to leak out of your home by way of cracks and crevices, then it will remain in the home where it will continue to keep your home comfortable without the need for turning up the heat or air conditioning. Air sealing will also improve indoor air quality by not letting pollutants in through those same cracks and crevices. The overall comfort of your home will improve.
Insulating your crawl space will prevent cold temperatures from traveling up the floor beams, which makes your floor above the crawl space more comfortable. Crawl space insulation also helps control moisture issues.