130 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 40 Santa Barbara CA 93103 US
"in - su - late"
Protect (something) by interposing material that
prevents the loss of heat or the intrusion of sound.
There are a wide variety of incentives and rebates to choose from to help you replace appliances, HVAC systems, hot water heaters and insulation. These incentives and rebates can help you offset the cost of energy efficient products that can help you upgrade your home, save energy and make your home more comfortable. For more detailed information please visit rebates and incentives.
Preventing air infiltration to and from your attic requires air sealing. We will air seal your attic walls plates and all penetrations in the attic floor to stop air leakage to and from your attic. Air sealing has become a great new trend when insulating your attic. What exactly is attic air sealing? Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel — like those around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are usually bigger problems. Sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a great impact on improving your comfort and reducing utility bills. Refer to the house diagram below to see common air leak locations that you should aim to seal. For more details on air sealing, please click here. Upon air sealing your attic, you are one step closer to qualify for a rebate through Energy Upgrade CA (EUC). To learn more about potential rebates and incentives, please click here.
Prior to starting your retrofit project, Insulate SB, Inc will remove your existing insulation and prepare the desired location in order to install your new energy efficient insulation. Insulation ends up serving as a filter in older homes that are not air sealed. Dirt and dust and can travel from your attic to the interior of your home and vice versa, hence using the insulation as a filter. Insulation removal consist of vacuuming loose fill materials with our removal machine and collecting the material in recyclable bags. Fiberglass batts are hand bagged and we vacuum the attic of any loose particles or debris. All removed material is removed from the site and delivered to a certified recycle waste center.
We understand that Icynene spray foam may not be the correct material for your application. We will work with you to come up with an alternative that not only fits your application but fits your budget. Additional material we recommend that consists of recycled content is Green Fiber Cellulose Blow-in Insulation and fiberglass insulation. Cellulose Insulation used commonly in attics and exterior walls is made of 87% recycled wood and paper products. Infused with borate compounds, allows it act as a fire retardant. Fiberglass insulation is the most widely installed insulation today made of 65 - 70% recycled content of glass bottles. It is cost effective, maintains insulating power over time, doesn't settle if installed properly and does not absorb moisture or become combustible.To learn more about these products, please visit our knowledge center.
Homeowners are often concerned about sealing their house too tightly; however, this is very unlikely in most older homes. A certain amount of fresh air is needed for good indoor air quality and there are specifications that set the minimum amount of fresh air needed for a house. If you are concerned about how tight your home is, our in house certified BPI Building Analyst's can provide an energy audit,
who uses diagnostic tools to measure your home's actual leakage. If your home is too tight, a fresh air ventilation system may be recommended. After any home sealing project, have a heating and cooling technician check to make sure that your combustion appliances (gas- or oil-fired furnace, water heater, and dryer) are venting properly. For additional information on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues related to homes, such as combustion safety, visit EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Web site.
We proudly use and highly recommend Icynene spray on foam. Mixed on site, Polyurethane spray foam is an insulation material that offers the highest R-value per inch and eliminates gaps in the building envelope, common with traditional pre-cut insulation. This means total mitigation of moisture, drafts, noise and other environmental effects. Benefit from lower utility bills for both heating and cooling due to the total insulating nature of the foam. This means you and your family will enjoy the comfort of more consistent indoor temperatures and superior air quality.
Please refer to the image at the bottom of the page, where you can see some of the major sources of air leaks in the common home. Using spray foam allows you to create an air tight environment and it assist in sealing off those hard to access areas throughout your home. Other valuable aspects of Icynene spray foam are that it helps prevent uncontrolled outdoor air infiltration of pollutants, dust and seasonal allergens such as pollen. Spray foam insulation resists moisture transmission and condensation better than non-foam insulation. Condensation inside the building envelope not only develops harmful mold and mildew but also deteriorates vital inner-envelope building structure. Last but certainly not least, spray foam eliminates spacing for infiltration of particulates or sound waves, reducing noise transfer and sound penetration. Used correctly in a new build, remodel or retrofit, an Icynene spray foam insulated home can use smaller heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, saving even more money initially and more over time in energy savings.
Polyurethane spray foam insulation can actually pay for itself over time with these savings. It is a one-time application that doesn't sag or settle like out-dated fiberglass or cellulose and should last throughout the life of your home. No need to remove or replace saving landfill space. Truly a green insulation product!
Create a comfortable, healthy and energy efficient living space
Building a new home or remodeling your current home could be the most enjoyable experience ever had. Insulation is essential for any building project; its primary purpose is to control the heat flow in and out of a building or structure. Thus keeping the building cool in the hot and dry summers and ensuring the warmth remains inside your home during the cold and chilling winters. Insulation not only controls the heat, it helps to create a comfortable and cozy environment that is more energy efficient and economical.
Insulation is not only used for the thermal aspects but also as a fire retardant, impact insulation and sound proofing. The choice of insulation will depend on the ability of the product to serve multiple functions. The benefits of installing insulation are massive and will assist in a comfortable indoor climate.