Green Living: Using insulation to increase energy efficiency

Using insulation to increase the energy efficiency of your home


By: Stephanie Vaughn 


Think pink this Valentine’s Day….the Pink Panther. 

Yes, he is still alive and well and the symbol for Owens Corning Insulation.  With every penny counting in today’s economy, maintaining the correct amount of insulation helps keep your house warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and maximizes savings on your power bill.

Insulating an attic with AttiCat Owens Corning Loosefill Insulation ensures non -settling so it will maintain the same R- value over time. 





What exactly is R-value?  R-value is described as an insulation’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.  This means energy saved and lower power bills.

The R-value depends on the type of insulation and includes its material, thickness, and density. When calculating the R-value of a multi layered installation, add the R-values of the individual layers. Installing more insulation in your home increases the R-value and the resistance to heat flow.

The effectiveness of an insulation’s resistance to heat flow also depends on how and where the insulation is installed. For example, insulation that is compressed will not provide its full rated R-value. The overall R-value of a wall or ceiling will be somewhat different from the R-value of the insulation itself because some heat flows around the insulation through the studs and joists. Therefore, it’s important to properly install your insulation to achieve the maximum R-value.

As a homeowner, you may want to add more insulation to your existing amount in your attic.  A row of Eco Touch pink Fiberglass is easy to place inside the joist cavities. Owens Corning has faced and unfaced rolls and batts of fiberglass to get to the R-value you want.  Eco Touch insulation is made up of 99% natural ingredients with a minimum of 58% recycled content.  It is Greenguard verified to be formaldehyde free.

The required thermal barrier in attic spaces is an R-30 in Florida.  Any amount over this up to an R-60 delivers an increased amount of energy efficiency. 


American Residential Products proudly installs Owens Corning insulation as a preferred vender.

Please contact us for a free estimate for an insulation upgrade today!

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