Insulation

We install attic insulation, wall cavity insulation, batt insulation and ventilation baffles.

Improving the comfort of your home while reducing your energy bills is our focus.  We aren't interested in just selling you as much insulation as possible.  At Energy Masters, our ventilation certified tech can optimize ventilation and make recommendations that can help reduce your energy bills.

intake-ventilationWhy is ventilation important?

Here in Wisconsin we have freezing temperatures and as such, the ends of the nails that hold your shingles on often stick through your roof decking and into your attic space.  If you don't have proper ventilation, moisture from your home builds up on those nails and when the temperature of the attic cavity increases, the condensed moisture can drip down onto your insulation, causing mold.  This can exacerbate allergies and contribute toward asthma.

Our "Healthy House" Approach

Our goals for insulation are two fold:

Make sure your house stays as warm as possible while reducing your energy consumption

Making sure you have adequate ventilation opportunities that can get keep your attic space as dry as possible and keep your family as healthy as possible.

We use long-fiber insulation whenever possible, which means it doesn't itch like many of the products out there.

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Common Insulation Questions:

Why blown in?

Batt insulation is great for walls, but results in gapping which creates cold spots on the drywall on your ceiling.  That leads to condensation and condensation often leads to mold.  Blown in insulation solves that problem by providing a constant sheet of insulation over what is called the energy envelope of your home.

Will my insulation settle?

We use a special type of long-fiber insulation that does not settle.  This assures you of having a well-insulated attic for decades to come.

Wall insulation

Blowing insulation between your wall cavities is sometimes the best or only practical option.  Houses built prior to the 1970's didn't always have insulation between the walls and if they did, sometimes the insulation was either insufficient or it has settled.

How much should I have blown in?

How much you choose to have blown in depends on your personal preference as well as your budget.  We can blow in as much or as little as you wish.  The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you put between R-49 and R-60 in your attic.

Will you blow in insulation in all cases?

No.  When we visit your home we assess your property.  We will look in your attic space and look at how your house is both insulated and ventilated.  There are some cases where blowing in insulation will just make your problem worse and if that's the case we will tell you and provide you recommendations to solve the problem.  Like a doctor, our approach is to "first do no harm".  If we can't fix a problem, we won't take the job.

Can you blow in insulation on top of existing insulation?

In most cases yes.  However, if your house contains vermiculite, a product containing asbestos, we recommend you find a company that does remediation and removal.  Vermiculite tends to look like it has little specks of tinfoil in it.  Ethics prevent us from taking jobs where both our crews as well as homeowners are exposed to dangerous substances.

wisconsin energy masters jimWho will stop by?

Jim, the owner of Energy Masters, is ventilation certified.  He will inspect your home and make suggestions to improve it

Jim specializes in solving problems other companies don't have the background to understand.

The Energy Masters System:

We’ll look at your house and assess it’s needs.  We will make recommendations based on a variety of factors:

Assessment of ventilation

Insulation blown in according to your needs

Batt insulation in areas where blown in insulation isn’t feasible

Baffles to help allow dry intake air to get into your attic space

Analysis of existing insulation

Providing options for you to choose

Explaining how both ventilation and insulation can make your house more comfortable and your family healthier.

A roof to attic floor approach to smart insulating

Suggestions and options to address hard-to-insulate areas

After we assess your property, we’ll make our recommendations. Sometimes those recommendations are to do nothing. If that’s the case, we’ll tell you.

Would you rather invest in insulation once...

...Or pay more money to the utility company every month?

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