Q: Why should I choose Blown-In Insulaton?
A: Fiberglass blown-in insulation is in 95% of Florida homes for a reason. It is made from mostly recycled materials, easily covers hard to reach areas and oddly shaped spaces, the installation process is quick, it is affordable, has one of the highest R-values and lasts the lifetime of the home if installed correctly. It can help create a more fire resistant home by helping reduce air flow to an existing fire. and prevents mold and mildew growth by blocking moisture from entering the home through the attic. Due to it's air-tight seal, it helps act as a noise barrier, within the home as well as through the exterior walls. It does not contain any chemicals or additives so it is a great option for people with allergies. It also serves as a protective barrier from any pollutants or allergens entering the home due to air leaks.

Q. How much will I save by adding insulation to the walls, ceilings, and floors of my home?
A. On average, a homeowner can save 15-30% off energy bills when insulation is updated to the proper R-value. Sometimes the savings are even higher depending on your energy source and home design. You are also extending the life of your AC unit. With proper insulation your AC unit isn't working as hard to keep even temperatures throughout the house and will last much longer.

Q. How much insulation should my house have?
A. Florida regulates attic insulation to reach at least R30 (10 inches) or R38 (13 inches) for most homes.

Q. What is the difference among fiberglass, rock and slag wool, cellulose, and foam insulations?
A: Fiberglass is made of recycled glass and other materials. We use the loose fill fiberglass that does not cause itching or irritation like the pink stuff we all grew up with. It has a high R-value and is very affordable, paying for itself within 5-10 years. When properly installed it can last 80-100 years.

Cellulose is made of recycled newspapers and cardboard, can be very dusty and dirty to work with as well as live with. It can easily be damaged from the slightest amount of moisture and does not keep it's R-value as long as other insulation options. It is one of the most affordable options but may not make up the difference in energy costs over the years as R-value decreases.

Mineral Wool (Rock and Slag) has a high R-value, is made of 70% recycled materials and is fire, water and mold resistant. Excellent for sound proofing. Usually about 25-50% more expensive than fiberglass and can be hard to come by.

Spray Foam has a high R-value and is great for homes in colder climates due to it's ability to trap heat. It is perfect for live in attic spaces. For Florida homes, in most cases, spray foam and blown-in fiberglass offer the same benefits, except spray foam has a slightly higher R-value and is usually 3 x's the price, taking about 20-25 years to pay itself off.

Q: What should I know before hiring an insulation contractor?
A: You should have an idea of how much insulation you currently have in your attic, if possible. Know what your current issues are (pests in the attic, air leaking from ducts, AC running too much, differing temperatures throughout the home), and have an idea of the result you'd like to see from insulation (cooler home, lower energy bills). Don't worry if you don't have all of the information, talking to a professional they'll help you figure out what the issue is and how to solve it.

Q. What should I watch out for in contracts or job estimates?
A: Be wary of overcharging, added costs, dishonesty. Do some research and call a company that has proven to be trustworthy, check their reviews. Most blown-in quotes in Florida are between $0.65-$1.25 per square foot. For removal on average it's about $2-$3.50 per square foot. All pricing depends on the job, attic, space allowed, etc.

Q. Why hire a professional insulation contractor rather than a home improvement contractor or general contractor?
A: Installing insulation is a precise and detailed job. Getting the proper insulation installation is key to the longevity of the insulation, seriously lowering your energy bills, increasing the overall energy efficiency of your home as well as health and safety hazards installers may encounter. It is highly recommended to have a professional install your insulation to receive the highest benefits.

Q. Where can I get more information about insulation?
A: For all information on energy requirements and regulations in Florida check the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website, myfloridahomeenergy.com. You can also call us and talk to an insulation specialist.

Q. For a green home, do I really need a high-efficiency furnace, high-efficiency appliances, and new windows?
A: While all of those things will help with energy efficiency, one of the most efficient and cost effective choices you can make for your home is have professionally installed insulation. A majority of hot air coming in and cold air escaping in most homes is through the attic. Proper insulation reduces any air leaks or heat seeping in or cold air leaking out, causing your AC to run less and your energy bills to decrease over time.

Q: Why choose Total Energy Solutions?
A: We are an honest, straight-forward, family owned and operated company. We have been installing insulation since 2015 and are knowledgable on all things insulation related. We value our customers and provide top quality customer service. We treat every home like it belongs to our parents and we will never be dishonest and try to sell you something you don't need. With competitive prices and impeccable work, there is a reason we are #1 in Volusia County and surrounding areas.