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Utah Attic Insulation FAQ

Q: What’s my total out of pocket cost/expense?
A: Because each home has different square footage and insulation needs, it’s hard to give an exact answer about out-of-pocket expenses without first seeing which Utah insulation rebate you qualify for. However, rebates and tax credits combined typically cover between 35%-60% of the overall cost.

Q: How long does it take to see what I qualify for?
A: As Utah attic insulation contractors, we specialize in rebate qualifications. It usually takes us less than 5 minutes to determine if you qualify for the Utah insulation rebate, and another 10 minutes to take measurements of your attic square footage to calculate exactly how much your rebate check will be.

Q: When will I receive my rebate checks?
A: The rebate checks from Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas typically arrive between 6 to 8 weeks.

Q: When do the rebates expire?
A: The Utah insulation rebate programs are currently valid through December 31st, 2013, but there is a possibility that they will be extended beyond that date.

Q: What if you miscalculate the amount of my rebate check?
A: We’re so confident in our calculations for your rebate checks that we guarantee them! We’ve calculated rebates for hundreds of homes and are very familiar with the qualifications. If the amount of your rebate check is any less than the amount we quoted, we’ll refund the difference to you. Also, if for any reason you don’t qualify for a Rocky Mountain Power or Utah Thermwise rebate when we told you otherwise, we’ll refund the entire quoted rebate amount.

Q: What exactly do you do to the attic?
A: There are a few basic steps involved in our insulation application process. First, we prepare the attic by putting barriers around heat sources to keep the insulation from coming into contact with them. Next, we staple rulers into the attic to allow our Utah insulation installers to easily apply an even and measured layer of insulation across the entire attic. Lastly, we blow the insulation into the attic using a hose that runs from our truck. After the insulation application is done, our Utah insulation professionals clean up any insulation that may have fallen out of the attic access during the process.  Click here to see before and after pictures of an attic we added insulation to. 

Q: Is it messy or loud?
A: Because all the insulation is blown into your attic using a hose that runs from our truck to the application area, it’s a very clean process. At times, there may be some insulation that falls onto the floor below the attic access, but our professionals always clean up before leaving your home. Since the blowing machine is located in our truck, it won’t be loud inside your house.

Q: Is it safe for me to be in the home while they insulate?
A: Yes. It’s completely safe. Our Utah attic insulation specialists will wear dust masks to prevent breathing in dust from the attic, but the attic is always sealed off before the application begins to prevent dust from entering the home. If you do happen to get exposed to some of the dust, it’s not harmful. The only signs of our insulation technicians being at your home will be the hose running to the attic and our truck parked out front.

Q: What happens to my old insulation?
A: Your old insulation stays right where it is. Nothing is wrong with the old insulation, there just isn’t enough of it to make your home energy efficient. We blow additional insulation right over the top of the existing insulation.

Q: What does R-Value mean?
A: R-Value refers to how well a material resists the transfer heat. Different types of insulation material, such as cellulose, fiberglass, and rockwool, all have different R-values per inch of material. We calculate the current R-value of your attic based on the type of insulation material and how much is present. Based on that data, we calculate how much R-value must be added to your insulation to comply with the current recommended levels, and to qualify for Utah insulation rebates.

Q: I already have plenty of insulation. Why should I get more?
A: Many homeowners ask us this question. Adding more insulation to your attic will only help you save money and energy. A quick, free home inspection by one of our Utah insulation specialists can determine if your home really has enough insulation to maximize energy efficiency. Our free home inspections take about 15 minutes and won’t cost you a penny. We’ll let you know if your insulation meets current building code or if you would qualify for a Utah insulation rebate by adding more. Call us today to schedule your free inspection.

Q: How much insulation does my home need?
A: The amount of insulation your home needs depends on the R-Value desired, your climate, type of heating and cooling system, and the section of the house you plan to insulate. For Northern Utah, the Department of Energy recommends that a home have between R-49 and R-60 of attic insulation. That’s anywhere from 16 to 24 inches of insulation depending on the material used.  Click here to view the Department of Energy’s recommendations for attic insulation.

Q: What is cellulose insulation made of?
A: Cellulose is made of 85% recycled paper, making it the greenest option for increasing your home’s energy efficiency. It is made of mostly recovered post-consumer paper fiber that contains additives for fire and fungal resistance. One of the most plentiful sources of paper fiber is recycled newspaper. All of the cellulose materials used by Best Property Improvements are made right here in Utah.

Q: Is cellulose harmful if I touch it or breathe it?
A: No. Unlike fiberglass, cellulose insulation is itch-free to the touch. In compliance with Material Safety Data Sheet standards, cellulose insulation produces dust during installation, that is classified as a “nuisance,” but certainly doesn’t pose any health threats. Because some minimal amounts of dust are produced in the application process, our technicians use a dust mask and safety glasses during installation.