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Resists Heat Flow
Kyle Hoover and Ashley Sampsel, co-owners and managing members of The Insulation Guys in Rochester, know how important it is for homes and businesses to have the right insulation equipment.
It makes summer days cooler and cold nights warmer, especially when more people than usual are working from home these days.
Hoover, a Rochester High School graduate, says he and Sampsel, a Tippecanoe Valley High School graduate from Akron, Indiana, invested in the proper equipment to get jobs done the right way.
“My father, Mike Hoover, originally owned the equipment,” Hoover says. “I got started in mechanical insulation for commercial and industrial projects, insulating mechanical duct work, piping and equipment processing in 2003 with my father.”
Hoover says his father was an estimator for a few mechanical companies over the years, including Burton Mechanical in Rochester, which is now closed.
“My father started his own mechanical insulation company, Hoover Contracting Services LLC, in 2002 with my brother Ben,” Hoover says. “We transitioned into residential insulation in 2007 and 2008. We only installed fiber insulation at the time, so we were somewhat limited on our applications. In 2008, he decided to invest in a spray foam insulation rig to add to our services, and change the business name to Indiana Insulation.”
In 2010, Hoover and Sampsel both worked for Hoover’s father, gaining knowledge, experience, and certifications from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA).
“Combined, we have 37 years of experience in building-envelope solutions,” Hoover says.
In 2011, during the housing market crash, Hoover’s father made the difficult decision to close the business.
“During that time, Ashley and I decided to purchase the equipment from my father, and continue our business journey as owners and installers with our name, The Insulation Guys LLC, in 2012,” Hoover says. “Over the course of eight years we have accomplished many projects, from small, residential crawl-space renovations, to large, residential custom homes.”
Hoover says proper insulation in a home or business is extremely important for energy efficiency, comfort, moisture control and air quality.
“Keeping your energy bill low puts money back into your pocket, and you don’t have to be burdened with rising energy costs over several years,” he adds. “Since spray foam insulation is a lifetime product, it will continue to help keep energy bills low over the life of the structure.”
Spray foam insulation is the company’s specialty, with both open- and closed-cell products.
“We offer attic insulation, loose-fill cellulose and fiberglass, and fiber insulation for walls and attics,” Hoover says. “Our system is a high-pressure system, housed in a mobile rig. Since spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a two-part system, it is manufactured onsite by our certified professional installers. Spray foam is an all-in-one system, as an air seal and insulation in one application. Typically, 20 to 30% of energy loss is through passive air moving through a home.”
The Insulation Guys offers industrial and commercial insulation, tank SPF applications, cooler and freezer SPF applications, insulation for agricultural buildings, and commercial air barrier applications.
The company offers free estimates, and can also handle insulation removal, crawl space remediation, pole-barn spray foam applications, attic insulation upgrades and more.
“We attribute most of our success to our co-workers,” Hoover explains. “We have had a long-standing relationship with our co-workers, and continue to help them succeed. Our SPFA- and ABAA-certified installers know exactly where and what products to install in the building envelope.”
Hoovers describes his staff as one big family.
“We take care of each other, we learn from each other and we succeed together,” he says. “I also want to thank all of our customers over the years. Our quality, attention to detail, and safety for our customers and our families is our top priority. We are here to educate you about building-energy solutions. Even if a customer doesn’t use our services, we hope we can be a resource for them.”
How Spray Foam Works
Resists Heat Flow
To maintain comfort in your home, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner. Insulating ceilings, walls, and floors decreases this heat flow by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat. Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In winter, heat flow moves directly from heated living spaces to adjacent unheated attics, garages, and basements, or to the outdoors; or indirectly through interior ceilings, walls, and floors - wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the cooling season, heat flows from outdoors to the house interior.
Adding insulation beneath drywall in a typical wall configuration can increase the sound transmission coefficient STC rating. In most homes, walls between rooms are only marginally effective at blocking noise. Made of drywall and lumber alone, these interior or partition walls have poor Sound Transmission Class STC ratings. An STC rating is a number used to characterize the acoustic performance of a wall, floor or ceiling?the higher the STC rating, the less sound will be transmitted between rooms. By far the easiest and most economical method for controlling noise is to install insulation in the wall cavity. Click here for more info about sound control and insulation.
A vapor-resistant membrane (commonly called a vapor retarder) attached to batt or roll insulation decreases the possibility of moisture vapor condensing to water within the structure. Even though you need some moisture in the air you breathe, too much moisture in your home can cause problems. When moist air comes in contact with a cold surface, some of the moisture may leave the air and become liquid, or condense. If moisture condenses inside a wall, or in your attic, you will not be able to see the water, but it can cause a number of problems
Five Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
1. Stop Air Flow
The number one reason your home loses energy, and you lose money, is ai flow (aka air leakage). According to the US Department of Energy, air leakage can contribute to as much as 40% of the energy cost to heat and cool your home.
2. Save Money
Spray foam insulation can help reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 50%
3. Improved Indoor Living Environment
Spray foam improves air quality, controls moisture issues, provides consistent thermal comfort and reduces noise
Spray Foam can noticeably reduce a building’s carbon footprint since less energy is required to head and cool the building.
5. Increased Value in Your Home
Spray foam insulation is an investment that will pay for itself in more than one way by recouping your investment in as little as 5 years
To learn more about how spray foam works, the benefits and savings click here.
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Did you know that insulation saves commercial building owners more than $9.6 billion in energy costs annually? Insulation also reduces annual energy use in U.S. buildings by 12 quadrillion BTUs, roughly 15 percent of total U.S. annual energy usage. It also diminishes power plant emissions, cutting carbon dioxide by 780 million tons annually. (The figures include both commercial and residential buildings and are taken from the study "Green and Competitive: The Energy, Environmental and Economic Benefits of Fiber Glass, Mineral Wool, and Spray Foam Insulation Products.")