High Energy Bills: How To Lower Cost

Spray Foam Insulation Houston Tx

Receiving high energy bills has happened to many of us at one point or another, and it’s never a fun experience. You’re not alone, the 13 largest U.S. metropolitan areas have seen higher bills this year. After receiving a high energy bill, we wonder how does this happen and how do we fix the problem. Everyone can save energy in their home. Saving energy or becoming more energy efficient, makes our homes more comfortable and saves homeowners money. 

Audit Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

The first step to improving savings and comfort of your home is obtaining a Energy Assessment, also known as a Home Energy Audit. Knowing where energy is potentially being wasted is important. If you’re not testing, you are guessing. Professionals will use interviews, inspection of the home, and diagnostic tools. The process should take about one hour to complete. The professional will review findings and make recommendations for improvement. 

Air Sealing

Among the greatest sources of energy loss in a home is air leaks. Imagine driving down the freeway on a hot afternoon with the vehicle’s air conditioner on high. We feel pretty comfortable, right! Now roll down the windows. All of sudden we are hot again. Our homes work the same way. We want to keep air that we pay to heat and cool on the inside of the home. One of the best money saving task you can perform to your home is to caulk, seal, or weatherstrip all cracks, openings, and seams to the outside. A homes conditioned space are areas and rooms in the home that the air conditioning system serves. Unconditioned space is the outside, and sometimes is found in our homes: vented attics, kneewall spaces, room above garages, or crawl spaces.  According to the Department of Energy, sealing uncontrolled air leaks, you can save 10%-20% on heating and cooling bills. First Defense Insulation provides expert air sealing services.   

Insulation

After air sealing, the second most energy saving task is looking at the homes insulation. Insulation is an essential piece of limiting heat flow through a homes outer shell (building envelope). Insulation is a home’s thermal boundary, separating outside from inside. The greater the difference between the outside and inside of a home temperature, the more energy it will take to maintain a comfortable environment inside the home. R-value is a measure of insulations resistance to heat flow. The higher the value, the more effective the insulation is at slowing heat flow. So how much insulation do we need? The U.S. is broken up into 8 climate zones. Homeowners in south Texas are in Zone 2. U.S. Department of Energy recommends attic insulation to be between R-30 and R-60. Local and state codes also have an effect on minimum accepted R-Values. If you need help determining the correct R-value for your home, First Defense Insulation comfort specialist can help you. First Defense Insulation provides different options with regards to insulation products.   

Heating and Cooling

35%-40% of a homes energy usage comes from heating and cooling. You can save money and increase comfort by properly maintaining, using, and upgrading your HVAC equipment. Air ducts are very important. They are in charge of delivering heated or cool air to the home. Improperly sized, poorly sealed, or poorly insulated, they are likely contributing to higher energy bills. As discussed previously, a home has a inside and outside. Duts located in a vented attic are considered to be outside. This is not ideal placement. Ducts that leak, are literally leaking air you pay to heat and cool to the outside, never to be seen again. Underinsualted ducts do not have a good resistance to heat flow. Remember that the under insulated ducts are located in the “outside”, the same outside that gets incredibly hot in Texas. The 55 degree air that is supposed to be inside the duct can’t stay cool long as the Texas heat bakes the air before distributing to the home. Imagine placing your duct work through an oven and hoping you get cool air at the end, you don’t. The same principles apply during cold months. 155 degree air is cooled by a cold vented attic space. Ducts perform better and save money when air sealed, better insulated beyond current offerings, or located on the inside of the home. Houston area homeowners are turning to spray foam insulation for superior air sealing and R-Value properties. Spray foam can be used to better insulate ducts or be used to convert the attic to unvented, thus allowing duct work to remain on the inside of home and protected from the Texas heat. 

Window Solar Film 

Tinting windows from the inside is an economical way to boost energy efficiency. Solar film absorbs or reflects up to 99% of UV rays. This helps keep rooms cooler during the summer and reduces the chance of interior furnishings fading. There are considerations before just installing the film as not all film is compatible with all types of window glass. Before installing, a simple check with the window manufacture is recommended.

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5.0
Based on 30 reviews
Can’t say enough good things about this business. We are building our own house and had them install blown-in open cell insulation. John and his team were very professional and went to great lengths to explain the entire process and answer all of our questions. We appreciate everything right down to the small details of cleaning after they finished the job. Thanks John!
Cathy Orlando
Cathy Orlando
15:20 23 May 22
We enjoyed working with Shad- we were confident after meeting him that he would do a good job with the insulation work we needed done in our attic. His communication is excellent and his team was quick and efficient.
Kristina Pontious
Kristina Pontious
20:34 28 Apr 22
First Defense Insulation did an EXCELLENT job for us! They are Very knowledgeable about their products and professional in their work.John inspected our home beforehand and recommended the best solution for our home. John was careful to thoroughly explain how his recommendation was appropriate for our needs.The price was reasonable and job was completed on time as promised. ALL their employees were courteous throughout the entire installation process.We HIGHLY recommend the First Defense Insulation team for your needs.
Daniel Hammock
Daniel Hammock
20:53 02 Feb 22
John and his crew came out and removed existing insulation in my attic and replaced it with new. The guys were punctual, polite, courteous, and did an excellent job for me, going above and beyond to ensure I was well taken care of by closing a couple of openings that rodents could gain access to the attic through and working around a few other issues we had.We can already tell a difference in how often our central unit needs to kick on and I am looking forward to seeing a reduced utility bill now that our insulation is done right.Thank you First Defense Insulation for not only treating us right, but going above and beyond. We appreciate you and highly recommend!!-Hunter Family
Adriane Hunter
Adriane Hunter
22:53 16 Dec 21
We’ve worked with Shad before when his crew installed foam insulation on our main house, and we were happy to be a repeat customer for our addition. He is pleasant and professional and his crew does great work. We highly recommend this business.
Dawne Adams
Dawne Adams
22:37 15 Oct 21
If you are looking to convert your home from a traditional insulation attic to a conditioned attic like I was… look no further. It started with the utmost professionalism and friendliness from one of the owners Shad, and continued all the way through the process with his team until the very end. You won’t find a more knowledgeable contractor when it comes to spray foam insulation. There is a lot more that goes into this process than just spraying the foam… and First Defense Insulation considers and informs you of all of them. The icing on the cake is how good of a job they do. You won’t have to worry if the job was done as good as it should, it will be done perfect. I crawled around every inch of my attic and couldn’t find one thing to not be fully satisfied about. I could not recommend this company more highly, and have already to my coworkers.
Noah
Noah
23:29 14 Oct 21
John and his crew were very efficient and professional! John was very thorough in explaining the insulation process and payment plans so that I knew what to expect. I have 4 people who work from home and we were thinking we would have to go into the office, but we were all able to stay at home during this process. There was noise but nothing that was extreme and once they finished over our office we could barely hear them. The crew was just amazing and so quick and efficient the first day was vacuuming and was the longest of course and then the other two days they were here at 8 and done before noon. They were always on time and didn’t waste a second. The second day the foam insulation is sprayed and there is a paint smell, but they did their best to contain it by putting plastic around the attic entrance, also we opened the windows and shut the doors of the rooms we were in and smelled nothing.Overall this was the best experience I have had with anyone who has worked on my house and I can’t wait to see the benefits on my electricity bill because we could already feel the difference after the foam was sprayed. Already our A/C does not have to come on as much. I highly recommend First Defense Installation.
Shawn Webber
Shawn Webber
00:20 30 Sep 21
I am blown away by the level of service that I’ve received from First Defense Insulation. From the initial phone call, to the in-home assessment, these guys are True professionals. Their knowledge and expertise has helped me drastically increase the energy efficiency of my home. John showed me the many areas of my home that were seriously lacking, and how I can address those issues. They put together a plan that really improved the comfort inside of my home. I could not be happier with their service. The work was clean, and everything went very smoothly with the job. I highly recommend them!
Jesse Diaz
Jesse Diaz
19:37 23 Sep 21
Knowledgeable, professional, flexible. They look at the problem and make sure the solution doesn’t inadvertently create another issue. That’s very helpful when dealing w insulation, floors, attics, HVAC, and overall structure.
Astrid Lange
Astrid Lange
15:02 13 Sep 21
Had open cell foam sprayed into our MASSIVE attic. Very expensive but it completely transformed the attic. It used to be extremely hot and felt dirty and dusty. Feels like part of the house now and is much cleaner (they remove the old “blown in” insulation as part of the job). We’re looking forward to seeing our first electricity bill with the new insulation.Communication was fantastic throughout; before, during and after the job. They addressed our concerns, thoroughly explained the process and what to expect, and kept us informed of progress while the job was being done. When the job was done the house was left spotless. I highly recommend these guys for your insulation work.
Dan E.
Dan E.
12:56 24 Aug 21
The staff of First Defense Insulation was on time, professional around me and my children, very time efficient the whole time they were at our house working. Eddie and the other young man did an amazing job at insulating our home, now we can stay cool in this Texas summer and warm in the winter!
Sandra Chicas
Sandra Chicas
18:35 08 Aug 21
We met with John Harper and his associate. They were so professional and explained every step of the insulation process. Prior to this we did not realize the importance of starting with the attic and to be sure it is up to the standard in order the the AC to work to the best of its ability. We haven’t had the work done yet and will review again but making me this huge financial decision and feeling comfortable already is a huge relief. Look for another review after the work is complete. John still as so professional and walked us through every step of the process.
Sheryl Warren
Sheryl Warren
21:40 24 Jul 21
Great team! They were very engaging and professional from the beginning to the end.
Marvin Ross
Marvin Ross
23:46 07 Jun 21
These guys told me it would take four daysThey were here early and ready to work they finished in two. Very professional and trustworthy. Job was done to perfectionI would highly recommend this company
eric pitre
eric pitre
22:09 27 Apr 21
After researching a number of companies, I selected John and his team for a big job removing the old insulation under our house and then spray foaming. The level of service from the time of our first meeting to the completion of the job was awesome. They finished faster than expected and left our home looking just like before they started. I would definitely recommend this company – great owners and team.
Kevin Gugenheim
Kevin Gugenheim
20:31 22 Apr 21
John Blackwell and his crew are amazing. Very quick response when he came to my home to give me my estimate, very fair pricing, high quality materials and his crew was very professional, friendly and showed respect to my home. Thank you for a smooth, easy, affordable service.
Jennifer Sherburne
Jennifer Sherburne
17:18 07 Apr 21
We needed to have some blown in insulation removed from our attic & our contractor recommended First Defense. We called them & set up an appt., & John came out & looked at the job we needed done, & gave us a quote. We knew shortly after we met him, that we wanted First Defense to do the work, & we couldn’t be happier with the job they did!!! His guys showed up early, & they got to work right away. They were all very professional & cleaned up after they were finished. We will be calling them again soon to do an even bigger job, & we look forward to an even more energy efficient home once that job is completed. Thank you John & Shad for making this such a pleasant experience! it was great meeting both of y’all, & we look forward to working with y’all again after the first of the year!!!
Denise Cheney-Coutorie
Denise Cheney-Coutorie
08:35 15 Dec 20
John and his team did a outstanding job at my house. Answered all my questions before during and after the whole process. The guys arrived on time everyday and cleaned up after themselves unlike most companies. They were very polite and professional the whole time. I already noticed the difference in how much less my A/C unite runs now. I highly recommended first defense to my family and neighbors. Thanks guys
Quentin Mellon
Quentin Mellon
23:11 16 Sep 20
I’m very very impressed with this company. I hired First Defense Insulation to come out to air seal, and insulate my attic. John came out with his crew to make sure the job was done correctly, and was working along side his employees doing the work. They did an awesome job. I would strongly recommend this company to anyone who needs a insulation job, rather it be a new house or older house, they do a great/professional job. John is very patient and understanding with his customers, he takes the time to listen and analyzes the problem/issue at hand, and then comes forth with his recommendations. Trust me, when John says that his company is going to do this or that, they absolutely will do it with no questions or exceptions. First Defense Insulation is very fair with their pricing. After the job is done, you would see and agree that they are worth every penny spent.
Leonard Melchor
Leonard Melchor
14:49 14 Sep 20
We called John about having our new home insulated. He came out, was very professional, answered all of our questions (and I had a lot)He sent us a very competitive quote. We called to let him know we were ready for the work to be done and he said they would be there with in 3 days!!! Not weeks like the other quotes we had gotten. The crew showed up right on time! Very professional, and did an amazing job!!! They even cleaned up and swept the house out. I could not have asked for a better experience with a company. I don’t plan on building another house but If I do… John and his crew will be the ones to do it!
Jamie Allen
Jamie Allen
01:05 20 Aug 20
The guys at First Defense are professional and courteous. I am a very picky when it comes to home projects and ask a lot of questions. Shad and John are patient and responded right away to any questions or concerns. Great team, great product, and professional service. Not much more a homeowner could ask for.Thanks James
James Nunnery
James Nunnery
09:17 05 Aug 20
Very happy! First Defense installed attic insulation and added insulation to our exterior walls. They arrived on time, did a good job, and finished when they said they would. Nice team. Thank you
Abel Ho
Abel Ho
06:09 11 Jul 20
John and Shad did a great job insulating our attic. We’re now looking forward to cooler summers and cozier winters and. Thanks First Defense Insulation!
Gayle Thomas
Gayle Thomas
02:57 07 Jul 20
We had our roof replaced by John and his team , and could not be happier. He was on time for all his appointments, very thorough with his initial inspection, and took his time not only showing us the pictures and videos he took but explaining it all. Job was done as agreed to and all dates where met I highly recommend as you will not be disappointing.
Alejandro Vasquez
Alejandro Vasquez
11:50 24 Jun 20
The team arrived on time, were polite and personable, did their jobs with professionalism and speed, and cleaned up afterwards. A very good experience overall.
Marie Davis
Marie Davis
03:49 16 May 20
John and his team are very professional and courteous. Great work, on time, and pricing competitive or better than any. Could not recommend more highly, results were excellent. Thanks again
Norman Huber
Norman Huber
12:45 29 Apr 20
I have contacted First Defence Insulation after I found them in google. And John was able to make an inspection appointment the very next day. Even though the supposed personal couldn’t make it to the appointment, John drove all the way from Houston to Dallas to fulfill his word and make it happen, instead of canceling on me. I appreciatte his respect for Customers and his level of knowledge when it comes to how the airconditioning and heating systems work in making the home comfortable while saving energy costs. During the inspection he crawled in to very tight attics and checked everything that needs sealing. Also he brought different demonstration materials to demo for me how insulation works in the attics. And stayed almost 6 hours just for a free inspection. Unfortunately I had a change of plan and haven’t continued his the project. But as far as I can tell from the inspection John is really communicative and professional. And I recommend him and his company for insulation projects and making your home comfortable.
Sen Ada
Sen Ada
19:59 13 Apr 20
Used them for insulating the attic. Job was complete less than 2 weeks from my original phone call. Estimator was out the next day. Service was great, and they cleaned up well before they left.
Noah Matheny
Noah Matheny
05:25 11 Mar 20
To find another company in the industry that can parallel the performance in any avenue of business as First Defense Insulation I believe will be IMPOSSIBLE. This company is AMAZING!!! From the quality of their work all the way through their fantastic customer service… the First Defense Team has been a blessing to work with. THANK YOU! Keep doing GREAT THINGS!!
John Harper
John Harper
17:35 08 Mar 20
First Defense Insulation is very professional. Shad, John and their crews are top notch. For the best experience and best people to do business with call First Defense Insulation. You will be glad you did.
Daniel Knapp
Daniel Knapp
02:39 06 Mar 20