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 60 reviews
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 Erdman
Dan Erdman
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
We needed someone to insulate my late mother-in-law’s house, which was built in 1941 and had never been insulated. John and his assistant met my wife at the home and spent over an hour thoroughly inspecting the attic and crawl space. John delivered our options and his recommendations in layman’s terms as we know very little about insulation. He responded promptly and thoroughly to emailed questions.We decided to have the sprayed foam insulation installed, and to take advantage of the one year same as cash financing option. That worked smoothly and quickly, with same day approval and John’s crew able to begin work the next day. They worked diligently, and finished the job a day ahead of the projected schedule. The foam was applied cleanly, and the crews cleaned up after themselves so that the only clue they had been there was the new insulation. John checked on the crews as they worked, and came out the last day and inspected the job himself to be sure it was completed as he had said it would be. He sent us pictures and video of the work as it was being performed, and kept us informed of the progress each day.Today, when we were there, the entire house was able to be cooled and kept very comfortable with only one of the five air conditioning units in the house. The difference was phenomenal.We are definitely pleased with our decision to insulate, and to use First Defense Insulation to do the job. They were thorough, honest, competent, and all we could have hoped for. We know who we will call if we ever need an insulation company again.James and Dwana NowakLufkin, Texas
James Nowak
James Nowak
03:58 23 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
Fantastic customer service. I had a small urgent need during a renovation I discovered about 90 sqft of exterior wall left uninsulated. John went above and beyond to squeeze me in on a Friday evening. I highly recommend.
Chris Voges
Chris Voges
01:21 10 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 are building a new house and First Defense Insulation did a wonderful job for us. They were easy to contact and sent the estimate right away. The work started and finished on time, so now we can move on to dry wall! Thank you so much for your help. We will call if we need anything in the future!
Catherine Westmoreland
Catherine Westmoreland
21:25 17 Mar 21
We had some last minute design changes in the shop loft that impacted the insulation envelope. John adjusted the foam schedule accordingly on short notice. Super fast response to all of our calls.The insulation looks great! It is very comfortable inside, even without air conditioning.The First Defense team cleaned the concrete foundation and bagged the scrapings, the foam shavings, and fiberglass scraps. Our site was clean when they left.We highly recommend First Defense Insulation!
Laura Spiker
Laura Spiker
15:54 29 Dec 20
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
Great company and people. Have had several separate jobs done, all high quality, thorough and reasonably priced. Would highly recommend to anyone with insulation needs.
Jane Wilson
Jane Wilson
03:16 23 Nov 20
John and team did an amazing job on insulating our basement. The job was completed in a timely fashion and done right the first time!
Abbey Allen
Abbey Allen
06:59 19 Nov 20
We could not be more pleased with the work that was done at our home. The installation team was so professional and mindful of the attention to detail while in the home. I would highly recommend First Defense Insulation! Excellent customer service and very professional!
Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis
09:15 15 Nov 20
John and his team were great to work with. They were flexible with my schedule and did a great job. I would highly recommend.
Mindy Rogers
Mindy Rogers
07:48 07 Nov 20
Highly appreciate how dedicated First Defense Insulation crew did the insulation work. Good thing is that the results are all over showing.
Priscilla Brimm
Priscilla Brimm
03:39 18 Oct 20
First Defense Insulation have an outstanding customer care. Called them yesterday for an estimate about my crawl insulation and they even sent a guy to come over and inspect the area. I was really pleased with their dedication and decided to use them. Thanks again for the good customer care!
Nichols Bond
Nichols Bond
07:05 14 Oct 20
John and his crew are top level professionals. They took care of our full attic insulation installation in a timely manner. They were very cost effective as well. I won’t use another insulation technician.
Wayland Spurlock
Wayland Spurlock
09:23 10 Oct 20
There are many positive things to say about First Defense Insulation. They were courteous; prompt; they kept me well informed during the course of the repair. Hands down they were the best choice from other competitors in the local area. I would call them again first for their services should the need ever arise.
Lee Berry
Lee Berry
06:25 06 Oct 20
Thanks to everyone who addressed an insulation issue with our home. The phone response was quick. Within a few days the technicians arrived and corrected the issue immediately. The techs were very professional and courteous.
Claire Murdoch
Claire Murdoch
07:32 20 Sep 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
Very professional and easy to work with. Was very helpful in spraying my attic and crawl space. Highly recommended!
Grace Glenn
Grace Glenn
05:46 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
First Defense Insulation crew did an exceptional job adding insulation to my home. They were very professional, courteous, and hard workers. They took time to get the job done properly while keeping the work area clean. We’ll be recommending to my friends!
Erick Major
Erick Major
06:50 12 Sep 20
Great company. Staff was very professional and exceeded my expectations. Job completed last week and already notice a difference. Highly recommend
Lurlene Pratt
Lurlene Pratt
05:17 08 Sep 20
Great experience. Professional in every way. I highly recommend this company. I noticed the temperature difference the next day. Thanks
Sarah Carlson
Sarah Carlson
08:13 23 Aug 20
John and his company recently completed an insulation job on our new home. His guys did a fantastic job and left the house cleaner than when they started. I appreciate the excellent bid, prompt service, friendliness of the crew and most of all their attention to the cleanliness of our job. If you are in the market for insulation, start here! Thanks, John!
Judi Thomas
Judi Thomas
01:42 20 Aug 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
John and Shad were here today to insulate and weather-strip my crawl space. They were prompt, courteous and very knowledgeable. They were also very respectful of my home.
Louie Hubbard
Louie Hubbard
05:58 19 Aug 20
Excellent insulation job done at my home by First Defense Insulation. All were very professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Quality work, very respectful, took the time to explain the process, and cleaned up nicely. I highly recommend them.
Dougy Mohr
Dougy Mohr
06:42 15 Aug 20
Happy with my experience with First Defense Insulation, they were able to answer all my questions regarding the job, were timely for both initial inspection/quote as well as the day of the install. I would recommend this company for your insulation needs.
Pierre Leanesilva
Pierre Leanesilva
06:42 11 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
Quick and efficient. John was fantastic to work with and I would recommend First Defense Insulation to anyone needing help with insulation.
Ilaire Nodall
Ilaire Nodall
06:42 19 Jul 20
Professional, courteous, insulation installation team! They came on time, worked efficiently and answered all my questions.
Hayes Buckley
Hayes Buckley
06:30 15 Jul 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
Excellent service, quality, and they did exactly what they said they were going to do. Not only was the job done as I expected, but they showed up on time and that’s important to me. Highly recommend using this company.
Damien Major
Damien Major
12:58 17 Jun 20
Quick, very professional and friendly. Did estimate immediately and scheduled our job. Crew was professional and friendly, cleaned up work area. They also took the time to explain what they did. Would recommend this company for any insulation needs.
Jorge Hayter
Jorge Hayter
03:09 14 Jun 20
Just had my attic insulated. The crew and service were top notch! Prompt, hard working and very friendly to work with. Would definitely recommend using this company!
Erica Richard
Erica Richard
08:57 09 Jun 20
I had First Defense do my attic insulation and air sealing, they were fast with getting me an estimate and scheduled me right away. Their crew was polite and cleaned up very good. I would highly recommend First Defense Insulation.
Catherine Napierkowski
Catherine Napierkowski
03:03 06 Jun 20
I would highly recommend First Defense Insulation. They came out to give us a very professional presentation and explained everything clearly. I didn’t feel pressured to purchase something I didn’t need. When the crew showed up, they were very respectful of us and our home.
Kelly Collins
Kelly Collins
13:51 27 May 20
Great company to deal with. They came in with a very competitive price and when the crew arrived to do the work they were very professional. They did a great job protecting the work area and cleaned up when they were finished. I would use them again and recommend them to my friends.
Kinsley Goodyear
Kinsley Goodyear
03:50 24 May 20
Everything about the experience with First Defense Insulation was fantastic. From setting up the estimate to enjoying the final product. Quick, prompt and professional, thank you to everyone involved for the great experience. Would highly recommend!
David Bates
David Bates
04:26 20 May 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 did a great job on our attic insulation project. His quote was accurate and laid out exactly the work to be done. The team took great care inside our home and the process was extremely easy. Thank you!
Ossie Allard
Ossie Allard
06:27 11 May 20
I had a small job to be insulated. I called John and he got me in within a week. They came out yesterday and did a fantastic job. Very easy to work with. I recommend them highly. Thanks guys!
Feliks Purkey
Feliks Purkey
04:03 07 May 20