1st Choice Energy, Attic Insulation, TX

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These three important home performance elements combine to make your home comfortable and energy efficient by ensuring that your air conditioned or heated air remains in your home. 1st Choice Energy provides a comprehensive approach to each one, including assessment, diagnosis, remediation and professional installation. Plus, our experienced team can guide you through taking advantage of any rebates or tax incentives available.

Weatherization Saves Energy by Sealing Cracks & Gaps

1st Choice Energy has a number of tools and techniques for pinpointing where outdoor air infiltration is happening. In addition to visual inspections both inside and out, infrared camera imaging can be used to diagnose tough problems and “see” behind walls and barriers where heat and air might be sneaking into your home.

Sealing gaps commonly found around doors and plumbing penetrations with weather stripping and caulk can add up to big home energy savings. Additionally, by keeping unfiltered air outside, you’ll notice less dust, allergens and other pollutants in your home.

Improve Attic Insulation to Enhance Air Conditioning Efficiency

Attic insulation is another key factor in improving home energy performance. It's not uncommon for temperatures to reach 130-150° F in Austin attics during the summer. The only barrier between these high attic temperatures and the inside of your house is the sheet rock ceiling and attic insulation. High-performance insulation reduces the rate of heat transfer from the hot attic into your house.

As part of your weatherization assessment, we’ll take a look at your insulation to see how well it’s doing its job. If your attic needs insulation, our technicians can install CertainTeed Insulsafe®  white blown-in fiberglass insulation to the thickness needed.

What R-Value of Insulation Will My Attic Require?

Insulation is rated using "R" values to measure its resistance to heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the better insulation the material provides, which really slows the transfer of heat from the attic to your house! An insulation value of R38 is recommended for Austin attics. This translates to approximately 15 inches of blown fiberglass insulation.

Duct Sealing Improves HVAC Efficiency & Indoor Air Quality

The top energy-saving measure in most Austin area homes is sealing leaky ductwork. Duct sealing solves two challenges at the same time:

  1. Duct sealing keeps conditioned air in the ducts and delivers it to living areas.

  2. Duct sealing prevents air that contains pollutants or contaminants like pollen, chemicals or bacteria from being circulated through your home.

To seal ductwork, 1st Choice Energy technicians use duct mastic, which is a thick, viscous sealing material that is applied to duct connections, between the register and sheet rock, and at the supply and return air plenums. The City of Austin target is to reduce leakage below 10%, but the 1st Choice Energy team often achieves leakage levels much lower than this!

Energy Efficiency Rebates & Incentives Make Improvements Easy

Austin Energy customers may be eligible for rebates to make weatherization improvements to their homes. To apply for a rebate, click here or give us a call to learn more.

Weatherization, duct sealing and attic insulation are key to home energy efficiency. Get started saving today!

  • Thank you for the quick and professional service.  We appreciated the thoroughness of Mr. Deron Neblett.  He was very good in explaining his findings and answering our questions.  We would definitely recommend your company to others.

    Joel and Judy Raymond
  • David did an energy audit on the house I bought.  He explained as he went along what he was doing and what would need done. Part of the attic needed added insulation, which he arranged to have done which was a great help to me. He was friendly and professional.

    Cathy G.
  • I wanted to let you know how very happy I was with the energy audit conducted by 1st Choice Energy. The work was done with care to get the most accurate evaluation possible.

    Mary Claire G.
  • I recently used 1st Choice Energy to perform a required Austin energy audit on my parent's home that I am assisting them in selling. They responded to my initial inquiry quickly, quoted a great price right then, and was able to schedule the audit within the next few days.

    David Shockley
  • Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for a job well done. You were knowledgeable and did a thorough study of the house. You were professional, skilled and conscientious.

    D. Linette Beal-Stubbs
  • 1st Choice Energy did a great job from start to finish on the weatherization work for my new home purchase!

    Kathryn
  • 1st Choice Energy gave excellent advice on what needed to be done to install a new A/C unit and to add insulation in our 60 year old house. They did the estimate which turned out to be by far the lowest.

    Matthias
  • 1st Choice Energy is simply The Best! Very friendly and professional, they know what they're doing and they do it quickly and thoroughly. They were on time and trustworthy, and explained the inspection process and the energy-saving recommendations clearly and logically.

    Margaret
  • 1st Choice Energy came over to help me understand why my electricity bill had jumped by 50%. They were extremely professional and helpful, fully explained the problem, and wrote me up a thorough recommendation.

    Anita
  • 1st Choice Energy was great to work with. They was very responsive and able to get everything set up for us very quickly. We had AC and weatherization work done. I would highly recommend 1st Choice Energy, especially if you're going through the Austin Energy Rebate or Loan route.

    Jeremy
  • I wholeheartedly recommend the services provided 1st Choice Energy.  When I first learned that I needed an energy audit before my final inspection could be completed, I was a little nervous about what needed to be done.

    Marianne