Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why insulate my home?

    1) Energy Inefficiency = Expensive.
    Your home shelters you from the worst of the elements, but if cold air is leaking through any area in the home,
    like areas around windows, doors, or even in your attic and roof), it can make your house colder, and less energy efficient.
    A poorly insulated home allows that cold air in, and causes your thermostat to turn the furnace on much more than it needs to.
    The more your furnace turns on, the more money it costs you, day after day, year after year. The same concept applies in the air conditioning months, where poor insulation makes the house warmer, which triggers the AC to turn on.
    And, a poorly insulated home also lets warm air out. Attic insulation is the most common job we do, because warm air rises, and if there’s little or no insulation in your ceilings, attic, and roof, then that warm air that you paid good money to heat escapes through the roof’s cracks and crevices.

    2) Be comfortable inside your home. If you’ve got drafty areas around your house, and feel the need to bundle up in your own home, then you know there’s energy leaking out and cold air coming in.
    Why suffer through another season with discomfort?
    Keep your family and pets comfortable all year round by making sure your home is well insulated.

    3) Keep room temperatures regulated.
    If you have some rooms in your house that are colder or warmer than others, then that’s a sign of poor insulation that is allowing cold or heat into the house unnecessarily, which affects comfort as well as fuel expenses.
    Whether you’re an energy saver concerned about global resources, want to keep a tight lid on monthly expenses, or just want to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, hiring a trusted home insulation company like Storm Group Insulation to perform an energy audit and/or install insulation is a wise investment that can easily pay for itself in just a short time.

  • How does the Energy Audit and Blower Door Test Kit work?

    We perform energy efficiency audits with our Blower Door inspection process that is incredibly accurate. This test contains a scientific gauge that measures areas of air leakage, negative pressure, poor temperature regulation, and much more.

    Our blower door diagnostic tool determines how much air your home leaks out per hour. Leaked air means that your home needs to be re-heated or re-cooled, which increases your energy bills.

    In fact, the State of Minnesota passed new energy efficiency codes in 2015 that now require blower door testing for all new home construction builds and for major remodeling jobs. It’s that effective in measuring homes’ energy efficiency, and now we can perform those tests in your home.

    As a Minneapolis Blower Door testing company, we took part in rigorous training by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), and like all of our services, aim to be the most precise and professional in delivering long-term performance of your home exterior, which allows you to enjoy your home to its fullest, and save you as much money as possible.

  • How do I get started?

    Simple - just call us at 612-559-2449, or fill out the easy quote form on this page. We can schedule a free consultation, or answer any questions. We’re happy to help!

  • What are the benefits of quality insulation?

    The short answer is energy efficiency, comfort, and money savings. If your furnace now turns on 12 times per day, imagine how much money per day you’d save if it only turned on just 6 times. How much would you save if you did that every month? Every year? If you were to run the math on how much you’d save by getting an energy evaluation and investing in high performance insulation and weatherization air sealing, we’re confident that you’ll find it’s a wise investment that easily makes your money back over time by significant savings in fuel costs.
    Plus, if you’re energy conscious and have concerns about the planet’s use of energy, you can do your part by installing quality insulation to ensure that your furnace and AC are used sparingly to minimize those fuel expenditures.
    And let’s not forget the importance of keeping your home comfortable year round for your family and pets. If some rooms are cooler or warmer than others, then you can really benefit from quality home insulation. When you work with a quality insulation installer like Storm Group Insulation, you’ll enjoy a warm, cozy home through the chilly winters, and a cool, comfortable home through the steamy summers.

  • What types of insulation do you use?

    At Storm Group Insulation, we tailor our insulation types to each unique home’s needs. One person’s attic may be leaking warm air out the roof, while another’s home has cold air coming in from thin walls and drafty windows.
    There are many types of home insulation that we consider; foam board, in-wall spray, fiberglass batt, rigid, rockwool, styrofoam, rigid foam, radiant barrier, reflective, and attic foil, just to name a few! It’s common to use several different types of insulation in combination, depending on the application needed.
    We’re experienced pros in completing an energy evaluation, prescribing the best insulation for your home’s energy saving and protective needs, and providing you a competitive quote so we can start saving you money right away.

  • What’s the best insulation?

    The “best” is whatever combination of quality insulation that makes the most sense for your home’s needs. There are several manufacturers that we’ve chosen carefully for their quality and other factors. To give a quick example though, we’re proud to be an Owens-Corning installer (most are familiar with the Pink Panther insulation), and they’re an example of a company that we’ve chosen as a manufacturer of high quality that stands the test of time and keeps your budget in mind.

  • Where do you install the insulation?

    There are many areas that we look at, but the first two are always the attic insulation and in the walls. Air tends to leak out of thin walls and thin attics pretty easily, but as one of the leading Minneapolis insulation companies, we know the best attic insulation to use for your home, along with other areas to look at.
    In addition to attic and walls, the other areas that we typically install insulation to are: the basement walls and basement ceiling, crawlspace, ducts and ductwork, floors, attic stairs, garage, areas around windows, and any other weatherizing technique that keeps your home protected from the elements and keeps your indoor temperatures regulated so you’re not spending excess money on heating and cooling.
    How does insulation work? Most insulation materials work by slowing or restricting conductive heat flow. Since the most common insulation area is the attic, it’s a good example of heat loss without quality insulation. Heat rises, so as you heat your home, the heated air rises into the ceiling, into the attic, and out the roof and attic walls. With good R-value insulation, the heat loss gets slowed down considerably, keeping your home temperatures regulated, your furnace or AC from turning on more, and keeping more money in your wallet.

  • What does “R Value” mean?

    R-Value refers to the insulating material's Resistance (“R”) to conductive heat flow. In our case, we want to measure in terms of thermal resistance or R-value. The higher the R-value, the most effective it is in insulating.

  • Do you do commercial insulation in addition to homes?

    Yes - we’re well-equipped to handle any commercial insulation contractor jobs.

  • What’s the next step?

    We can set up a no-obligation consultation to discuss blower door testing, insulation types and home insulation cost specific to your unique home’s needs. Contact us by phone at 612-559-2449,
    or complete the online quote form here, and start saving money by making your home energy efficient today!

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