Des Moines Pest Control

It is Not Too Late to Insulate with Preferred Pest

February 11, 2014

Despite the harsh cold and February winter storms, spring is officially around the corner. Many of you may have changed gears into survival mode with thoughts of summer to keep your hands warm as you scrape off the frost from your windshield or breathe in the bitter cold as you shovel your driveway. It seems too far into winter at this point to consider home insulation, as we just wrap ourselves up in more layers and almost pride ourselves on being able to survive such conditions.

Our winter this year was no more or less severe than winters past; however, with more than 90 percent of homes paying more for heat due to the rise in prices for natural gas, electricity and propane, most of us could feel its effects, whether it was in our walls or in our wallets. When we think of home insulation, we often associate it with winter and consider it a seasonal housekeeping task. We prepare our homes for severe winter weather, but what about the hot summer days?

The average American home spends more than half of its energy on heating and cooling-anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of the energy bill. With the average monthly highs in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 80s for June, July and August with relative humidity easily reaching 80 percent, chances are that our summer spending on cooling brings many of us to the higher end of that statistic.

That is why home insulation should be a priority item when you budget for maintaining your home. It helps you save energy and money with an estimated $750 savings per year for the typical house. But not all insulation is created equal. It is important you are aware of the different kinds and what would be most beneficial for you:

  • Blankets (batts or rolls) work best for unfinished walls, floors and ceilings with standard stud and joint spacing that is free from obstructions.
  • Loose-fill, sprayed foam and foamed-in-place insulation is great for wall cavities and unfinished attic floors and hard-to-reach and irregularly shaped places.
  • Rigid foam provides high insulating value for relatively little thickness for basement walls, exterior walls under finishmaterials and unvented low-slope roofs.
  • Reflective is suitable for unfinished floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Structural insulated panels take less time to build and provide superior and uniform insulation for unfinished floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Insulating concrete creates high thermal resistance for unfinished walls for new construction.


Preferred Pest is a full-service pest control provider, but our team of certified professionals also provides quality insulation needs that are unique to your building. Whether it is your house, apartment building, restaurant, school or organization - you can count on us! We provide solutions that guarantee your home and business uses energy efficiently and effectively.

Contact us today to learn how our insulation services make for a more comfortable and more cost-efficient home or work environment for you.

*Preferred Pest Control is a Mid-American Energy authorized installer. This means that you may qualify for a 75 percent rebate (up to $1,000) from Mid-American Energy for your new home insulation.