Earth tones. Stucco. Adobe-style architecture. These images are the common representations of residences in the American Southwest, especially in New Mexico. While such notions are geared toward desert living, a significant portion of New Mexico is prone to experience wild temperature swings due to high regional altitudes. In any region where climate extremes occur, temperature regulation is crucial to comfortable living at home. Insulation, while being a critical component to regulating indoor temperatures, has been overlooked, to some extent, in the more elevated regions of New Mexico.
“Frankly, a lot of these houses have no insulation at all,” said Bob Lepage, whose company, Ex-El Foam, is based in Albuquerque. “People are struggling to figure out how to insulate their homes without having to gut them.”