The insulation in your attic makes a big difference in how efficiently your home is cooled and heated. Throughout the day, heat rises and then goes to your attic to escape through small holes and gaps.
Insulating your attic will help trap that heat and will keep your home warmer for the winter. For hot-sizzling weather, the insulation will keep your house cooler by moderating the temperatures of your house.
Why Insulate my Attic?
There are many benefits to keeping your house well insulated. It will keep the heat in during the colder months of winter and keep your house cool during the hotter seasons. This is due to the improved temperature moderating features of the insulation.
Heat escaping through your attic can actually cause your energy bills to skyrocket. By insulating your attic, you are saving yourself money by preventing leakage. Your home will be able to sustain a warm or cool temperature for a longer period of time so that you can be cozier in the winters and cooler during the summers.
You are also saving your system from having to do more work, extending its lifetime by a ton.
To Insulate or Not To Insulate
Whether you need to replace or reinstall the insulation in your attic, it is crucial to be kept at a normal level at ALL TIMES! You can check to see if your insulation material levels are below your attic floor beams and add more accordingly.
If you cannot see the floor joists of your attic, you probably don’t need any more insulation material. You can also check your insulation’s R-value, which is the measurement of how well an object resists the conductive flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better the resistance.
Different Types of Insulation
Some of the most common types of attic insulation use fiberglass batts or cellulose. Fiberglass batts consist of pre-cut wooly fiberglass material stacked in rolls. Cellulose is made from ground-up paper, cloth, and loose mineral wool made into foam strips or slabs.
Its always recommended that you hire a professional to install these insulations due to the different types of materials used. They’ll also have the equipment to get it done most effectively and efficiently.
Here are the most common ways to place insulation:
Roll-On insulation is the quickest installation process of them all. It simply requires rolling the insulation pad out in your attic to fit the whole space. This process is done with fiberglass, mineral wool, and other fiber insulation materials.
The blow-in insulation process is a better choice for looser forms of insulation such as cellulose and mineral wool. The contractor you hire will blow in the material from a large hose, which will help you cover even smaller crevices to close off any leakage.
The spray foam process is energy-efficient and will expand wherever it is sprayed, filling holes and producing an air-tight sealant. This is the easiest to install but will require the expertise of a professional.