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March 6, 2019
Attic insulation plays a major role in your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. In the winter, it keeps valuable indoor heat from escaping through the roof. Meanwhile, in the summer, it keeps unwanted outside heat from seeping down into your living spaces.
Many Utica and Rome area homeowners assume that because their attic was insulated when it was built, their attic insulation needs are covered. But when an estimated 90% of American homes are under-insulated, chances are your attic could use an insulation upgrade. Is it time to add more insulation to your attic?
Signs That It’s Time to Reinsulate the Attic
Insulation has a tendency to become less effective over time. This may be due to natural settling or issues like excess moisture, mold growth, and pest infestation. If you’re not sure whether your attic needs an insulation upgrade, look for these telltale signs:
Visible mold growth or damage to attic insulation
Uneven temperatures from room to room, especially upstairs
Indoor drafts, especially on the first floor of your home
High energy bills in both winter and summer
Ice dams and icicles along the edge of your roof
The Benefits of Proper Attic Insulation
Attic insulation plays a larger role than you might think in keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient. When your attic is properly insulated by an experienced contractor, you can expect benefits like:
Consistent indoor comfort
With less indoor heat escaping in the winter and outside heat entering in the summer, you’ll see more consistent indoor temperatures year-round. Attic insulation also helps reduce indoor drafts.
Greater energy efficiency
When indoor temperatures are naturally more stable, your heating and cooling systems can run less often. This helps you conserve more energy.
Lower heating & cooling costs
When your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable, you’ll see the savings on your heating and cooling bills! Plus, you’ll likely save on HVAC repair and replacement expenses.
The Best Types of Insulation for Attics
At Fred F. Collis & Sons, we install two major types of insulation in attics: spray foam insulation and blown-in cellulose insulation. Spray foam is essential for closing up any air leaks that lead from your living spaces into the attic. We also use it along the attic ceiling to convert an attic into a conditioned living space. Blown-in cellulose, on the other hand, is best for unconditioned attics, where we install it along the attic floor. Both types of insulation are extremely effective at controlling heat flow into and out of the attic.
Our team can help you decide which of these materials is best for you — and how much insulation to install based on the state of your home’s existing insulation.
Looking to increase your home comfort and save more energy at home? It may be time to install new attic insulation. Contact us or call (315) 768-2323 today to find out what an attic insulation upgrade could do for your home!