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Living in upstate New York, we understand the challenges of keeping your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you want to improve your home comfort in the depths of our snowy winters or on the most humid summer days, it’s important to make sure your attic is properly insulated.
Attic insulation is commonly paired with air sealing to prevent damp outside air from seeping into your home during the summer and keep expensive heat inside on those chilly winter nights. At Fred F. Collis & Sons, we offer professional attic insulation services to give you the greatest possible comfort and energy efficiency for your Utica, NY area home. We’ll start with a comprehensive home energy audit to identify where the best energy saving investments should start. With potential energy savings of 20% to 30%, insulating your attic is a great place to start!
Benefits of Proper Attic Insulation
There are many areas in your home where you might improve insulation. However, your attic has the biggest impact on overall home comfort. A properly insulated attic will:
Slow heat transmission into and out of the attic
Keep indoor temperatures more consistent
Reduce home heating and cooling loads
Reduce home energy consumption
Lower your heating and cooling bills
Extend the life of your HVAC equipment
Some types of insulation, like spray foam, can even increase your house’s structural strength, improve fire resistance, or reduce noise levels.
Why is Attic Insulation So Important?
Your attic space sits at the top of your home, the space between your roof structure and the living areas of your home. In our area, attics can be quite large since we build homes with steep roofs to allow snow to slide off. Warm air tends to rise up towards the attic due to what is called “stack effect.” When your attic is air sealed and properly insulated, we reduce the natural stack effect and keep conditioned air inside where it’s supposed to be.
What Type of Attic Insulation is Best for My Home?
While there are many types of insulation, there are two that we’ve found to provide superior insulating qualities particularly suited to attic spaces. Our expert insulation team focuses on two types of insulation for attics:
Spray Foam Insulation: This low-pressure foam solution is applied to the inside areas of the attic, where it expands and hardens into a rigid thermal barrier. Spray foam insulation also provides an effective seal against air infiltration. We often use this solution for converting an attic into a conditioned living space by applying it to the roofline and exterior walls.
Blown-in Cellulose Insulation: Cellulose insulation is made from plant fibers, commonly recycled newspapers, which is then treated with a fire retardant. It is blown into the attic spaces once the area is air sealed to a specific dense pack depth for the desired R-value.
Expert Installation is Key for Attic Insulation
Many people don’t realize the training and experience that’s required to install insulation so that it performs as it should. To create an effective thermal barrier that keeps your living areas cozy, it’s important to apply the insulation material evenly and meticulously. The experienced insulation team at Fred F. Collis & Sons is dedicated to professional installation to conform with best building practices. The result will lower your energy bills, save money, and provide year-round comfort.