Fall is here! Finally we can breathe a sigh of relief, open our windows, and let some of that cool autumn air filter through our homes. As you enjoy this respite from the heat of summer and journey into the colder temperatures, you’re probably in the process of winterizing your home. There are many different ways that this can be accomplished, and one of the biggest is assuring that your attic is well insulated. This can save energy and keep your home more comfortable during these cooler months.
There are 5 things you need to know about choosing the perfect insulation for your attic that will provide comfort and efficiency as the chilly air blows in!
1. R-Value is Important! Find out what value you need!
The R-Value of insulation is a measurement of how resistant a section of insulation is to heat flow. The higher the value, the more resistant it is to heat. Thus, the higher the value, the more protection you receive. Most of the time, the R-Value you need is determined by local building codes according to where you live. Your local code enforcement office should be able to provide you with a detailed list of recommendations for your area.
2. Ditch the old stuff! How to tell if your home’s insulation is too old!
If your insulation is old and worn out it’s not doing it’s job. You may think old insulation is better than no insulation, but the old stuff can be unhealthy for the air flow in your home. If your insulation is compressed, discolored or damp, it’s a problem. Grab a ladder and find out what state your current insulation is really in! Better yet, give F.H. Furr a call and let them take care of it!
3. Refill insulation in spots that are bare.
If you’ve found that you’ve got bare spots where air escapes, it’s time to add some insulation around those areas. Refiling your insulation is a necessary thing to do when you find that some places are wearing thin. F.H. Furr's trained HVAC experts are ready to tackle this issue for you!
4. Install new insulation
The time may have come for you to invest in an overhaul replacement. If your attic insulation just isn’t cutting it due to age or damage, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in replacement insulation. By maintaining your attic, you will actually be saving money on the energy that is used in your home.
5. Types of insulation. Knowing what to use.
Whether you’re refilling bare areas, installing brand new insulation or just filling cracks, it’s good to know what types of insulation are best for each situation. Fiberglass, rock wool, and insulation foam spray are all available for use. When a full installation is taking place, fiberglass is often blown in and installed. Cellulose, although common, is actually more susceptible to heat damage (check out the video below for a cool visual on heat and insulation.) Rock wool is available in widths suited to standard wall studs and attic floor joists. For cracks in your attic, foam spray will do the trick. For a simple refill, choose an insulation that can be blown into the spaces by a professional.
As winter approaches, be sure to stay on top of the energy use in your home! Call F.H. Furr for a home inspection, and let us help keep your home running comfortably and efficiently!