5 Tips For Attic Insulation Efficiency
Fall is here! Finally, we can breathe a sigh of relief, open our windows, and let some cool autumn air into our homes. As you enjoy this respite from the heat of summer and journey into the colder temperatures, you’re probably winterizing your home. There are many ways to do this, and one of the biggest is assuring that your attic is well-insulated. Having efficient insulation can save energy and keep your home more comfortable during these cooler months.
There are five things you need to know before 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 measures 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. How To Tell If Your Insulation Is Old
You may think old insulation is better than no insulation, but the old stuff can be unhealthy for the airflow in your home. If your insulation is compressed, discolored, or damp, it’s a problem. Call F.H. Furr to inspect your insulation. Our team will provide honest, knowledgeable advice regarding your insulation needs.
3. Refill Insulation Where Spots 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 is old or damaged, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in replacement insulation. By maintaining your attic, you will save money on the energy used in your home.
5. Knowing The Types of Insulation
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 some types of insulation that are available.
When replacing all insulation, fiberglass is often blown in and installed. Cellulose, although common, is more susceptible to heat damage. 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!