Your furnace is running, but you don’t seem to achieve the warmth you want for comfort this winter. No matter how high you set the temperature on the thermostat, it’s still cold. The electric bills don’t seem to drop, and you don’t understand why. But is your attic well insulated? Insulation is the ultimate solution to heat loss. Additionally, it keeps the cold air outside and retains the warm air inside.
Here’s what you need to know about improving your home’s insulation.
1. Why attic insulation is necessary
The attic is as cold as outside. Since it’s a cold zone in winter, it’s designed to provide a protective barrier from the cold in winter and heat in summer. However, it can only meet its purpose if it’s well insulated.
Insulating your attic will significantly lower your utility bills, and thermal insulation materials like fiberglass and cellulose are the best for the purpose.
Installing an insulator in your attic needs expertise, and Airco Service has a well-equipped staff to get your home insulated. They’ll also remove old insulation in case it’s damaged. Additionally, their experts can perform sealing to prevent warm air from leaking.
2. How to evaluate your home’s current condition
Check the condition of the attic. If you find some damp or wet spots, that’s a need for concern. Additionally, if you see mold or rotten rafters, it’s time to add insulation.
Call an expert to evaluate the size of the rafters, since they could be undersized or loose and need to be re-fixed before proceeding with the insulation process. You don’t want a roof covered in loads of snow in winter.
The R-value you need for your attic based on your location. Keep in mind that the higher the R-value, the more efficient your insulating material will be. Choose the material based on your region’s R-value.
Blanket insulation is available in batts and rolls and is best for attics with standard-spaced beams. Loose-fill insulation is perfect for lofts with tiny beams and many obstructions like vents and cracks.
Spray foam insulation is more expensive but has the best R-value and comes in closed cell and open cell sprays. They are effective air and moisture barriers for your attic.
3. Ensuring your insulation is adequate
To keep heat inside your house, proper insulation is critical. Most homes have insulation already installed, but the insulation material is not always suitable to keep your home cozy and prevent your HVAC from excess work.
An HVAC expert from Airco Service will gladly use the best method to ensure you have adequate warmth in your home. R-value, as well as the best type of insulation for your attic, will be considered.
Batt insulation is considered less efficient than blown-in insulation. Blown-in is easier to install and is more durable and somewhat permanent.
If you live in an older home, get an expert to blow and seal the areas of your attic where the air is escaping, like windows and door gaps.
If your attic is poorly insulated or you need a re-insulation, Airco Service is here to help. Seek professional help to avoid poor insulation jobs that may cost you in the long run.
Ensure your loved ones are comfortable on a cold winter night by insulating your attic in time. Also, protect your family from health issues that are caused by poor structural problems. Contact Airco Service today!