Attic Insulation: Does Your Home Have Enough?

Attic Insulation: Does Your Home Have Enough?The materials that your home is constructed from provide you protection from the elements, but they generally lack enough insulation R-value to maximize your comfort and home efficiency. That’s what insulation is for. In fact, investing a little time to learn the basics of attic insulation can pay off big time when it comes to maximizing your investment in comfort, energy savings and protecting your roof.

More Insulation, More Benefits

If you have an unfinished attic, you probably don’t go up there very often. Who wants to go up in the attic during cold winter days or hot summer days anyway? However, it is necessary for someone to check on things up there, such as your insulation, from time to time.

According to statistics from the Energy Star program, 9 out of 10 U.S. homes lack adequate insulation. That’s an astonishing figure when you consider the awareness of home efficiency these days. When you install up to R-60, as suggested by Energy Star, you may enjoy the following benefits:

  • Adequate and properly-installed insulation saves energy.
  • Paper or foil-backed insulation obstructs air movement.
  • Insulation helps prevent ice dams on your roof’s eaves.

Insulation Materials, Types and Installation

Insulation materials most commonly used in attics are cellulose, fiberglass, rock wool and foam. They are available in different types of installations, such as rolls, loose fill and spray on. Some insulation types are better or more convenient for specific areas than others.

  • Rolls: Fiberglass rolls are still king of home attic insulation installations for their service life, insulation quality and practical costs. They are best installed between beams and joists.
  • Loose fill: Fiberglass, cellulose and rock wool are available as loose fill or blown in. When professionally blown in by your contractor, you may expect exceptional results. Moreover, loose fill may be installed in open wall cavities, if any, in the attic.
  • Spray on: Professionally installed spray-on foam is superior in R-value to thickness compared to other materials. It permanently adheres to your entire attic floor.

If you have questions about the attic insulation in your Long Island home, contact Cool Power today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about attic insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.

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