Attic insulation slows the transfer of heat from your home’s living quarters into your attic. Heat naturally moves into cooler zones, which is generally the opposite of what we want to happen in our homes. During the cold winter months, the warm, comfortable air in your living spaces rises and eventually passes into your attic. In the summer, warm air in your attic finds its way into the air-conditioned rooms below. These two very opposite scenarios lead to the same result: your heating or cooling system has to work harder, and your energy bills increase.
Fortunately, the solution to both problems is also the same. New attic insulation slows the movement of heat, resulting in less heat loss from your home in the winter, and less heat finding its way in during the summer. The result is a comfortable and more efficient home in all seasons.
Attic Insulation And HVAC
Quality attic insulation can improve the comfort of your living spaces, but it can also extend the lifespan of your home’s heating and cooling system. To counteract the heat transfer that occurs in an improperly-insulated home, the air conditioner and furnace have to work harder and longer. Not only does this result in more energy consumed, but it also causes more wear and tear on your equipment. Upgrading your attic insulation can reduce the demands on your HVAC equipment, which can in turn keep them in proper working order for longer.
How Much Attic Insulation Do You Need?
Insulating materials are measured and rated based on their thermal resistance, also known as the R-value. The higher the R-value of the material, the more effective it is at insulating. The R-value will vary depending on the material used, as well as its thickness and density. For homes in the Twin Cities area, the Department of Energy recommends attic insulation levels between R49 and R60. The exact amount needed will vary depending on an assortment of factors, including climate and the type of heating and cooling system you use. If you’re not sure how much attic insulation you need, it’s best to consult a professional.
DIY Versus Professional Insulation
Material, thickness, and density aren’t the only factors that determine the effectiveness of your insulation. How it is installed will also impact how well your new insulation works. If insulation is not properly installed, you won’t be able to enjoy the full benefits of your new investment. When in doubt, it’s better to work with a professional.
To learn more about your attic insulation options, contact the professionals at Craftmasters. Our goal is to provide our customers with the information they need to make the right decision for their home. As part of that goal, we offer a free Attic Assessment & Inspection to help you get a better understanding of your home’s insulation needs. The process includes the following steps:
- Measure your existing level of insulation
- Inspect soffit vents to ensure you are receiving proper airflow
- Visually inspect your home for any rodent/pest infestation
- Inspect the interior of your home for any potential mold growth
- Provide on-site photos for your review, and answer any questions you might have
We treat each home as if it were our own, because we want you to be completely satisfied with the decision you make. After the Assessment & Inspection has been completed, we will explain all of your options and help you find the right solution for your home. If you decide to take the next step, we’ll also provide you with an accurate and competitive price before your project begins.
To schedule your free Attic Assessment & Inspection, contact us today! The process is quick, simple, and will provide you with all of the information you need to make the right decision for your home and family.